Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Airport Double Talk: New KCI Single-Terminal Price Tag Duplicity Admitted???

Local tax fighters claim they forced a local power broker into a painful admission. Here's a review of a tense conversation we already highlighted but might deserve a second look . . . You decide . . .

Were the #NewKCI Construction Cost Numbers Ever Real?

Last Thursday on the Kansas City Public Television program Ruckus, panelist Jim Heeter dropped the following bomb about the large increase in the cost of a new single terminal for Kansas City International Airport [start at 21:07],A lot of us who looked at that [cost] issue closely at the time that voters approved [it] fully expected this.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just shows the smoke and mirrors the city uses when presenting to the public exists. Heeter showed that Go4KC is also spewing bile and doesn't give all the facts. Go4KC just runs damage control. Never believe any bile spewing joker on Oak.

Anonymous said...

Wait for gopher boi to start screaming you’re not being fair and then he’ll say look at sLIE and tremendous progress, moving forward with murderous momentum, ya know the routine, we’ve heard the lies long enoug.

Anonymous said...

Kansas Citian's are stupid.

Anonymous said...

The airport project should be stoped and a renovation of the existing three terminals should be the strategy. Once this decision is made, the City Council can concentrate on the MLK renaming of the Paseo along with the revitalization of the east side.
Just remember, the "new" Walmart in Raytown has the highest incidence of crime of anywhere in this community.

Anonymous said...

@8am, that’s only if the city council members, full of attorneys trained in deductive reasoning, are smart enough to see what is really happening and pull the plug and start over. McManus, Canaday, Fowler this includes you!

Anonymous said...

Let's do some Gangsta Cookin!

Anonymous said...

Duh, @850 is anyone working behind the scenes to build the votes to stop this train and start over in a calm deliberative process? The city is in this mess bc Sky Jolie Troy met privately at a members only club and cooked this up. And the rest of the council went along.. hired lawyers... and continued to work on a project and proposal that started all wrong. It’s going off the rails bc it never was started properly. It was started with a lie about cost and funding and timing and build it now! Right now! Or the sky will fall in! Just crazy at its core.

Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT ARTICLE FROM TUOHEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is why I wrote last week that Jim Heeter serves as a cheerleader for Mayor James and the local corporate elite.

James, Schulte, many on the Council, and Ruckus guests like Heeter, Jon Stephens, etc., have sold their souls as servants of the local corporate-elite class. They do not represent the best interests of the KCMO taxpayer. On the contrary, they conspire to raise the tax burden on KCMO residents in a transfer of wealth scheme which benefits the wealthy developers and corporate class.

Ask Jim Heeter if he paid the KCMO 1-percent earnings tax on his compensation as head of the KCMO Chamber of Commerce (and I won't even mention those Mercedes Benz vehicles).

Audit the KCMO 1-percent earnings tax program to discover which individuals/businesses get exemptions.

Then link those getting exemptions to their political ties and contributions.

Audit the KCMO Port Authority, a semi-autonomous state agency (KCMO Mayor makes appointments), which has been transformed by developers/politicians from sleepy backwater to cheap money spigot.

Perform full expose' of the financial link between Mayor James and Burns and McDonnell. Campaign finance records are publicly available and eye-opening. Explore tie-ins with Jolie Justus, Greg Graves, Heeter, Ray Kowalik, and others.

Anonymous said...

Yea! Hrumpf hrumpf hrumpf, I mean really? Oh yes for surer! Let's do it! The Airport is! Murmmer, murmmer, murmmer. Hrumpf, hrumpf, hrumpf!

JoCoPost said...

Yes, great work by Tuohey and Show Me Institute. Voters were conned, with support of the media. But don't expect the council to pull the plug--on a public vote, albeit misinformed voters. It's the airlines that need to RESIST. They were willing to be on the hook for $1 billion, not four. They are flying into an airport that everyone has allowed to become more dilapidated than LaGuardia--in an attempt to FORCE a new option. But that option has changed, since finances were not truly disclosed.

Someone's gotta pull the plug. Won't be the council, or Sly, or Troy Schulte. The airlines are the boss of us. When they squawk, things will change. And only then. Meanwhile, if flying out of KCI for the holidays, bring your own toilet paper, plan on long lines for the bathrooms with doors that don't lock, inadequate parking, long lines. Ghetto LaGuardia! Send letters to Southwest Airlines. Good luck and happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

The City makes a ton of cash on the existing airport.
What I do not understand is the general lack of maintenance of the airport. Is this a strategy by the Council to get people on board for a new airport? Is it possible that the same cleaning crews will be in charge of the new airport? Remember Bannister Mall? It was bright and new at one time.

Anonymous said...

The airlines are responsible for the bathrooms. They rent the terminals from the City.

Anonymous said...

If you’re looking for tie-ins... how about Pat Klein’s link to the over priced bozo in Dallas who is supposedly providing review to the city council... what qualified this clown and what merited his review prices?!

Anonymous said...


Hey, 10:21, is the upkeep such as the faucets, and sinks the City's responsibility or the Airlines? A face lift to the restrooms would go a long way.

Anonymous said...

Don't know where you got that @10:21, but you're wrong.
The Airlines and the Retail Outlets rent SPACE from the City, but every member of the cleaning, maintenance, and even fire protection staffs are City Employees.

Building Maintenance is a City responsibility, supposedly paid for by the Aviation Department, but with the City covering any shortfall (and every year seems to bring one) from General Funds.

That's the way its been since 1973,and that same plan will extend through any future replacement or renovations.

Anonymous said...

This is going over the original estimates by very very very large Billions.
Some might think it hits $12 Billion or so.
Airlines are reportedly balking. Looking at airlines... who could blame them as they leave the area? Do they hate poor people? What reasons do the biases exist? Do these very very high high high high prices indicate a hatred for the little guy? Will these high prices that will be added
To tickets for the convenience of more fast fast food past muster with their mirror?
The raw hatred these high prices and cost over runs reflect nothing but hatred.

Anonymous said...

City Employees seem to be walking on the maintenance of the airport. It is a disgrace that the City can't maintain and provide a reasonable upkeep of the restrooms and common areas. A general lack of management is the issue. Too bad the City has the responsibility to provide the maintenance for the terminals. Basic problem...

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't some one run for Mayor who will basically talk about issues such as the lack of quality maintenance in all aspect of the City's maintenance staff?

Anonymous said...

The degrading of KCI is planned obsolescence by the city. The lack of maintenance of KCI falls under the failed infrastructure by Slie. This was done in order to push for a new airport.

Hopefully the airlines will bail on the proposed plan and leave Slie holding a bag of nothing.

Anonymous said...

347 is right.

the lack of maintenance and upgrading is on purpose to create demand for a boondoggle new airport.