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Avoid Financial Disaster After A Natural One, And Spending The One-Eighth-Cent Sales Tax

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Seft Hunter, of Communities Creating Opportunity, is encouraged by the one-eighth-cent sales tax passage, but says "we really have to look at targeted and strategic investment if we're going to see these funds actually make a discernable difference."

Emergency preparedness is in the national consciousness in a big way. Today, the Smart Money Experts make a special trip to the studio to discuss preparing your family's finances for the wide-ranging effects of a natural disaster. Then, Kansas City voters in April approved a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase aimed at developing the long-neglected east side of town. We'll find out how the city will ensure that money is spent effectively, transparently and with the community's needs in mind.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.