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 projects. The Capital Improvements Sales tax was originally approved by voters in
1997 and continued by voters in 2007.
City 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 No. 13) for 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
No. 13 only for voters in District 4.
Lee's Summit's City Charter is the core document that definesthe 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 on the ballot for voter
consideration in April of 2017. All 12 amendments can be found on this flyer.