Write-in Candidates Will Complicate KC School Board Vote Today, Independence Votes on Money for Cops

The races for the Kansas City School Board election today are as muddy as the future of the district.
The Kansas City election board says results will be delayed because of so many write-in candidates on the ballot. The election board says with 12 of 14 candidates standing for election as write-in candidates, it will be days before all the ballots will be counted.
The write-in candidates include the school Board president, Airick West who is trying for a second term on the troubled board.
Only incumbent board member Arthur Benson and Jon Hile formally filed to run.
That does not mean the campaigns are not organized. There are several slates being offered that include write-in candidates.
Typically, Kansas City School Board elections attract a very small number of voters. With many write-in candidates that could be the case against today.
Polls remain open until 7pm tonight.
The new school board may the one the state of Missouri attempts to replace or eliminate. Several reform measures being considered in the state legislature would remove the elected board and replace with a special administrative panel.
The other big issue on the Kansas City area ballot is a call to raise taxes for the Independence Police Department.
The question on the ballot is whether or not voters will approve an increase in the city’s real estate tax. Boosters say it would raise taxes by about $69 per year.
The money would add people to the Independence Police Department. The Department says crime is on the rise in the city and they need more resources to fight back.
Critics, however, say Independence City Hall does not deserve the money because it does not spend its funds well. Critics point to the bass pro development near the I-435 and Highway 291 interchange. The City has had to pay money into the project because it is not meeting financial projections.

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