COMING UP THIS WEEK: KANSAS CITY CITIZENS ASSOCIATION CONSIDERS UPCOMING BALLOT AND LOCAL TAX SPIKE!!!
Check a lot of the deets regarding one of this town's most respected political groups considering the upcoming ballot this week.
To wit . . .
THE CITIZENS ASSOCIATION SEEMS TO FEAR THE KANSAS CITY 12.1% LOCAL SALES TAX RATE THAT KEEPS RISING UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MAYOR SLY JAMES!!!
It'll be a good discussion that's sure to be jam packed with all of the local politicos and consultants pushing the Kansas City cost of living higher with every election.
INVITATION FROM THE CITIZENS ASSOCIATION BOARD.. Please email Dan Cofran if you plan to attend..
MEETING REMINDER - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - NEXT TUESDAY
Tuesday, July 8, 5:00 p.m. @ the H & R Block Building, 13th and Main, Downtown Kansas City - The Citizens Association Board of Directors will screen the following ballot proposals that will be on the August 5, 2014 ballot:
- Streetcar District, including Sales Tax and Special Assessment
- State Transportation Sales Tax
- Fire Sales Tax.
The Proposals: The three proposals are as follows:
* 1/4 cent for Fire. This is a renewal of an existing tax for 20 years.
* 3/4 cent for Transportation. This is for a Missouri statewide tax for highway, road, bridge, public transit, multi-modal, rail, water port, aviation, bicycle & pedestrian improvements. This would be a new tax for 10 years.
* 1 cent for a Streetcar District. This involves both August and November elections held south of the river within the boundaries of a proposed streetcar district. The Northland, Brookside and South Kansas City will not vote on this. This would be a new 30 year sales tax. The August election is to decide whether to form a transportation development district for streetcars. If passed at the August election, the November election will be on whether to fund the district with a one cent sales tax districtwide and a special assessment on properties within 1/3 mile of the streetcar lines. The proposed district boundaries: Generally, Missouri River on the north, Gregory Blvd. on the south (but not including the Brookside area), I-435 and the sports complex on the east and State Line Rd. on the west.
New Wrinkle: The city has floated a proposal if the state's 3/4 cent transportation sales tax passes and the state gives Kansas City $18.0 million a year ($180,000,000) from the state's ten-year sales tax for the streetcar, the city would only collect 1/4 cent of streetcar sales tax for the ten years the state 3/4 cent sales tax is in effect. Thereafter, the full one cent streetcar tax would be collected for the last 20 years of its 30-year duration.
Sales Tax Background Information Combined sales taxes in Kansas City MO now are 8.35% (City - 2.875%, County [Jackson*] - 1.125% and State - 4.225%). These three taxes together if all passed would put Kansas City MO at 9.35% south of the river if the state gives Kansas City $18.0 million a year for the ten years of the state's 3/4 cent transportation sales tax. After that, combined sales taxes would go to 10.1% south of the river for the next 20 years. If the state's 3/4 cent transportation sales tax fails, the full one cent streetcar sales tax would be collected all 30 years for a total sales taxes south of the river of 9.35%.*FYI - Platte County sales taxes total 1.375%. Clay County sales taxes total 1.0%. Cass County sales taxes total 1.75%. For restaurant purchases, there is another 2%, for a current total of 10.35%. Sales tax south of the river will be 12.1% if all the taxes passed.
For purchases in one of the city's 12 transportation development districts or 27 community improvement districts north or south of the river, for for example, the Plaza, Downtown Streetcar, Zona Rosa, Shoal Creek, Tremont Square, Briarcliff or M150 & 135th St., there can be another 1/2 cent or so, depending on the district. Not all CID's have sales taxes . . .
We hope you will attend. Unless you have already done so, please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. We are meeting at the H & R Block Building, 13th and Main, Downtown Kansas City, in one of the second floor training rooms. You can park in the garage beneath the building. Tell the security guard you are there for a Citizens Association Board meeting. The campaign committees will have 15 minutes for each presentation, followed by 10 minutes for Board questions and their crisp, to-the-point answers. If we are lucky enough to get ahead of schedule, we will proceed accordingly. The format: 5:00 - 5:10 Welcome and establish board quorum 5:10 - 5:25 Streetcar District and Tax proponents presentation 5:25 - 5:35 Board questions and answers 5:35 - 5:50 Streetcar District opponents 5:50 - 6:00 Board questions and answers 6:00 - 6:15 State Transportation Sales Tax proponents* 6:15 - 6:25 Board questions and answers 6:25 - 6:40 Fire Sales Tax proponents* 6:40 - 6:50 Board questions and answers 6:50 Board deliberations on the three proposals. This will be a closed session. *We have been unable to identify and have not heard from any opponents to the State Transportation Sales Tax or the Fire Sales Tax. We have not slotted any time for them but have researched the issues and will cover them in the Q & A.