No tax increase bond initiative for street improvements
Warrensburg voters will have the opportunity to approve $17 million in general obligation (G.O.) bonds for street improvements including bridges, stormwater infrastructure and sidewalks. These improvements are critical to the city’s transportation infrastructure. Bonds will be paid for with a property tax approved in 2017 for upgrades to the traffic signal system and to build Veterans Road. The existing property tax is set to expire in 2022. The property tax was approved 63% of voters in 2017.
The city invests in capital improvements to keep infrastructure strong, streets clear, and residents safe. This bond issuance will provide funds for critical projects that are core to city’s basic infrastructure.
Things to Know:
- The proceeds from the general obligation bonds can only be used to fund street and road improvements including bridges, stormwater infrastructure and sidewalks.
- Voters first approved this property tax in 2017. This will be the first renewal. The ballot language is similar to 2017 when 63% of voters approved the issuance of general obligations.
- A “yes” vote means your property tax rate stays the same.
Voter Information and Important Dates
March 10, 2021: Last day to register to vote.
April 6, 2021: Election Day
About the Potential Projects
Warrensburg’s Maguire/50 Interchange -- the bridge crossing U.S. Highway 50 connecting the northern part of town with the rest of town via Maguire Street -- has been identified as an area of improvement for many years by the community. Warrensburg has spent the past few years working on a study to strategically examine the bridge standards and traffic capacity needs of the community so there can be continued growth and satisfaction in the future.
The Maguire Street Corridor Plan was completed in October 2012. This plan assessed the improvement needs of Maguire stretching from Highway 50 to Route DD. In the Spring of 2016, the Maguire Street Phase 1A Conceptual Study was completed. This study discovered that traffic gets backed up as far south as Grover Street at times. To address this, City Council and staff implemented Traffic Signal Upgrades in 2018/19 for timing and traffic flow. However, much of the backlog still exists. The study also identified a plan to improve traffic capacity and replace the Maguire Bridge, from Cooper to Young Street. Finally, the study highlighted that height of the bridge does not meet the Federal minimum standard.
HDR Engineering was hired for the design of this project, giving the community 3 possible designs for the improved bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
View the frequently asked questions for the G.O. Bond issue.
Have more questions?
Attend one of the virtual public meetings or Q&As about the G.O. bond initiative. Check out the Facebook page for more information. The meetings will be on:
- March 11th at 12 p.m. -- Virtual public meeting via Zoom
- March 16th at 5:30 p.m. -- Virtual public meeting via Zoom
- March 30th at 12 p.m. -- Facebook Live Q&A
- April 5th at 10 a.m. -- Facebook Live Q&A
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