TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR EXTENSION CAMPAIGN DELAY AMID FACT CHECK FROM TAX FIGHTERS!!!
After courtroom testimony confrontation . . . Kansas City still waits for a decision from a judge but advocates against higher local taxes are noticing very little voter based support for the new streetcar extension plan.
The unspoken reality in Kansas City is that nearly all of the streetcar cheerleaders are on the payroll of the operation in one way or another.
Here's some highlights from a recent statement . . .
LOOKING FORWARD . . .
"Thanks to those of you who took the time to show up in court on Thursday to help explain why we think this proposed TDD to extend the streetcar is not worthy of consideration. While we were outnumbered, your testimonies were based in fact and well presented. Those trying to sell the streetcar spewed the same rhetoric we’ve been hearing for months now about a million riders, a trillion dollars worth of development and millions of tourists flocking to KC to ride the streetcar.
"We testified we believe the the petition is vague and ambiguous and there are many examples in the petition.… All you have to do is read it. It also contains a lot of mis-information and a dishonest estimate of the total costs.
"The pro streetcar people will tell you these water and sewer line repairs would have to be made with or without the streetcar being built.
The problem is, the streetcar and the city have hidden these costs from the taxpayers. The costs are in your monthly utility bills but you will not see them in any prospectus for the original streetcar nor the expansion. These utility costs amount to hundreds of millions of dollars and since they will be paid by all KCMO taxpayers (voters), shouldn’t all taxpayers and voters be able to vote on this expansion project?
The fact proponents state “these water / sewer line repairs and relocations would have to be done anyway”.. proves our point. We are all paying for the streetcar whether you live in the TDD or not. The fact that the water department spent an estimated $18,500,000 (average of the information we have) per mile tells us that either: 1.) they did way more work on these lines than they will do on the lines in the rest of the city; or 2.) some of the money spent went for something else??
"If we spend at this rate ($18,500,000 per mile) on the 2800 miles of water and sewer lines to be repaired in the city, we will spend $51,800,000,000 .. yes, that’s billion to fix the sewers and water lines in the city?
"All along the proponents have stated that only those in the TDD will pay the costs but now they admit we are all paying through higher utility costs. In addition, testimony was presented the City owns 40 plus properties in the original TDD. It has not been mentioned how many properties the City owns in the new TDD. Interesting to note, these properties are not exempt from assessments or increased property taxes. The City gets their money from tax collections (voters), therefore the voters are all paying these assessments and higher property taxes for the streetcar, not just those living in the TDD or the proposed TDD."
Moreover . . .
THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR EXTENSION LOOKS TO PUSH BACK THEIR TIMELINE ACCORDING TO INSIDERS IN A TACIT ADMISSION THAT SUPPORT FROM THE COUNCIL OR VOTERS ISN'T APPARENT!!!
Let's not forget that a similar tax scheme supporting the Streetcar starter line was called "one of the most corrupt in Kansas City since the Pendergast era" and voters DECISIVELY rejected an extension two years ago.
Developing . . .