Lee’s Summit Chamber endorses no-tax increase bond for public safety improvements

Lee’s Summit, Mo. – The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the No-Tax Increase General Obligation Bond for public safety improvements at its September 21 board meeting. It was determined by leaders serving on the board that an endorsement was in the long-term best interest of the community. Voters heading to the polls on November 8 are asked to vote in favor of the General Obligation Bond.

From the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce

The No-Tax Increase General Obligation Bond addresses three important public safety enhancements the Chamber feels are important to keeping our community safe, the business community thriving and most importantly, maintaining a high quality of life for citizens.

The vote is made possible by the fiscal responsibility of city leaders, with financial forecasts determining that additional debt can be issued to finance needed projects using existing revenue. The city is asking citizens of Lee’s Summit to approve the reissue of the General Obligation Bond to pay for the initiatives listed below:

A radio system digital upgrade, which will enhance the current communications system to digital technology, as well as connect Lee’s Summit to regional emergency management systems and personnel. Currently, communication with neighboring jurisdictions requires a third party connection to transfer messages, thereby increasing wait times for emergency assistance;
Replacement of fire station #3 which, by building assessments, is outdated and becoming obsolete. The facility also lacks space for personnel, equipment and Lee’s Summit ambulance services;
The replacement and improvement of the fire equipment and breathing apparatus for the fire department. The equipment is currently 10 years old and does not meeting industry standards.

“The Chamber Board applauds city leaders for taking the initiative to ask voters for the bond reissue with its core emphasis to substantially improve public safety efforts,” said Chamber President Tim Arbeiter. “A significant factor of our future growth lies in public safety and ensuring our first responders are well equipped.”

The Lee’s Summit Chamber encourages the business community and citizens of Lee’s Summit to vote “yes” on the reissuance of the General Obligation Bond to fund these invaluable community assets.

The Lee’s Summit Chamber was incorporated in 1968 and is a member-supported organization of businesses dedicated to creating opportunities for business success through networking, advocacy, and business and professional development. For additional information, call the Chamber at 816-524-2424.