Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Kansas City Tax Fighters Start Campaign Against Corrupt Single-Terminal Airport!!!
Mayor and Council are in the midst of the confused and sketchy airport bid selection process and this reminds us that campaign season for this complicated and mostly corrupt process is right around the corner.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS ARE DESPERATELY SEEKING CASH TO RUN AN OPPOSITION CAMPAIGN!!!
Check the latest statement from Kansas City Citizens For Responsible Government:
Airport-- Don't drink the cool aide! Help us raise funds!
By now we’ve all heard the hype about the “SINGLE TERMINAL” airport bids. We have the ex ballplayer out there spouting verbiage which doesn’t make sense as he pushes a “private financing” plan which will probably use bonds sold to the public. Any bond sale is a liability and a liability is a debt; the debt will be on the books of the aviation department. The aviation department is part of the city so the debt ultimately belongs to the taxpayers of KCMO; if they decide on main stream revenue bonds (which Burns & McDonnell is trying to sell as private financing)., the debt will be owed by the taxpayers. The baseball player’s commercials are false and misleading to the public). Perhaps it proves a level of incompetence? Why even talk about financing until we have a firm plan?
The good news as was pointed out in the morning paper, Burns & McDonnell original $1 - 2Billion dollar overcharge to the City of Kansas City taxpayers is now only said to be $500,000,000. That’s good and thanks to AECOM for exposing the truth. Some on the City Council had softly exposed the overage several weeks ago but nobody in the regular media picked it up.
WE NEED A FUND RAISER:
CFRG wold like to raise $150,000 to fund a media campaign to run in October and expose the real truth about the airport bids and subsequent financing. This will take some hefty donations but we would like to use radio, TV and print media to get the message out. We know the “SINGLE TERMINAL” pushers will be spend way more than we can to get you to forget about any possibility or remodeling the existing terminals.
The only plans being considered are for a "SINGLE TERMINAL”. Jolie Justus and her airport committee do not want you to realize what they are doing. They have lulled everybody to sleep with this bid talk and now will be going for the kill shot: getting the voters to give them the blank check.
We will see the ballot language later this week but most likely it will say the same thing her ordinance says: “Give us permission to DEMOLISH ANY AND EVERY EXISTING AIRPORT TERMINAL OWNED BY KCMO TAXPAYERS”. This will include the downtown airport. Then "GIVE US PERMISSION TO BUILD A NEW SINGLE TERMINAL AIRPORT”! There will be no plan and maybe a guesstimate at the cost. The main thing they want is “YOUR PERMISSION TO DESTROY OUR EXISTING AIRPORTS AND BUILD A NEW SINGLE TERMINAL AIRPORT.” If this isn’t what you want, then a NO VOTE is the only option! There will be no firm plan presented just their attempt to get you to issue the check. NO PLAN NO VOTE!! NO-vember!!
You decide . . .