TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS PREP ARGUMENTS FOR TOY TRAIN COURTROOM SHOWDOWN AND WARN STREETCAR EXTENSION IS TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!
Another Kansas City toy train streetcar showdown is coming soon and this time it's personal . . . Or at least those who oppose the effort are getting their arguments in order without anything close to the help of the army of consultants hired to push the project.
Here's the word from CFRG about their plan to fight this seemingly inevitable project that was already rejected by voters two years ago . . .
IMPORTANT STREETCAR EXTENSION MEETING::: Court hearing on streetcar extension set for Thursday
On Thursday September 15th, in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, 415 E. 12th Street, 6th floor in the courtroom of Judge J. Dale Youngs. Judge Youngs will hear testimony from the public as to whether he should allow another new TDD to be set up to expand the streetcar line. You can sign up to testify starting at 8:30am. The testimony will begin at 9:00am. (See the KCBJ article below)..
The petition KCRTA and associates will present to the judge should never see the light of day. It is Vague and Ambiguous; the Judge should throw it out. It does not contain a true picture of the total costs of this project. In fact there is only $10,000,000 of “utility relocation” costs in the proposal when the water department alone spent between $25,000,000 and $50,000,000 of taxpayer money on the original 4 mile streetcar line. This line is 8 miles. The Gas and Electric utilities will not tell us what they spent so far but we have all seen our utility bills go thru the roof. If this TDD proposal goes through, it will be more of the same. Some at City Hall and 50 or 60 civilians are behind this proposal. If it passes they will obligate the entire city to hundreds of millions of dollars in the future. The judge should stop this now. It is taxation without representation!
Streetcar proponents will tell you only people living in the proposed TDD will pay the increased property tax, the increased sales tax (including prescription drugs and groceries) and the new assessment taxes. Not true! The city owns property in the proposed TDD and thus the city will have to pony up. Where does the city get their money? FROM YOU!!! So all Kansas City Missouri voters will pay thru higher utility bills and money from the general fund. At least if they are going to do this, it should be a City Wide vote, like Clay Chastain’s. That way we all have a say.
If you live between the river and 54th Street within 3 miles either side of Main St., you will feel the increased tax burdens. Go to the courthouse THURSDAY and let the Judge know you do not approve of taxation without representation! He should deny the request for another TDD. Enough is enough!
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