TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! UPCOMING KANSAS CITY 18TH AND VINE $27 MILLION DOUBLE DOWN VOTE REVEALS DIVISIONS BETWIXT MAYOR AND COUNCIL!!!
The politics of this week starts with an EPIC decision that has caused a great deal animosity and hateration behind the scenes among the City Council and Mayor Sly.
To wit . . .
AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER DEBATE, THE 18TH & VINE SUBSIDY IS RIPPING APART ALLIANCES ON THE CITY COUNCIL AND THREATENS TO DEVOLVE INTO YET ANOTHER SIGN OF RACIALLY DIVISIVE POLITICS OVER THE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF TAXPAYER CASH!!!
The talking points from the 3rd District mention Downtown subsidy along with so many other entertainment districts that also lose money for City Hall.
Meanwhile, after $100 million worth of taxpayer cash over a generation . . . It's unlikely that any amount of money will make this district sustainable.
Sadly, Council Dude Jermaine Reed is turning this into a showdown with a call for a vote this week . . .
A policy reminder . . .
Councilman Reed has chosen to call this ordinance out of committee to keep the plan moving forward after months of city staff work and public discussion.
The City Charter instructs that Items called out of committee shall be docketed under the “Second Readings” agenda item on the agenda of the next regular Council legislative session. At the time such items are scheduled for a final reading, they shall be docketed under the “Final Readings – Debate” agenda item.
Accordingly . . .
FAIR OR NOT THERE'S A BEHIND THE SCENE BLOCK OF VOTES THAT COULD BRING THIS EFFORT TO A HALT BECAUSE WRITING A BLANK CHECK TO THE 18TH AND VINE DISTRICT WOULD BE A HORRIBLE IDEA!!!
Moreover, the power play puts Council Dude Jermaine Reed out on a limb and it seems as if he hasn't learned much over the years given that Congress dude Cleaver and even Mayor Sly have quietly stepped back from their initial public support.
Additionally, Council dude Lucas is attempting to offset this big ask with tough tax talk about TIF that's mostly theoretical.
Funny side note . . . The City Clerk's website was down over the weekend in the lead up to this Summer debate because there are even more questionable items on the docket . . . But we'll call it maintenance.
And so, while this would be an EPIC win for Council Dude Reed . . . If pushed back to the planning stages, it could leave the Council Dude as nothing more than a lame duck. Council Dude Reed has 72 hours to trade favors and find a way to make this work on the make or break issue of his career.
Meanwhile . . . In the midst of a national election season and as KC Insiders are already deciding who is going to be Mayor . . . Look for the council to be just a bit more skeptical of this project that has not even garnered support among neighbors.
Developing . . .