TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! BACKGROUND ON TODAY'S KANSAS CITY EMERGENCY BILLBOARD BLIGHT FIGHT!!!
Once again the topic of Kansas City billboards is set to cause a ruckus today at City Hall.
THE TOPIC OF KANSAS CITY BILLBOARD FEES IS NOW AN EMERGENCY BALLOT ISSUE THAT GOES TO COMMITTEE TODAY!!!
Check the ordinance under discussion . . .
"Providing for submission to the qualified voters of the City for their approval at a general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the question of whether to enact a $100.00 per sign face business license tax on outdoor advertising structures . . . And recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure."
There is some exceptionally relevant opposition to this vote . . .
Opponents of this move note that the fee won't raise much cash, will require a new hire that will represent more expense AND make the collection process more complicated.
However . . . One of the very best TKC TIPSTERS provides a bit of EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT into this process . . .
"The current situation is that the 2% gross revenue tax failed to get on the ballot because Jan Marcason convinced Melba Curls not to vote for this. Sharp and Reed could not convince her to vote for her district because most of the blighted billboards are in the inner city. They are mostly the small billboards. The $100 per side was a Lamar proposal at the last minute. Of course they do not want the percentage because that will increase as they raise prices for billboards."
Here's what's more important to TKC . . .
BILLBOARD BLIGHT ACTIVISTS HAVE EMERGED AS A SERIOUS CONSIDERATION IN SHAPING CITY HALL LEGISLATION AFTER ADVOCATING FOR YEARS STARTING WITH ONLY A FEW PEOPLE!!!
Even more interestingly and EXCLUSIVELY . . .
DID YOU KNOW THAT FORMER MINUTEMAN LADY FRANCIS SEMLER IS NOW FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST KANSAS CITY BILLBOARD BLIGHT?!?!
Nice to see a bit of a community concern change up from the old girl . . . Somebody else told us she was reluctantly stumping for Obama or at least staying quiet on the subject out of respect for family campaigners.
Anyhoo . . .
THIS VOTE COMES DOWN TO COUNCIL LADY JAN MARCASON AND MIGHT RISK HER DECIDEDLY LOWER PROFILE UNDER MAYOR SLY'S REGIME!!!
Surprisingly, she took this issue into her committee because it relates to revenue which was an interesting power move . . .
TKC Readers might want to tell Council Lady Jan what to do . . . (Other than using less cayenne pepper in her infamous potato salad recipe) . . .
This issue is complicated and I'm not sure exactly what it accomplishes even after watching the really long and boring video . . .
While the $100 fee is a disappointment to most who wanted the 2% Billboard levy . . . This could be just a first step from City Hall in cracking down on what is a largely unregulated Kansas City industry OR . . . It's just another lame City Council effort to keep everybody happy.
Still . . . This is another controversial issue that could be decided by the half dozen people who will vote.
DEVELOPING . . .