Thursday, March 02, 2017

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! HERE'S WHY KANSAS CITY GO BONDS CONFRONT AN URBAN CORE COALITION AGAINST MORE TAXES!!!



Over the past few weeks leaders in the urban core have become increasingly outspoken in their opposition to $800 MILLION worth of City Hall GO bonds.

A quick summary . . .

- People's Action Committee founder and Council contender Pat Clarke was the first to go on record against the bonds.

- Freedom, Inc. opposing the bonds sent shockwaves through the local political community.

- MO House Rep. Brandon Ellington opposition to the GO Bonds earned widespread support from both sides of the aisle and among the GOP-dominated Missouri House.

- The Urban Summit is also on record in opposition to the GO Bond Plan . . .

- Kansas City's Black & Brown Collation recently voted against supporting KCMO Go Bonds.

While politicos and consultants are making a pitch to the middle-class for this effort here's a glimpse at why that argument isn't playing in the urban core . . .

Higher Property Taxes Hits Kansas City Fixed Income Home Owners Harder


Even debatable promises of a "modest property tax increase" elicit fear from Kansas City urban core homeowners who simply don't have any more to give. Moreover, when we talk about the prospect of this tax increase rising over time . . . Opposition from inner city residents to any additional levy should be expected.

Kansas City Urban Core Already Drowning In Higher Water Bills


While rising water bills are an annoyance for the middle-class and suburbanites, outcry among the urban core regarding these budget busting costs is constant. Water rates have doubled over the past few years with no end in sight . . . These hidden taxes have residents throughout the city opposed to any additional increase in household costs.

City Manager Troy Schulte Confronts Kansas City Urban Core Skepticism


Finally, the topic of presentation is worth noting. City Manager Troy Schulte is a nice guy but he's not a great salesman. Moreover, the campaign team for this effort has YET AGAIN failed to hire many urban core denizens in order to buy support. The poor lack of planning, messaging and public outreach puts the campaign at a disadvantage.

Meanwhile, all of this might not be a big deal if not for the fact that THE NORTHLAND ALSO HATES THE GO BONDS.

And so, amid so much culture war bickering and debate . . . It's nice to see that increasing resistance to MORE TAXES is something that unites an increasing number of Kansas City residents.

Developing . . .

23 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Kansas City is tapped out.

One more property tax is too much.

Jeff s said...

the only thing I disagree with is that it's not just the urban core. There are a lot of people all over KC who don't want more taxes.

Anonymous said...

Nobody believes Sly James.

That's the biggest problem of all.

He's not convincing anyone.

Not even with his bull horn.

Anonymous said...

HIGHER WATER BILLS....you nailed it...this is the reason I am voting no...the water bill is my highest utility bill now...that is just stupid....

Anonymous said...

Things like water, roads, sidewalks are supposed to free, right? Along with healthcare, food, cable TV, cellphones,....

Anonymous said...

Streetcars, failing entertainment districts...

Anonymous said...

Things like water, roads, sidewalks are supposed to free, right? Along with healthcare, food, cable TV, cellphones,....

Yeah if you're black

Anonymous said...

@12:44PM..or Byron.

Anonymous said...

And do you think city hall gives a crap about property owners?

Anonymous said...

@ 11:44 AM

Nope - not free. Supposed to be paid by existing taxes. Instead of applying taxes to normal maintenance (which is what the GO bonds are supposedly for) this James (along with Barnes & Cleaver before him) squandered much of the tax base, giving taxes away for the promise of more taxes some Tuesday down the road.

Tuesday never cam.

Hence, the GO bond cry for help.

Anonymous said...

Its always the black people who will save this city. While your yuppie white people are totally fine spending money on frivolous shit like streetcars, doggy daycares, convention hotels & the such. It has been the city's black population who have constantly forced the city to focus on what they are supposed to be doing. It was black people who finally got TIF reform, black people who shot down the streetcar expansion and it will be black people who blow up this referendum. This city will be better when the white community has a discussion about why they feel like buying worthless shit for this city that no one has asked for.

Anonymous said...

Yep, when it comes to shooting shit down we definitely know who to call.

Anonymous said...

Homeowners should vote NO, in protest all the tax giveaways to commercial real estate developers.

When Cerner doesn't pay for cops and fire protection, all the rest of us end up paying their share!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

12:59, sure, they care about Leawood and Mission Hills, and all the TooT LooT gang's property.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, 1:31, are you lumpin' SLY, the Bowtied,Semper Fi Guy, with a Bullhorn in with the yuppy whiteys, or the black saviours?

Anonymous said...

Yeah if we could get rid of the negroes it'd be a great day for the city/state/nation...world!

Anonymous said...

this is amazing but refreshing.

these folks, even more than other parts of the city, have been used cynically by the politicians.

meantime, the carnage and sense of unease goes on.

hey, here's an idea for a referendum: resolved that the city council of kansas city will take no action on any matter, except those related to the implementation of this resolution, until the murder rate has been cut in half for a continuous two-month period.

the city needs to be given a swat to prioritize the safety of its citizens.

Byron Funkhouser said...

4:22, the problems of the cities have there origin in segregation, & systemic racism.

You are the problem you complain about.

Anonymous said...

I thought that sidewalk maintenance was the responsibility of the fronting homeowner?

Anonymous said...

Vote no. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

We homeowners are supposed to fix up and maintain our property when it needs it. The City of KCMO has deferred basic maintenance year after year so they can chase after developers and dumb-ass projects like the Cleaver Plan, the Glover Plan, the "let's tear down the airport and build a new one Plan. If they had spent OUR money the way they were supposed to, we wouldn't be in such dire straits. Every time a developer gets a wild hair, City Hall coughs up the TIF money and approves anything and everything. Look back in history and you'll see what I'm saying is true. No more taxes to line developers' pockets. No GO bonds.

Crazy Clown said...

City Manager Troy Schulte = just another Degenerate Liberal Dumb Ass Ba' Foon !!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not skeptical I KNOW that those fools are going to ream us again. I AM VOTING NO NO NO NO