THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDER REVEALS TOP 5 REASONS TO OPPOSE ELIMINATION OF AT-LARGE COUNCIL DISTRICTS!!!
Earlier in the week, KICK-ASS Kansas City Insiders broke news on this blog that Mayor Sly James would keep his promise to put major charter changes to a public vote.
More than any other topic . . . The proposed elimination of "At-Large" Council Districts is a controversial measure that would completely change the landscape of local politics.
We've argued for this point time and again . . . However . . .
RIGHT NOW WE'D LIKE TO OFFER A MOMENT TO PREVIEW MOUNTING OPPOSITION TO ELIMINATING AT-LARGE COUNCIL DISTRICTS WHICH HAS STARTED TO ORGANIZE IN THE NORTHLAND!!!
The news revealed on this blog has sent shockwaves through the Northland and now politicos across the bridge are starting to kick their activity into high gear for April elections.
Accordingly . . .
CHECK THE TOP 5 REASONS THAT KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND RESIDENTS ARE OPPOSING THE MOVE TO DITCH THE AT-LARGE COUNCIL DISTRICTS!!!
These reasons are according to a RATHER BRILLIANT NORTHLAND INSIDER who is already busy rallying support to the cause on the phone this weekend.
1. Voter Representation
A serious reduction of voting opportunities for Kansas City residents is touted as the MOST IMPORTANT reason to oppose the elimination of at-large districts.
Right now Kansas City voters can cast their ballots for their in-district council person, their at-large rep, the Mayor and then at-large reps from all of the 5 other districts.
An insider says this:
"Under the current system I have 8 people who represent me as a voter in Kansas City. There are 8 elected officials who I can contact in order to advocate any position across the city. Eliminate council districts and you've cut down my representation to only 2 - The Mayor and my Council-member. People aren't thinking about what they might give up if this charter change should come to pass."
The voter representation angle might play well among some locals who fear that they'll be marginalized by losing more city-wide representation in this vote.
2. Racially Divisive Legislation
This is the real political fight in Kansas City that few will dare to mention.
BEHIND THE SCENES, WHITE KANSAS CITY VOTERS ARE OFFENDED BY A MOVE TO PUT MORE MINORITIES ON THE CITY COUNCIL!!!
The sordid topic of racial divisions in KCMO will mostly be ignored by the mainstream media but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Like it or not, opposition to charter change will be organized AGAINST efforts to include more minorities on the council which some feel is a measure to achieve a quota in line with population numbers and not based on the merits of any candidate in particular.
3. Capital Improvement Disaster
This reason is more complex and not as much fun but still important . . . In order to divide the districts equally in terms of population, some geographic areas will be greater than others. Accordingly, some districts would take on increased responsibility for capital improvements which may not coincide with increased revenue.
"This would destroy PIAC" one insider noted.
It's likely that any change in council districts would also necessitate a change in the way capital improvement money is allocated but that's not currently written into the ballot language and would be left to City Hall to decide on their own and after the fact. Accordingly, opposition to at-large council district elimination among finance-minded voters doesn't trust City Hall to divide capital improvement dollars equitably and without consent from voters.
4. Opposition To Increasingly Provincial Kansas City Politics
More Kansas City Council Districts would increase the fight for dwindling local resources among politicos, add more combatants to the fray and eliminate any reason for a politico to care about another district according to Northland Insiders.
5. No More Districts That Cross the Bridge
Right now, just a bit of the 4th District resides in the Northland. This "heart of Kansas City" district would undoubtedly be eliminated amid charter change and some opponents to this measure feel that would lead to an increasing disconnect between both sides of Kansas City.
All of these reasons were explained to TKC in a manner far more eloquent than what I've relayed tonight but this is a good primer in understanding the other side of the issue that mainstream media has yet to examine.
And all of this has inspired tonight's playlist.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday Night.