On April 2, Kansas City, Mo., voters have an opportunity to renew, for another nine years, an existing 22-cent levy on their property tax to pay for health care for the poor who have no health insurance.
This tax would raise about $15 million per year that would get distributed to Truman Health Centers, KCMO ambulance service and five safety net clinics located throughout the KCMO city limits, both north and south of the river.
Without this renewal by the taxpayers of our community I am afraid of how our community will be able to take care of the poor in the upcoming years.
The Kansas City Star; Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City; the Civic Council; other businesses; labor, faith-based and not-for-profit groups have endorsed the renewal of this tax. The Mayor and KCMO City Council unanimously voted to put this proposal on the ballot this coming Tuesday.
Now it is up the voters. Please exercise your right to vote. If you care about the quality of care the underserved receive in this community, this is your chance to show your support.