Jackson County voters will decide on a half-cent sales tax proposal seeking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for medical research.
The measure would raise $800 million over 20 years to underwrite medical research at two private hospitals and the health professional schools at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. UMKC, Children’s Mercy and St. Luke’s hospitals would share the nearly $40 million the tax would raise annually. The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City says the area would benefit by furthering life sciences research. Opponents say there are no guarantees any cures would result from the research, and a sales tax to support medical research is a big departure from the responsibilities of county government. The measure will be on the November 5th ballot.