What’s behind the water bonds on the April 8 ballot?

faucetOn the April 8 City ballot, residents will be asked to authorize $500 million worth of revenue bonds to upgrade the city’s water system.

According to supporters, the revenue would “ensure affordable, clean and safe drinking water for all.“

The money will be used for: rehabilitating and expanding water treatment plants, pump stations and other water facility improvements; replacing water mains; ensuring a reliable water supply to include modifications and/or supplemental water supplies; continuing expansion of the water distribution system; replacing and repairing hydrants; and protecting and safeguarding the waterworks system.

Supporters also argue that with interest rates at a low point, this is a good time for voters to approve the bonds, potentially saving tens of millions of dollars.  The issue does not require a tax increase. The cost of the bonds would be paid through Water Services Department revenue. While rates have been increasing, city officials have said they will drop them if the bonds are approved.

The Kansas City Star has recommended a yes vote on this issue.

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