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Kansas City early childhood tax vote delayed until April

August 17, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Sly James says he will postpone plans to put a sales tax increase for expanding early childhood education on the November ballot.

James said Friday that he would instead push for the proposal for a three-eighths-cent sales tax to be voted on in April. The tax would generate $30 million per year for pre-K assistance.

The Kansas City Star reports James was responding to concerns from Kansas City area school districts over details of the proposal.

Gayden Carruth is executive director of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City, which represents 31 school districts in the area. She says the districts are relieved by the mayor’s decision.

School leaders were especially concerned that taxpayer money could go to private, charter and faith-based pre-K programs.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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