Tuesday, July 11, 2017
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY EDUCATION ADVOCATES FEAR CITY MANGER 'UNIVERSAL TIF' COMEBACK!!!
Thanks to the BEST AND BRIGHTEST among our blog community we've got an EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of another City Hall money grab in progress.
Here's the word . . .
"TKC, the Universal TIF is back! It’s the ‘big reveal” tomorrow as city manager Troy Shulte unveils his plans. Advocates hold their breath as they learn whether schoolkids and the disabled will be forced to pay for sidewalks in an industrial area."
And so . . .
DESPITE EPIC GO BOND CASH . . . CITY HALL IS STILL THREATENS TO TAKE MONEY MONEY FROM STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES IN ORDER TO FINANCE AND SUBSIDIZE BIG BIZ!!!
Here's the word . . .
On April 4, voters authorized the city to borrow and spend up to $800 million for public works projects over the next 20 years. This includes $600 million for streets, bridges and sidewalks. Then in April city manager Troy Shulte announced he would take another $4.8 million of funds not needed by the now-completed Universal TIF that would otherwise go for schools, libraries, community college, and the disabled.
The city manager’s plan was to divert those dollars and add them to the already staggering amount slated for streets and sidewalks. Education advocates were understandably alarmed, and were able to delay the action in hopes City Hall might make kids a priority.
Now the issue is back before the TIF Commission Wednesday, July 12. The city's intentions are still unclear. Advocates for schoolchildren and the disabled wait anxiously as the city manager reveals his next move: Will he promptly return all funds due the schools, try to wear down the opposition with subterfuge and more delays, or attempt to take just part of the money? TIF commission chair and ex councilwoman Cindy Circo expresses frustration with the city manager's tactics and secrecy, but insiders remind TIF watchers that her job as TIF chair is to give City Hall power brokers just what they want.
Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s reveal, the bigger questions won’t be aired: Why is $600 million not enough for City Hall? Is the education of our city’s children a bigger priority than sidewalks in an industrial area? And if City Hall is not acting in the interest of our school kids and families, whose interests are they serving? Is it good for kids? You decide.
Developing . . .