TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS CHARGE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR EXTENSION CONSPIRACY AND DEMAND CITYWIDE VOTE!!!
The Kansas City toy train streetcar extension battle is just beginning and recent legal moves amid the ongoing debate among the council dominate the talk at City Hall this week.
More importantly . . .
THANKS TO KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS SHARE THIS EPIC LETTER TO COUNCIL WHICH SHEDS LIGHT ON THE ALPHABET SOUP ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO CONTINUE THE STREETCAR WITH MINIMAL VOTER CONSENT!!!
Let's not forget that a mere 2-years ago Kansas City voters rejected streetcar extension and the only thing that's significantly changed is the new tiny TDD proposed in order to gerrymander a voting district.
Thanks to our blog community . . . This important message worked itself our way so that the public can take a look at an ongoing debate over City Hall funding a controversial scheme that would deny most voters a voice in the future of local transit. The highlights are mine in order to identify the most important passages in this note. Take a look:
KCRTA payments from City Hall
Dear Selected Councilpersons: As I was watching the August 11th legislative session of the city council and marveled how our mayor distanced himself and the city from the KCRTA. I understand some of you being confused but this is how they do it. Keep the voting public so confused pretty soon they just say OK and go along with everything. We have the ATA, MARC, KCRTA working together and the Streetcar Board he wants to appoint Jan Marcason and Ed Ford to. No wonder there is confusion.
The mayor insisted he nor the city is associated with the new streetcar expansion KCRTA group. We take exception to his statements. As you may or may not know CFRG has sued KCRTA in an attempt to get them to open up their activities to the public. I have to tell you there is strong resistance.
The City has sent tax payer money, at least $25,000 labeled as “ Dues” to KCRTA along with some smaller payments. If you check their web site you will see the maximum dues category is $10,000. Why did the city send $25,000 and who knows how much more since the last time we checked . . .
Our investigative people also uncovered the fact the phone line for the KCRTA rang in the P,Z and EDC department at City Hall. Not connected ??? Once they realized we had discovered this, the answering of this line was transferred to a trailer across from a school in Missouri City, MO.. Why???
Some of our local media have labeled this new streetcar group headed by KCRTA as "grass roots". All you have to do is look at the board of directors at KCRTA and the list of 50 plus petitioners for the streetcar extension and you will see a lot of the usual suspects, many with special interests. The lawyers are there also..
We encourage you to look at the proposed TDD map being floated. Why are there certain locations cut out of the “special assessment" area? Why are certain locations carved out while Redemptorist Church and adjoining properties will pay $100,000??
This is another attempt hide the truth from the voters. We are all aware that the streetcar costs effect every taxpayer in the city through higher utility rates and now we are seeing rents skyrocketing. Landlords must hedge their bets to cover their added costs. If this comes to a vote, it should be a city wide vote and not a TDD vote. Every taxpayer should have the opportunity to say whether they want to spend their money on a streetcar or basic services. A TDD vote would be a sham and an embarrassment for our city after what happened the first time.
We encourage you to attend the September 15th hearing at the Circuit Court and tell the judge how this TDD proposal is unfair, unjust and will put pressure on low income voters living in the TDD area. If were going to do it, let’s spread out the costs city wide!
Citizens for Responsible Government
You decide . . .