Monday, April 17, 2017

Kansas City Still Needs More Infrastructure Cash Beyond $800 MILLION GO BONDS

Our blog community knows that even more capital improvement cash asking awaits compliant voters who keep believing empty promises. Take a peek:

Guest commentary: $800 million bond package is no magic bullet for KC's infrastructure needs

We're not likely to ever increase our taxes to the amount necessary to maintain the infrastructure we've built. The cost is unreasonable. Perhaps had we known 70 years ago the implications of maintaining the expansive development we have since built, we would have reconsidered.

5 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Thoughtful article, but with a couple major omissions:
When a city annexes property and encourages low-density residential development by providing utilities and streets, it's taking on the obvious responsibility of providing additional services like police/fire and others as residents begin to arrive. Lack of planning is no surprise, as the politicos love ribbon-cutting, but not the boring job of actually governing, but in any case, those cost going forward are no surprise.
Much of the KCMO tax base in the more densely populated areas like downtown has been given away in multi-decade abatements and other mechanisms robbing the city of the necessary revenues to provide the basic services required by the additional people and vehicular traffic generated by added commercial and multi-family development.
There's been very little serious planning in KCMO for decades and the condition of infrastructure, city-pwned buildings, parks, fountains, and other public facilities sadly reflects that deficiency.
And the author is correct that the seemingly-large $800 million will end up being little more than a drop in the bucket after all these decades of neglect.

Anonymous said...

Given the broken down sewers, cost of water, the city taxing folks outside the city limits, begging for the county to pitch ion on more silly ass pet projects, the city's uncanny ability to waste money on damn near everything, it is clear infrastructure is no big deal to the folks in KC. If it were these shill ass holes downtown would be unemployed. Fuck annexing. KC can't get the shitters unstopped or deliver adequate services in core KC. Nevertheless, we still lend an ear when they whine for a new airport, more pet projects, a big hotel and convention facilities that will never make a plug nickel in reality.

Anonymous said...

^^^Says you and you don't count. if you don't like the services, move. If you don't live here then who gives a fuck what you think. Simple enough.

Anonymous said...

I see the city's pet, aka the KC Star, is already laying the ground work for the next tax hike for "infrastructure".

Anonymous said...

I see the the little bitches who complain about everything, but make no meaningful contributions to society are up and at em' this morning.