Where is Martin City?
We are located in the 6th Council District of south Kansas City, Missouri. Martin City boundary maps >>
What is the Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID)?
MCCID was founded in 2005 by 75+ local Martin City business leaders motivated to fix up the neighborhood. (The creation of a CID allows non-residential property owners in a defined area to pay an additional tax to help fund improvements and services within the boundaries of that defined area.)
To create the Martin City CID, we were required to organize a board of directors and submit a five-year plan to the City of Kansas City, Missouri describing the purpose of our district, the services we expected to provide, the improvements we had planned, an estimate of the costs of those services and improvements, and the maximum rates of property taxes and special assessments we would impose within the district.
On January 23, 2005, with a majority of signatures from Martin City property owners, the Martin City Community Improvement District was officially adopted as an ordinance by the Kansas City, Missouri City Council.
Martin City CID Leadership
The Martin City CID is governed by a Board of Directors made up of seven property owners with locally owned businesses in Martin City. They have a direct stake in the success of the community because they are Martin City. This is their community. Each person serves a 4-year term. We also have the support of the South KC Chamber, hired in 2018 to manage the Martin City Community Improvement District.
How is the Martin City CID Funded?
We generate revenue from an annual property tax assessment on each parcel located within the CID boundaries and a 1/2 cent sales tax on purchases from all retail stores located in the CID. Those businesses generate approximately $50M+ in sales tax revenue annually for the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Businesses located in the CID >>
A few things our CID pays for…
- District signage
- A security program with nightly patrols
- Street sweeping
- Streetscape beautification and bike racks
- Hanging flower baskets & maintenance
- Community events that bring customers to the area
- Business development initiatives that attract new companies to Martin City
- MartinCity.org website and social media accounts
- Administrative fees to the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for management of our CID
- Legal fees to keep our CID compliant with City and State requirements
- Professional fees for accounting and audits
As a self-taxing entity, the Martin City CID is able to generate revenue for projects that might not otherwise be funded by KCMO. It also allows us to get to work quickly instead of waiting for funding we may never receive.
A perfect example is the 135th Street redevelopment project. The Martin City CID purchased the right of way for the entire section of 135th Street that runs through Martin City, and we raised enough money to get the project off the ground. If we had relied on the City alone, we might still be looking at the old, crumbled road!
We work with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City to offer state and local incentives to businesses that want to locate or expand in Martin City We also work closely with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Jackson County, and the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority of KC to fund new roads, sidewalks, traffic signals, water and sewer systems, and other infrastructure improvements that spur growth and development in Martin City.
See how we accomplished all 3-phases of 135th Street construction>>
What We’re Working On Now
Holmes Road Improvements!
- Widening the two-lane road from Blue Ridge Boulevard to 137th Street to three-lanes with a center turn lane
- Addition of a 5-foot sidewalk down the east side
- Addition of a 10-foot multi-use trail on the west side
- New curbs and gutters
- New street lighting
- Minor extension of 135th Street east to accommodate future developments
Participation is the Path to Success!
If you own a business or work in Martin City, you are a stakeholder in our community’s success. We strongly encourage you to join us in our efforts to make Martin City the best it can be. Our monthly board meetings are open to the public and held on the second Thursday of each month, from 8:30 am-10:00 am, at Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse.
Meeting minutes are posted as soon as they are available.
For more information about the Martin City CID, please contact our District Manager, Vickie Wolgast, at 816-308-1023 or firstname.lastname@example.org