Wednesday, February 19, 2014

TKC EXCLUSIVE: IS THE MOVE TO TAKE AWAY MAYOR SLY'S TOY TRAIN PART OF A KANSAS CITY ANTI-TAX TREND?!?!



TKC Note: Here's a missive from one of the few anti-tax groups in Midtown Kansas City that seems to be looking for a trend in opposition to Mayor Sly James . ..

DERAIL THE STREETCAR TRIPLE TAX

The Mayor appointed his Country Club Right of Way Advisory Committee for phase 2 of the Streetcar. The Mayor promised the attendees at the Wornall Baptist Church meeting on February 5 for the purpose of "Saving the Trolley Trail”; he would appoint this committee and asked the audience how many people they felt should be on it. 30 seemed to be the number suggested. The committee has 31 members, only 5 appear to be individuals dedicated to saving the Trolley Trail. Some of the other members don't even live in the proposed TDD area and definitely have hidden agendas.

Here we go again. Another hand picked Committee that will try and force the outcome.

Well, I believe the people of Kansas City are beginning to see right through his type of politics. They told the Mayor NO on taking over the Police Department. They told the Mayor NO on taking over the public schools. They told the Mayor NO when he wanted more power over the City Manager. They are telling the Mayor NO on trying to force a $1.5 Billion Dollar Single Terminal Airport down our throats and they will tell him, NO on the $500,000,000 phase 2 of the Streetcar.

This move creates unfair TAXES on Kansas City Voters. There are triple taxes in some cases. It is taxation without representation. We all need to get involved and take back our City so we can focus on what is really needed. No more "sexy" projects, lets do what the voters need and deserve. DERAIL THE STREETCAR TRIPLE TAX!

Citizens for Responsible Government
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23 Comments:

elBryan said...

I just want to be clear that this isn't simply about opposing a tax. It's about including the entire city in a complex decision that will have a large impact on the way we attract business, residents, and tourists. Streetcar advocates would rather disenfranchise voters than sell their ideas to skeptics or make compromises with their vision. Many of us are open to the idea of being taxed to fund public transit improvements, but were never even asked if streetcar was the best or preferred way to "upgrade".

Anonymous said...

Impressive. That's a lot of words to type with Pat Tuohey on your lap.

Anonymous said...

I see Dan Ceoffey's viagra has wore off.

the Polar Bear said...

No reference to Mexicans ? elBryan are there no Mexicans involved in Northland Toy Train? Where would you suggest the Toy Train stop in the Northland? Perhaps the empty Metro North? How about one of the many Tattoo shops on North Oak? Wait, how about the soon to be closed NKC Hospital ? The Polar Bear jokes you elBryan. There is no room in a modern day KC for a Toy Train that voters obviously don't want. Poorly qualified Mexican candidates in the 3rd District will only worsen this cause. Wait, I have some thoughts on the airport too.

Pootie Tang said...

My friend the Polar Bear, Pootie Tang needs the Toy Train to move his ho's around CK during the upcoming GOP Convention at Sprint Center. Pootie will have girls working in the Northland also at many of the Tattoo Shops on North Oak, at Choteau Feed & Seed, at the Caseys on the corner of North Oak and 74th and at the Escape Bar and Grill if it's open, at Barry Road and North Oak. No, make no bonez about it, Pootie Tang needs the Toy Train to getz his Waldo ho's up to the GOP and on to the Northland as there are many GOPer located there and Pootie knows theyz loves the blue gum ho's that Pootie supplies.

Anonymous said...

Stalder, do the world a favor: burn your brushes and uninstall Illustrator from your Mac. Your cartoons are utter excrement.

Anonymous said...

Complain, complain, complain... Don't these people realize that their entire purpose in life is to pay for these silly career advancement schemes put forth by and on behalf our dear leaders?

Hyperblogal said...

NO new taxes... period.

Anonymous said...

The problem that so many people have with Sly is that he really hasn't accomplished much of anything in almost four years. Lot of announcements and programs and promises. Lots of pie in the sky pronouncements about KCMO becoming the center of the universe.
But the streets and sidewalks are still crappy; the snow removal is marginal at best; there are over 100 nurders year after year; the wwater services department sucks; and the budget is unsustainable.
Sometime these folks are going to have to actually see something through to completion. And to borrow millions to press on with the streetcar project without any demonstration of competence or success is utterly irresponsible.
Of course, it's only someone else's money.

Anonymous said...

KCMO is so fucked up. What terrible damage years upon years of Democrats have done to KC.

