2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of Overland Park, KS
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Kansas

After decades of expansion, the city of Overland Park was faced with the problem of bringing country roads up to the standards of city infrastructure. By levying a 1/8-cent sales tax, they created a funding pool to both repair and build new roads. Since 1998, the program has been renewed by the citizens of Overland Park three times, and the program has been expanded to include other projects like street lights, traffic signals, and sidewalks, as well as launching an app that lets citizens see which projects the fund has created through an interactive map.

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