In August, the citizens of Independence will be asked to vote on two sales tax issues.

In August, the citizens of Independence will be asked to vote on two sales tax issues. The proposition to continue the one-eighth-cent tax for the benefit of the city parks sounds like a worthwhile cause, but I am curious if the funds will be used to “improve” the city parks or used mainly for maintenance and repairs, which should be coming out of the city’s general budget.

When the park tax was first approved by the voters in 2002 I saw a number of improvements at our city parks as promised, but in recent years the improvements seem to have stopped.

I think it would be a good idea for the city to explain to its citizens exactly how the tax revenue will be used to keep improving the parks in perpetuity, since there will not be a sunset clause this time. I can understand the tax for storm water control since that problem will continue indefinitely, but just how many improvements can be made to the parks?

My concern is that once this tax is passed, the city will reduce the Parks and Recreation Department’s budget accordingly and the funds will be used for general maintenance.