Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dead Tree Media T-Bones Stadium Solution

Newspaper attempt @ compromise where everybody loses: Each side would win some, lose some in sale of T-Bones' ballpark to Unified Government

9 Comments:

Anonymous said...

There's no end of these stories and they go something like this:
I have a great idea that everyone is going to love, but I don't have any money.
The least the taxpayers could do is pay for my great idea that enogh people love that it will soon pay for itself.
Not enough people like my idea and I can't pay my bills, but if the taxpayers don't double down I'll threaten to take my great idea somewhere else.
OK, now I'll stay, but the taxpayers have so much invested in my great idea that they're stuck with me forever.
Repeat.

Anonymous said...

Read it for yourself:

Friday, March 21, 2003
C:\Users\1\Desktop\Lawsuit throws a $480K heater at KC’s T-Bones - Kansas City Business Journal.mht

Worner worked with RED Development to give the T-Bones the land for the ballpark, as well as $5 million in STAR bonds to help build it. Worner also helped RED activate an additional $5 million in STAR bonds to build an adjacent parking lot, which the T-Bones will not own.

"Rick was certainly instrumental," said Dan Lowe, a RED principal in Kansas City.

The T-Bones made local waves in September when the team announced that it was moving from Minnesota.

By year's end, the club had sold more than 700 season tickets and thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. In February, the T-Bones announced a 10-year naming- rights agreement for the 4,500-seat ballpark to CommunityAmerica Credit Union for an undisclosed amount.

Parcel Number: 285906 RED DEVELOPMENT
Property Address: 1801 VILLAGE WEST PKWY
Billing Address: 4717 CENTRAL ST
Legal Description: L31 & PT L29 LS PARK STRCTR AS FOL: BEG 136.76FT W & 100FT S NE COR NW1/4 2-11-23; S 317.02FT, W 186.13FT, N66W-190.08FT, W 134.95FT, N 235.32FT, E 492.73FT TO POB ALSO LS PT L29 E OF PARK STRUCTURE AND NW OF L28 CONTG 51.616AC M/L
Tax Year

Details Pay...
2009 57898 1472257.85 0.00 1472257.85
Details Pay...
2008 259846 1483024.96 79611.78 1562636.74
Details
2007 259766 0.00 TOTAL DUE: 3,034,894.59

Note: This is a small bit history of the screwing of the people of Wyandotte County. From 2003 lies and liars making back rooms deals so that a few people can become rich beyond their wildest dreams and the rest of us pay the bills.
We're sick bailing out bankrupt companies. Drive by the Woodlands and view the management skills of the Unified Government.

PAY YOUR OWN BILLS AND TAXES LIKE THE REST OF US.


Anonymous said...

I like the way the media spins this as some kind of win for the county. Had this park never been built and the T-Bones never have come to Wyandotte County the economy would have been the same and the County government would have saved lots of money.

The Star thru out the same "economic impact" crap that these spin doctors use. Tornados have an economic impact, vandals who break windows have economic impact. The question is does it create a net positive benefit and if so is a government entity qualified to make that decision?

Anonymous said...

KANSAS
Kansas City: Members of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission were informed Feb. 15 that thousands of dollars have been stolen from The Woodlands, where six employees have been fired since early January. The missing funds were reported to the commission by track management after other track employees discovered undocumented expenditures on the books.

In his first public report on the case, Tracy Diel, the commission's interim executive director, told other commission members that new information still was coming to light and that the investigation was not completed. Diel also reported that the Wyandotte County district attorney's office has been alerted to the commission's investigation at the racetrack and will be asked to consider criminal charges.

Diel told the commission that checks were made out to at least one racetrack employee and cashed, but the money was not used for track expenses. "That individual was getting cash to provide goods and services at The Woodlands, but was not procuring those goods and services," said Diel, who declined to name the employee.

Diel said the scam apparently worked for as long as it did, perhaps a year, because of the plausible cover story the employee said he used - that some merchants preferred to deal in cash because of widespread concerns that the financially troubled track could close.

Diel told commissioners the matter appeared to be a case of "a lack of control, a lack of accounting by management." He said investigators were reconstructing all suspicious expenditures, trying to determine who was involved in each one and whether an actual purchase was made. "The level of mismanagement on site makes it difficult to verify if something was bought or services were given," he said.

Diel emphasized that none of the suspected acts of wrongdoing involved racing or the integrity of the track's wagering system. "At no time were wagers imperiled because of the goings-on behind the scenes," he said.


Sources: The Kansas City Star: Rick Alm; The Lawrence Journal-World: The Associated Press

Anonymous said...

The brilliance of corruption. Wyandotte County has made an art form out of government corruption.

Well done on a another winning scam.

Anonymous said...


http://designbuild.construction.com/features/archive/2003/0312_feature3.asp

Feature Story - December 2003
Owner Says New T-Bones Stadium Is Very Well Done

Good Government

Another key element was the cooperation of Kansas City. For one thing, city inspectors sped up the approval process. "A lot of the formal processes that a typical city has for reviews were accomplished on a more informal basis through direct interaction with the city and us," says Graham. "We didn’t turn a set of drawings in and wait six weeks for the comments. We turned in the parts of the drawings as [the architect] was designing them and met with the city and went over them. It was a real testimony to a great community that wanted to get things done."

The city also provided Ehlert Development Corp. and Redd Development, which developed the adjacent shopping center and recreation area, with STAR Bond financing. This helped to cover the cost of infrastructure and development costs such as retaining walls, landscaping and common areas. Sales tax revenue goes into a common pot and will eventually pay back the bonds, according to Thiessen.

The bonds also enabled Ehlert to increase the budget. "The STAR Bond financing allowed the team owner, who probably would have built maybe an $8 to $9-million dollar stadium, to be able to build a $14 to $16-million dollar stadium," says Graham. "The public subsidy was used to enhance the project and to be able to build a much nicer product."

Anonymous said...

We can hear the sucking sounds on the public treasury from KCK to Hawaii. These deals help keep the UG bums winter tans refreshed and glowing.

At the next council meeting you will see the bums hiding behind the computer monitors as usual. Mr. Reverend Mayor will do his Bambi in the headlights routine, community leaders will protest, yet they're the ones who keep these creeps in business.

KICK THEM ALL OUT.

Anonymous said...

Go back to Minnesota T-bones. There's enough losers in Wyandotte County.

Anonymous said...

8 Million for the T-Bones
6 Million for a YMCA no one wants
14 Million total
0 for a Grocery store in the North East
Good Job Mayor