TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY 'TOWN HALL' TURNS INTO CHEERING SESSION FOR HIGHER TAXES!!!
Here's the only worthwhile report from last night's meetup that might have been one of the worst public political discussions in Kansas City history . . . Or at least since that embarrassing Hillary Clinton rally where everyone left . . . Here's the word:
Kansas City Insider: Not a "town-hall" but a cheerleading session for higher taxes
I left early the so-called Town Hall meeting for the $800,000,000 GO bond. After be treated to a 15-minute dissertation of the project by Mayor Sly and the need for the project, apart from an angry citizen not waiting in line to fill out a 3x5 response card, this was nothing more than a cheerleading session.
IN other words, they answered only questions they wanted us to hear. They answered some inaccurately, and they ignored some other questions. They took NO questions from the audience EXCEPT from the one angry citizen not willing to stay silent.
The long and short of it, the mayor was the cheerleader and Randy, the finance manager of the city, had to correct and contradict the mayor when he made several gross errors. One example was the question,
"Can the city issue all the bonds at once?"
The mayor said "NO".
This is absolutely not accurate. Randy had to correct the mayor and let everyone know that "Yes" the city, or a new mayor, could issue ALL bonds all at once if a new administration decided they wanted to sell 800-million all at once.
Another number our "angry man" mentioned was the City's printed propaganda. You've mentioned it a number of times. It says the "Average increase" for a $140,000 home and a $15,000 car is $8.00. Mind you, that's not the TAX, that's the annual increase OVER each years tax. They failed to mentioned the tax Tony's KC mentions all the time.
I was interested in the "Angry-Man's" numbers and asked him. The City is, AGAIN, WRONG. The average increase for the next 20 years was, not surprisingly the $8 they are trying to sell us. In actuality, it'll be an increase 20% higher- (not the tax) $9.67 EVERY YEAR.
The medium tax over the first 20 years will be roughly $118. The City never mentioned that number. Go figure.
No real answers were put forth except exactly the propaganda this mayor wanted us to hear.
I won't waste my time with a meeting like this again.
Double News Links:
Fox4: Mayor James holds Town Hall to explain $800 million bond request on April ballot
KCUR: When It Comes To The $800 Million Infrastructure Bond, KCMO Residents Want Transparency
You decide . . .