There’s no need to ask: The answer should be a resounding, NO.
Fresh off the success of adding a never-sunsetting sales tax in Kansas City, Mo., to support the Kansas City Zoo,  the group that operates the park is already announcing  plans to ask Cass and Platte Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas to add a one-eighth cent sales tax to our purchases for the zoo.
Um. Not just no, but heck no.
The sales tax Kansas City voters approved last week will more than double the zoo’s annual budget. The tax is anticipated to add $14.2 million to the current budget of $11.6 million.
It seems incredibly greedy that their new-found funds are already too little, too late.
The joke, it seems, will be on Kansas City residents who need new sewers, infrastructure upgrades and are still subsidizing the Sprint Center each year. In the near future, their toilets may not flush, but at least they’ll get a reduced price on admission to a penguin attraction.
When the K.C. well runs dry, zoo officials have already made it clear that they’ll be reaching for Johnson County pockets next. What K.C. voters don’t know, or fail to understand, is that they’re quickly becoming the laughingstock of the Kansas City metro.
Last week, during a Johnson County Charter Commission meeting, County Chair Ed Eilert was told some of the his county’s success is due to the mismanagement of our neighbor, Kansas City. A roomful of more than 80 people shared a laugh at Kansas City’s expense.
Every time Kansas City voters approve a new tax, the sound of the laughter swells to the south. And the giant sucking sound of taxpayers being bled dry roars in the north.