TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY ADVOCATES FLUMMOXED AS MAYOR SLY JAMES ANSWERS TAX ABATEMENT CRITICISM ADDRESSED TO GREATER KC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!!!
On this Sunday we want to share a powerful bit of testimony offering DOCUMENTATION of a conflicted economic relationship in Kansas City that continues to siphon local funds from residents.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS NOTE FROM A LOCAL ADVOCATE WHO IS CURIOUS ABOUT WHY MAYOR SLY TAKES UP THE CAUSE OF THE GREATER KANSAS CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND HAS BEEN TASKED WITH ANSWERING THEIR MAIL!?!?!
Here's the word . . .
Mayor Sly's Mail Bag . . .
If you have not seen this yet, you might be interested in what I attached. Representatives of Schools for low income kids, the KC library, mental health services, etc. wrote to the KC Chamber of Commerce asking to express our concerns with the impact of KC's penchant for tax abatement on working families.
Tax abatement in moderation is OK. However, Kansas City 's unbridled TIFs and other tax incentives have build a lot of luxury apartments and reduce public services. We wrote to the Chamber because many Chamber Board members are abatement lawyers and real estate developers who benefit financially from these deals.
So who replied?
Mayor James, who "invited" us to express our issues to the EDC. Looks like Sly took the Chamber's assignment to respond to the unwashed masses. Many people are concerned that abatement lawyers and developers are an unelected shadow government in KC. Look at these letters.
As you might say, TKC: You decide.
And so . . .
Voters want to think of Mayor Sly as a powerful guy, a leader and the champion of Kansas City but exchange makes his work seem like that of a PR rep or, even worse, a public official sent on errands by far more powerful men.
You decide . . .