Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Quick recap of local reaction to an incredible ask from this local luxury accommodation . . .

Northeast News Op/Ed: Blight defined.

El Bryan Stalder Offers His MUST SEE Comic On The Topic

From One Of The Smarter Denizens Of Our Blog Community: "The Intercontinental secured funds for their renovation back in JANUARY 2016!!! The blight designation to use CID taxing was an afterthought, following consultation with real estate/tax attorneys, and considering KCMO's reputation as a tax giveaway haven."

Developing . . .


Anonymous said...

Didn't see Dan Coffey or CFRG. Just their e-mail.

Phil Cardarella said...

Why should we care? Seriously, none of this is public money for any taxing jurisdiction. The hotel is just asking to form a CID that consists entirely of hotel property. It is a way to raise money for the rehab without raising the base price of rooms or menu items. It is solely paid for by hotel users.

And, "blight" for a CID does not require that the building be falling down.

Anonymous said...

Phil, if none of the money talked about belongs to any taxing jurisdiction, why is it taxed at all? Of course any tax money belongs to at least one taxing jurisdiction, even if only the city. So in reality it is public money being talked about and you Phil are one bad attorney for not recognizing it.

Anonymous said...

wouldn't it be fraudulent to have customers pay a purported sales tax that goes back to the hotel?

Anonymous said...

The true blight is the shit hole Diebels on the Plaza across the street from the blighted hotel !!!!¡)¡!

Anonymous said...

Gee, Phil, if the CID is only for the hotel, wouldn't it be just as effective for the hotel to raise its rates? That way they wouldn't need to involve the council or get the bad publicity asking the city for a CID.

Anonymous said...

Just like his murdering, racketeering, criminal father, Cardarella repeatedly demonstrates his lack of intelligence in this space.

His attitude is, so the city grants their taxing authority to a private entity for the abuse of others, big deal!
The city gives one business an unfair advantage, while denying others the same privilege, big deal!
A wealthy corporation is allowed to impose a phony tax of 1 percent for 20 to 40 years, in order to recoup some of their normal operating expenses, big deal!
One of KCMO's top luxury hotels is allowed to abuse the definition of CID and blight designation, big deal!

Why is the city, including Councilwoman Shields, so eager to extend this favor, worth millions of dollars, to the Intercontinental Hotel ownership group?

Are Shields and Cardarella inline to receive some form of remuneration from this deal?

If this proposal gets approved, I hope the city faces a class-action lawsuit as a result. See "arbitrary and capricious":

There should be a clear error of judgment; an action not based upon consideration of relevant factors and so is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law or if it was taken without observance of procedure required by law.