Westport Trucky said...

Well when you derail the train make sure that fat fuck is in the lead car that goes in the hole first. Sly is ruining what
little is left in this town. We need a good mayor to come forth. So far not seen that name out there yet. Well maybe Super Dave he has good thoughts but you fucks all ran him off.

Anonymous said...

Good comment, Bryan. Based on the comments the pro-streetcar faction have been making, it seems they want to force the streetcar on people ("for their own good," I suppose) without regard to the consequences. The people who live in the affected areas, mainly Brookside and Waldo, are invited to move to a rural area if they don't like it, and no regard is given to those who will be hit with a special assessment of (I understand) 8.7% because they happen to live within a half mile of the route. I don't think special assessments are tax deductible, so the money involved here would be after-tax dollars.

These folks want to force their vision on people who've lived in these areas for decades. These neighborhoods were built with cars in mind. (You may have noticed some have shared driveways and garages, but almost all have driveways and garages.) Further, Brookside and Waldo are served by several bus routes including the two MAX lines.

The streetcar is the solution to a problem that simply does not exist, and the fact that the pro-folks are so immature and prickly in their posts certainly does not give me any confidence in either the streetcar proposal or those proposing it.

Anonymous said...

A committee of 30!!! You got screwed. Everybody knows that no committee with more than 7 people accomplishes anything meaningful.

That's just flat-out lying to the people, intentionally creating window-dressing that is guaranteed to do nothing.

Anonymous said...

Pootie Tang what kind of whores you going to have up north?

Anonymous said...

If the first downtown TDD and Streetcar vote was a real election instead of a special mail in social media driven election it wouldn't have passed.

Anonymous said...

The great streetcar swindle. The grand fantasy that people will travel or move to a particular location purely for the pleasure of tootling around in a trolley has consistently failed to materialize. Because the urban circulator is not tailored to the needs of modern city dwellers who use mass transit to get around, there is no natural constituency to ride them. The result: Many communities get stuck with an eternal loop of empty, expensive white elephants.

Anonymous said...

We don't need another train in the Northeast. The one being run on Bryan Stalder is enough.

Anonymous said...

Sure some of it is about taxes. Do you know that many downtown streetcar supporters get special property tax breaks? $300 a year on a $150,000 or so roughly on a downtown condo? While a Brookside homeowner with a $148,000.00 house pays about $2,500.00 a year in property taxes.

What is fair about that? And the street car people are complaining we don't want to pay our fair share for the toy train?

Anonymous said...

There's no real plan or vision in KCMO which is why the money gets spent at cross purposes all the time.
Millions on density and rail tansit downtown, yet all the development and redevlopment require parking garages. And just last year $40 million in bonds were issued to exend water and sewer services into plowed ground north of the river, which will accomodate 70,000 residents in new suburban developments.
The elected folks just can't ay "no" to pretty much anybody, which accounts for the endless lines of favor-seekers on the 22nd and 29th floors of city hall.
It's like watching a dandelion puff in a windstorm.
But, hey; it's only someone else's money.

Anonymous said...

Nailed it.

Anonymous said...

8:26- Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Can't afford all the visions of grand large ideas. Show me the money.

If Sly wants a road, I'll go buy him a sign and put one out on my country land for him to have. If he wants a brass engraved permanent memorial sign on a business, I got some buildings (on the trolley line) that can give him that too.

If Sly wants his ego fed, I can help him with that.
Giving him the recognition he wants is cheaper than the taxes.

Heck, I will even take pictures of his pretty smile by all these signs and monuments and pass it around. It would be cheaper for me in the long run to commission Kansas City Art Statuary to build a statue of him, throw it up on one of my properties on the trolly route and put flowers by it till I die than pay taxes on this train.

I can help him feel big, strong and powerful. I just can't afford the large ideas.

Anonymous said...


The entire Kansas City, MO city council voted YES on this extension of the still unfinished streetcar downtown. I want to know when any of the council will say no to the Mayor. Yes, sir. Wouldn't it be wiser to have the downtown street car run for a year or two, and see how that works out. Do we really, 1 1/2 years BEFORE it's completion, vote on extending it? LORD, is anyone listening? The RUSH, the same rush they used in downtown to get a mere 314 write in votes by renters. These are not tax payers. Yet they vote and the
taxpayers pay.

The more I learn about the workings of Kansas City, MO, the more I am shocked that Hall is able to ram these projects down our throats and tell us to enjoy it. Can the council say NO????