Wednesday, November 15, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! SOPHISTICATE TRACY THOMAS STANDS UP AGAINST JOHNSON COUNTY CORPORATE CORRUPTION!!!
Must read comment from our pal Tracy recently sent our way . . . We've highlighted some of the most feisty passages which REPORT JOCO FOLLOWING KCMO DOWN THE CORPORATE WELFARE ROAD TO HELL at this otherwise quaint suburban development. Checkit:
Tracy Thomas: Westbrooke Green and Corporate Welfare
The silent majority is actually the development attorneys who work over the city council. To get them to divert money that should support our schools and streets--in order to rescue the obsolete industry of RETAIL. In return, developers and their attorneys are the major source of campaign funds--to elect city councils. And they also allow the giant 8 foot x 4 foot freen sign locations on ALL of the major intersection corners during elections.
I served five years on the Shawnee City Council. We have fallen for the TIF fear, that "if we don't cave in, some other city will give away the farm" and we won't get the development.
But now city councils across Johnson County have added new sugar: CID's, which I oppose. This is where it's not just a rebate of incremental (new) property taxes, they are now additionally rebating future SALES TAX! An attorney for Westbrooke Green has set a new record for greed. (THE LAWYER IN QUESTION) who once got his Land Of Oz project to stop payment on its $400,000 earnest money to Johnson County, when he decamped to Wyandotte County.)
With CID, in addition to seizing for his clients the 1% sales tax we pay anywhere in Shawnee, he is adding another record-setting 1.5% sales tax on top of that, to go into the pockets of his clients. A total of 2.5% sales tax.
Personally, I agree with State Senator Mary Pilcher Cook, that the receipt on any diverted SALES TAX to the developer/landlord SHOULD BE NOTED ON EACH RECEIPT. Just like it is when you shop at Costco in Missouri. eg where you note you are paying LESS tax on food than on computers or toilet paper, etc. The computer breaks it all out.
For the next 22 years, when you buy a cup of Starbucks coffee, or groceries or books or whatever at Westbrooke Green, you are gonna pay 2 1/2% sales tax straight into the pockets of the landlord, and NOT to Shawnee Mission School District or Shawnee Parks or Shawnee Police or Shawnee Fire. The public needs to know this. Because Mom and Pop stores are fighting for their lives without this corporate welfare.
You decide . . .