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Clay Chastain emergency draft to resolve Light Rail Initiative election crisis.
Emergency draft (Tuesday is deadline to certify ballot issues to the Kansas City Election Board for the November 4, 2014 Kansas City Election Ballot) from Kansas City Activist Clay Chastain (spokesperson for the Committee of Petitioners (COP) for the Light Rail Initiative Petition) and the COP.
*** ( Draft - for immediate public and City Council debate ) ***
Pronouncing the City in democratic and transit crisis because the City Council intends to place before the voters two tax initiative ballot questions that do not tell the voters what the taxes are intended for, and because there is presently no resolution from the City Council that would tell the voters what the City would use the taxes for, if approved by voters; and
WHEREAS, there is a need for cooperation between the City and Clay Chastain, unity in the community, and a "Transit Plan B" that is reasonable, feasible and could move Kansas City forward around a new citywide multimodal rail-based transit system and secure currently available federal matching rail funds; and
WHEREAS, the City's current initiative ballot language may implicate, and thus violate, the John Hancock Amendment of the Missouri State Constitution because the ballot questions propose two taxes without specifying a project for those taxes; and
WHEREAS, Clay Chastain and the COP are dissatisfied with the City's current ballot language because it does not even mention that the questions are from an initiative petition for light rail, and thus Clay Chastain and the COP are not sure what to campaign for: and
WHEREAS, the City is in the untenable position of not telling the voters what the City would do with the taxes if approved by voters; and
WHEREAS, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Sandra Midkiff suggested to both sides (at the time of her ruling) she would amend her ruling if both sides could agree on a compromise ballot language, and no such compromise has been reached; NOW THEREFORE;
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY AND CLAY CHASTAIN:
Section 1. That in exchange for Clay Chastain and the COP withdrawing its legal action against the City (and thus taking Judge Sandra Midkiff's order out of play), the Council agrees to pass its own new ordinance adopting the light rail -based transit plan (as outlined in the light rail initiative) as their own. Chastain agrees that the City would have complete control and authority over the plan, if approved by voters, including making any changes to the plan, scaling back of the plan, or even repealing the plan, if necessary, And, Chastain further agrees to promise not to interfere now, or in the future, with the City's implementation of the plan.
Section 2. In the alternative: If the Council rejects the offer from Clay Chastain and the COP (as outlined in Section 1), then the City would agree to pass a separate resolution stating that if the voters approve the two tax initiative questions, that the City will use the funds to build (as much as is possible) the light rail-based transit system outlined in the light rail initiative signed in support of by 4,000 voters of Kansas City.