Saturday, December 01, 2018
Kansas City Saturday Standoff: Affordable Housing Debate City Hall Funding Talk
Great back & forth here from City Hall insiders on future funding for affordable housing.
Lots of great info and perspective from both sides this ongoing debate.
First, a call out on the tax cash from electric scooters . . .
Sharon Sanders Brooks - "Thank You Councilwoman Katheryn Shields for having had the boldness to introduce a resolution to provide funding for Affordable Housing out of a Kansas City, Missouri revenue source. Would YOU believe she had to fight to get these funds, approximately $300,000? Four KCMO councilmembers VOTED against it yesterday. The 4 who VOTED NO are : Fowler, Hall, Wagner and Justus . The City has granted millions of Tax Incentives for luxury housing in Downtown yet didn't want to give crumbs to Affordable Housing."
"One of the council members who spoke against the measure has previously stated his own family had been homeless at one point . At least that's what he said on the campaign trail ... How quickly some can forget . Feel FREE to SHARE."
The response from the current Mayor Pro Tem:
Scott Wagner - "I voted no because it is not good policy to earmark. I pointed out that if the Council wants money for affordable housing we have a budget process that allows for that. In my first comment I said if you start earmarking program income pretty soon it won't stop. People will want to divert funding for worthwhile programs, and whittle away our general fund by a thousand cuts. Within 15 minutes of that statement a Councilperson proposed an amendment to see what other new program income was out there, proving my point. As the Chair of Finance my responsibility is to push back against budgetary schemes that I think are problematic. Earmarking is one. i don't expect people to agree with my decision because of the subject, but if anyone thinks affordable housing is not a priority to me then I invite anyone to come to a housing committee meeting."
More great info from the former Council lady and current community leader:
Sharon Sanders Brooks - "KCMO spent $500,000 for the Open Spaces Festival and spent $200,000 for a freakin poorly attended Beauty Pageant but had a problems with allocating a mere $300,000 for housing assistance for the non wealthy, non-campaign contributing citizens of this City."
Developing . . .