TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! READ THE FINE PRINT AS MAYOR SLY, CITY COUNCIL & A FEW HUNDRED VOTERS STICK KANSAS CITY WITH A TOY TRAIN BILL FOR +$100 MIL!!!
I think it's important to pause and take a good look at how Mayor Sly James, The City Council and the business community are betraying Kansas City and destroying local Democracy.
The Downtown Toy Train Streetcar is not mass transit. It only runs less than 2 miles.
The Downtown Toy Train Streetcar will not spark development and City Hall has long history of failing to make this dangerous brand of "tin cup urbanism" profitable.
The "TDD" put into play with the help from Council Dude Russ Johnson is one of the most DESPICABLE schemes ever devised in Kansas City political history because it cuts out voters who are going to have to pay for this pipe dream in the long run.
Furthermore . . .
KANSAS CITY'S DOWNTOWN TOY TRAIN STREETCAR IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS TOWN'S MISPLACED PRIORITIES AND FAILURE TO LEARN FROM COSTLY MISTAKES!!!
The Downtown Kansas City Streetcar is a reason to move FAR AWAY from the grips of an incompetent political class and a vicious business community that looks only to profit from this beleaguered town.
THIS COSTLY DOWNTOWN TOY TRAIN STREETCAR IS PUTTING KANSAS CITY ON THE TRACK TO FACE THE SAME FINANCIAL RUIN AS CITIES LIKE DETROIT!!!
P&L District FAIL, Sprint Center without a promised pro-team and so many other local white elephants provide proof that City Hall FAILING TRACK RECORD when it comes to attracting a profitable crowd. Sadly, there isn't any evidence that this scheme will work and the architects of this STREETCAR CONSPIRACY don't want anybody asking questions.
So the plan continues because nobody cares enough to vote and Mayor Sly and City Council don't seem to feel accountable to their constituents or anyone besides the power brokers and special interests who really run this wicked little town.
To wit . . . Take a look at this document that's going far and wide. This is really a testament to how much Democracy doesn't mater.
Here's the money quote:
"The critical information is that a register voter that lives within the TDD must apply for a ballot. The application period will commence August 31, 2012 and will end at 5:00PM on October 2, 2012. Applications and maps of the TDD boundary are available at the Jackson County Circuit Court Administrator's office at 415 East 12th Street, 3rd floor, and the application form can be downloaded from http://ww.16thcircuit.org/streetcar.
Ballots will be mailed on October 30, 2012 to those registered voters that have submitted a valid application. The ballots will be due back by mail no later than December 11, 2012."
After the jump there are a few of the finer details . . .
Read the fine print on how this travesty will be executed . . .
NOTICE OF ELECTION AND REQUIREMENT TO APPLY FOR BALLOT IN ADVANCE
TAKE NOTICE that by Order of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, Hon. Charles E. Atwell, Presiding, an election by mail‐in ballot has been called for the purpose of considering the questions of imposing a one percent sales tax and levying certain special assessments in that area specifically described in the Amended Petition in this proceeding on file in the office of the Court Administrator of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri and located generally (but the specific legal description controls) in those areas of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri commonly referred to as River Market, the Downtown Loop, Crossroads and Crown Center/Union Station, for the purpose of funding the development of the following transportation project: the design, construction, ownership and/or operation of a downtown fixed rail streetcar line, and all elements thereof, including without limitation a maintenance facility, operating within the boundaries of, or serving and benefiting, the District.
In order to vote in this mail‐in election, you must
• Reside within the boundary of the District
• Apply for a ballot
• Be a registered voter at the time you apply for a ballot
• Provide proof of voter registration at the time you apply for a ballot as discussed below
• Return the application for a ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2012
Applications for a ballot are available as follows:
• Download from http://www.16thcircuit.org/streetcar (internet access required), or
• Pick up at the Jackson County Courthouse, 415 East 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
64106, Third Floor, Room 303, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except legal holidays
You will not receive a ballot unless
• you submit a valid application in accordance with the instructions on the application, and
• your application is received by the Circuit Court Administrator’s office before 5:00 p.m.
on October 2, 2012
Ballots will be mailed on October 30, 2012, only to those who have timely and validly applied for a ballot. Ballots will be due for return no later than 5 p.m. on December 11, 2012 in accordance with instructions on the ballot.
You must include proof of voter registration from the election authority when returning the application.