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Sales tax for roads is proposed

Gathering support for the county's transportation plan, the Platte County Commission will participate in a series of Transportation Task Force update meetings throughout October.

In an effort led by 2nd District Commissioner Steve Wegner, the county began reviewing the long-time problems that have plagued Platte County roads in 2001.

Together with a 25-member citizen task force, the county has been developing a plan that will bring the greatest transportation benefits to the county.

After months of collaboration, the citizen task force has made a recommendation for a 3/8 cents sales tax for road improvements. During this series of Transportation Task Force update meetings, Platte County officials will discuss the proposed tax and its impact on roads and infrastructure in neighboring cities.

Three Transportation Task Force meetings will be held at:
•7 p.m., Oct. 7, at Parkville City Hall
•7 p.m., Oct. 9, Edgerton City Hall; and
•7 p.m., Oct. 16, at Weston City Hall

The commission had invited the mayors, aldermen, and trustees from every municipality in Platte County to attend these meetings.

"Seventy-six percent of the county's population lives in incorporated areas of the county," Wegner said. "In order for the county to pass a transportation plan, it's essential that we have the support of these incorporated areas."

For more information, contact Kevin Kuzma, Platte County Public Affairs Coordinator, at 816-858-1906.