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April 4, 2017 Election
of Lee’s Summit voters will be asked to consider several questions as part of
the April 4, 2017 ballot initiative. All of the questions can be broken
out into three categories, 1) City Charter Amendments (Questions
1 – 12); 2) Capital Improvements Sales Tax continuation (Tax
Renewal Question “A") and the final question 3) Recall District 4
Councilmember Christopher Moreno (Question 13) for District 4 only.
City Charter Amendments
Lee's Summit's City
Charter is the core document that defines the organization, powers, functions,
and essential procedures of city government, comparable to the Constitution of
the United States or Missouri's State Constitution. Originally adopted by voters in 1996, any
changes or amendments to the Charter must be approved by voters.
The Charter requires
that at least once every 10 years the City Council appoint a group of citizens,
known as the Charter Review Commission, to review the Charter and recommend to
the voters any proposed amendments. The
first Charter Review Commission convened in 2006 and six amendments were
considered and approved by voters in 2007.
The second Charter
Review Commission, comprised of 12 citizen members, began meeting in January of
2016. After nearly a year of
deliberation, the Commission proposed 12 amendments to be placed 24on the
ballot for voter consideration in April of 2017. All 12 amendments are listed here. Additional details coming soon.
Capital Improvement Sales Tax Continuation
The City of Lee’s Summit will be asking voters to
consider whether or not to continue the ½-Cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax
for a period of 15 years (2018-2033). Funds generated from continuing this
sales tax will provide for road, transportation-related, and stormwater system
improvements. The Capital Improvements Sales tax was originally approved by
voters in 1997 and continued by voters in 2007.
More details coming soon.
3. Recall Petition - District 4 only
The City of Lee's Summit was
petitioned by registered voters of District 4 for the recall of District 4
Councilmember Christopher Moreno in conformance with the Charter for the City
of Lee's Summit. A recall petition requires at least thirty percent of
the total number of votes cast for the office in which the councilmember was
elected, thereby requiring 524 valid signatures in order to constitute a
sufficient petition. The petition was certified by the Jackson County Board of
Election Commissioners as containing 621 valid signatures from registered
voters in District 4, a sufficient number to place the question on the April 4,
2017 ballot. This issue will appear on
the ballot as Question #13 only for voters in District 4. Ballot Language coming soon.
Elections for Municipal Officials serving the City of Lee’s Summit are held in even-numbered years. Lee's Summit is a Charter form of government, setting the terms for all city councilmembers to four years in length. With an eight-member Council, terms for half the Council and one municipal judge will expire every even-numbered year. The position of Mayor is also a four-year term. No councilmember or mayor may serve more than two consecutive terms. There are no limits for municipal judges.
The next regularly scheduled election will be held in April of 2018. Qualifications for candidates filing for office in Lee’s Summit are included in the City Charter, Article III.
Absentee Voting Eligibility
Resident of Jackson County outside the corporate limits of the city of Kansas City.
You MUST have one of the following reasons for voting absentee:
Absence from your voting jurisdiction on election day
You are incapacitated due to illness, injury or physical disability or you assist someone with illness, injury or disability
Religious belief or practice
Employment by an election authority
Missouri does NOT have Early Voting - only Absentee Voting is permitted.
Absentee Voting begins on the sixth Tuesday prior to the day of the election
Absentee Voting in Person:
JCEB Offices - 215 N. Liberty, Independence, MO 64050
Absentee Voting by Mail:
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