Tonight we give the last word to our tax fighter friends as they share good information and insight into the upcoming April 4th election decision over a proposed $800-MILLION worth of increased taxes over the next 40 years.

Take a look:

Who's Paying for all those fancy flyers??

At a presentation this week it was mentioned by some in attendance, the abundance of expensive flyers pushing the $800,000,000 123 Go Bond issue is overwhelming. They are clogging mail boxes and waste baskets. It was also suggested; “if it takes this much money and effort to convince the taxpayers to vote for something, maybe there is something in the proposal that isn’t in the taxpayers best interest?” Good Point..

We always find it interesting a large number of those suggesting how to run Kansas City, MO live in Kansas. They seem to like to raise our taxes. It is also interesting a lot of the corporations pushing this bond issue have property tax exemptions so they will not be paying the tax increase.

The attached file is a partial listing of contributors to the Mayor’s Bond Fund expensive advertising blitz. According to the print out they have raised at least $749,500.

There are some interesting names on the list like: Kansas City Live LLC from Baltimore, MD. This is the Cordish Co. who costs the KCMO taxpayers $10,000,000 - $15,000,000 each year because they cannot meet their obligation on the bonds for the Power and Light District, which were guaranteed by the City. Taxpayers have to come up with this money yet they give the Mayor $20,000 for this advertising campaign.

Donations to date:
Mayor’s Fund: $749,500.00
CFRG’s Fund: $550.00


This not-so-fun fact and the sordid topic of coin in local politics inspires tonight's playlist . . .

Sadly, when it comes to corporate welfare pushed forward year after year and one election after the next it's often the denizens of the Johnson County Golden Ghetto who pay to play in Kansas City democracy . . .

Sure, some of the posh JoCo suburbs might be "fields of gold" when it comes to campaign contributions but that financial support rarely translates into political capital or neighborhood endorsement.

The super-villan goldfinger suits of Johnson County are powered by a lot of cash but what we're seeing in this election is a groundswell of local opposition that doesn't want to pay for empty promises or a blank check.

Again, the vote is April 4th and ultimately the final decision is with voters.

As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night. 


  1. I don't know how much I can blame JoCo. After all, it was KC elected politicians who fell for this con. The other way around, it definitely wouldn't work.

  2. In the end, KC taxpayers end up paying for the whole thing.

  3. I'm VOTING NO! I have been talking to neighbors in a three block area and they have the same question raised in this blog entry. If it is such a good thing why does the Mayor have to try to convince the voters with five or six pieces of mail.

  4. Until you can show me that you can be responsible with the tax money you already have and not divert it to streetcars and TIF support and hotels and junkets, you don't get any more.

  5. My name is chuck and I am an old frightened man. I hate what I fear. Someone help me!

  6. ^^^^^. Suck, the real Nazi, out spreading b.s.

  7. I actually talked with Chris Hernandez via phone about the upcoming bond issue...I wanted answers to 2 questions...#1 was "can the money go towards the street car or new airport by only council approval..or must it still go to a public vote"...he answered it can not be used for either projects. #2 question was " isn't the 20 year bond actually a 40 year bond proposal because the last year is not paid off for 20 years later"... his reply was that the city would most likely ask for $40,000,000 for each of the 20 years..$800,000,000. Each year your personal property tax will increase...Example...year 5 the city ask for $40,000, taxes will go up to pay for that amount (over the next 20 years...and it will be added onto the rate increases for the first 4 years that they started getting the bond money"... so yes,...just think how much personal property taxes are at year 20... then knowing you still have 20 more years to pay the personal property's will affect renters too because landlords will pay on the increase thru rent cost...


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