Sunday, July 06, 2014

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.

Check it:

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 dcofran@swbell.net. 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.
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22 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Taxs-A-City

Anonymous said...

There are over 700 Tax Abated projects/parcels and 50 Tax Increment Financing plans according to the kcmo.gov/finance/economic-development page back in March 2014. This does NOT include recently added Tax Abated properties along the Downtown Streetcar line. Anyone want to estimate the value of lost tax revenue?

Anonymous said...

This up and coming TDD isn't about ridership it's about reaming taxpayers to pay for the above @5:43

Anonymous said...

Tax Abatements (Corporate Welfare) Killing Cities. Property tax abatements for corporations must be made up in property-tax increases for local homeowners. School budgets also take a major hit, as do infrastructure budgets for water, sewage, parks, public transportation and roadways, all those variables that directly affect quality-of-life measurements.

Anonymous said...

It would seem that with the corruption and malfeasance of the city council and Mayor, the lack of infrastructure maintenance and the continued upward trend on rising taxes, that now it a great time to discuss whether moving to a burb that does everything K.C. doesn't do, like provide basic city services at a reasonable cost, is a real option that we all should look at.

I would also like to put in a plug for secession of every inch of land in K.C. north of the river. Kansas City only needs the Northland for it's taxes and does a horrible job of providing any services. The only good thing about living north of the river in K.C. is that you don't have to send your kids to the KCMOSD.

Don't annex it to Gladstone or whatever, make it a completely new city that doesn't have to deal with idiots like Sly and welfare queens like B&M.

Anonymous said...

6:39 Great idea, don't forget who owns all the cop cars, fire stations and public works equipment. I'd love the see the northern great white wasteland form their own city. You think taxes are high now, just wait.

Anonymous said...

WELCOME TO DETROIT

Anonymous said...

I know that's been the punchline for years, but one could actually make the case that Detroit is beating KC in terms of future livability/sustainability. Maybe something to do with falling so far and hard that there was no choice but to go down a different path.


Anonymous said...

lol @ truth.

The northland is too big geographically and too small population wise to support itself.

You goofballs are too busy with your persecution complexes and entitlement culture/ victim mythology too face the fact that Johnson county has HIGHER TAXES than KC. And it doles out more per job in corporate welfare, too, yet still has fewer jobs. In fact, 50% of metro jobs are in the urban core, which is a minuscule area of the metros landmass.

But facts have no place at Tonys Johnson County. Just suburban propaganda, anti city lies and fear FEAR FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

One could make the case if one wasn't concerned with being correct.

You poor rubes should get out more. I can tell not a one if you has been to Detroit (or just about anywhere else besides Branson).

Anonymous said...

Yes on maintaining fire, no on streetcar and transportation

Anonymous said...

As long as they keep giving rich people a pass on taxes The People should vote Hell NO on any new or extension of taxes until it stops. Maybe then -yeah right - those who can afford it will pay for these pet projects and they'll have to use the taxes for basic services and infrastructure.

8:16 another black apologist, aka a BLOC charter member said...

8:16 how would you know ANYTHING ? Take the black cock out of your mouth, slide your Doc's on, climb on your skateboard with your mom's credit card in your hip pocket, and head over to Jerome's. He said he needed his cock sucked.

Anonymous said...

8:16 - Motherfucker, I'm FROM Detroit. Born and raised there.
KC is just like Detroit was in the 80's/90's and is on a very similar slide down the shithole.

Anonymous said...

8:13 does not have a clue. Property taxes are actually lower in Johnson County and you have schools that are some of the best in the country. Do not forget to add in the Income tax 1% and higher sales tax in kcmo, 2%. The only thing cheaper in kcmo is the gas tax. For example why Missouri has crappy roads. And now the State and the City want to stick it to their poor to fund a lame streetcar. LOL while you all sink.

CocoGaugin said...

I shall be there.

Anonymous said...

Sly sold us out!

Anonymous said...

False.

Even with the etax, total tax rates are lower in KCMO.

Anonymous said...

Your not from Detroit. Your from the suburbs. And you don't know shit about Detroit or kc if you think kc now is like Detroit in the 90s.

You have never set foot in one or the other or both, you Lenexa loser.
What a fucking sorry asses Poser.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about what we do in the city, northland fireman.

If you want to get a say in midtown issues, move to midtown. Otherwise worry about the shoal creek TDD where you live.

Anonymous said...

Some bad ass keyboard warriors around TKC. Some of you d-bags that claim to know where everyone lives need Polar Bear to run his size 16 paw up your dumb asses. But then you would probably get a stiffy if that were to happen.

Anonymous said...

Kansas, which has been investing heavily in basic infrastructure for the last 25 years loves dumb asses like 9:19 PM who say no to basic infrastructure like roads and bridges. They're more than happy to see Missouri let their roads stay fucked up, so the jobs and people can go across the stateline. What a maroon!