GO Bonds Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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The General Obligation (GO) Bond Program: On April 4, 2017, Kansas City voters approved an $800 million infrastructure repair plan. The plan is known as GO KC.

The following are the frequently asked questions and answers provided to residents prior to the vote:

Residents will see three ballot questions, and each question must receive a “Yes” vote of at least 57.1 percent of voters to be approved. Each question will pass or fail individually.

Question #1 calls for approving the issuance of $600 million in bonds to repair streets, bridges and sidewalks. This would include trails. $150 million of this would be dedicated to creating a new, city-funded sidewalk repair program that eliminates the homeowner assessment.

Question #2 calls for approving the issuance of $150 million in bonds to improve flood control to prevent floodwaters from damaging homes and businesses. The City will maximize matching federal grants for flood control projects.

Question #3 calls for approving the issuance of $50 million in bonds to repair public buildings. This would include replacing the outdated animal shelter, in partnership with private fundraising, and renovating public buildings to satisfy federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

  • GO Bond

    • How would the new sidewalk repair program work?

    • What about homeowners who have already paid to fix sidewalks?

    • How will the public-private partnership work to replace the current KCMO Animal Shelter?

    • How would projects be selected and prioritized?

    • How would the public have input on which projects to select?

  • GO Bond Finance

    • What is a general obligation bond?

    • What is the impact on my property taxes?

    • Why do cities use general obligation bonds to pay for public infrastructure?

    • Why does the City borrow funds to pay for public infrastructure rather than using cash or existing taxes?

    • If the City fails to pay off the bonds, can bondholders seize private property to pay back the bonds?