CELEBRATE THE MIDTOWN MONEY FIGHT!!! TIF AND MAINCOR VS. CROSBY KEMPER III AND KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!!
Kelly Brook's fine backside and a photo set featuring her British goodness highlight yet another Kansas City money fight that's getting a lot of attention among insiders . . .
Check the crux of a recent Kevin Collison story that didn't get as much play as it deserved . . .
"Crosby Kemper III, CEO of the Kansas City Public Library, says that if the city wants Main Street improved, it should fund the project itself and not use TIF revenues. He believes profoundly that his organization (KC Public Library), along with other taxing jurisdictions such as Kansas City Public Schools and Jackson County, are being ripped off."
It's a good argument . . . The thought of KCPS cash funding private biz development is rather tragic. Then again, given the hot mess over accreditation and the impending Missouri Department Of Education takeover, maybe lunch money for "scholars" is better spent somewhere else.
On the surface this is the same old pseudo-intellectual debate about public subsidy and development that Kansas City has never really solved.
But let's dig deeper . . .
Kansas City is now in the process of rolling back more than a few TIFs in a somewhat surprise move.
What's the big surprise?!?!?
BEHIND THE SCENES KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN THAT TIF CASH IS NOW BEING FUNNELED TO FUND MAYOR SLY'S DOWNTOWN TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!
So . . . Once again advocates of Kansas City fiscal responsibility stay losing while TIF in some parts of the city is getting a second look . . . Suddenly, our horrible Toy Train scheme seems to be the beneficiary of City Hall largess and not (never) local neighborhoods.