Saturday, December 30, 2017
KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS: WHO REPS VOTERS AMID NEW AIRPORT TALKS???
An important fact check on the negotiations process and behind the scenes discussion.
Also, another reminder . . .
KANSAS CITY TAXPAYERS ARE ALREADY PAYING BIG BUCKS FOR THE NEW AIRPORT AND SO ELECTION PROMISES HAVE BEEN BETRAYED FROM THE START!!!
Here's the word that includes essential financial data that other news outlets have failed to report . . .
Does KCMO need a new legal team on the airport ? ??
KCMO hired the Husch-Blackwell (HB) and another law firm to negotiate with the Edgemoor, the winners on the airport proposal, on behalf of the voters in KCMO. HB failed to disclose they worked for Edgemoor in the recent pass and I believe an ex HB employee might be the CFO at Burns & McDonnell (B-M); which might not be relevant now but was when B-M was in the game. These both could be conflicts of interest and should have been disclosed.
Last week our City Council passed another resolution or ordinance to pay $481,130 (171011) to HB and the other firm. The council also authorized $475,000 early on and if our memory serves us right, there was at least a third allocation of funds in between. That’s getting pretty close to $1,500,000 in fees for these firms and we have basically nothing to show for it! Both firms, we believe, have touted their experience with building the Denver airport (which is considered the biggest airport debacle of all time, see below). Denver was three years late and three plus billion dollars over budget.
It appears to us, these law firms have been working more for Edgemoor than the voters of KCMO.
We’re wondering if it isn’t time to switch law firms? All we have for $1.5MM is a boiler plate MOU that strongly favors the developer. It’s like something they copied from “Legal Zoom.com”. There are firms around the country that focus on this type of contract negotiations and would have no emotional ties or skin in the game. The Kansas City Missouri voters deserve the best representation if we’re going to pay this kind of money. CFRG believes it’s time to make the change.
Developing . . .