TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY STREETCAR VOTE DISPARITY!!! MAYOR SLY AND TOY TRAIN SUPPORTERS WILL GET "YES" VOTERS A NOTARY BUT "NO" VOTERS SEEM TO BE ON THEIR OWN!!!
Check out another insipid aspect of Kansas City's Downtown Streetcar Taxing District Vote . . .
"I received a letter from Connect KC today signed by Mayor Sly James -- Lots of pro comments about the streetcar being good for development, plus a reminder that my ballot must be notarized before it is mailed back. The letter provided a number that I could call to schedule a notary, 816-###-####. There was also a stamped envelope with a card that reads,
"Yes, I support the creation of a Transportation District in Downtown Kansas City. Please contact me about notarizing my ballot."
"This leads me to believe that I am on my own to find a notary if I vote no, but they will be ever so accommodating to "yes" voters. Obviously there is a LOT of money being spent to get this on the ballot. I hope you do get the word out to those that did get ballots that this will cost them in higher property taxes, rents and sales taxes. Part of the proposed tax would come from a special property tax that would be assessed yearly. The formula is .70 for every $100 of assessed value with assessed value being 19% of market value. So a property with market value of $150,000 would cost a that property owner about $23 a month more in taxes. We don't need MORE taxes to drive people and businesses out of the downtown area. And I have seen no mention of where they plan to obtain yearly operating costs that can run into the millions."
In just about every way possible this KC Streetcar taxing district election is rigged . . . Kansas City politicos and supporters should ashamed of themselves for how they have subverted Democracy in order to get their way rather than attempting to build any kind of consensus for a pricey toy train that this entire town will eventually have to support.
DEVELOPING . . .