Tuesday, May 28, 2019
TKC MUST SEE!!! TIF FIGHTERS LAUNCH QUESTION 1 CAMPAIGN FOR UPCOMING KANSAS CITY JUNE 18TH VOTE!!!
Insiders and developers are afraid this effort will kill tax breaks for local construction projects.
Neighborhood advocates Question 1 could put Kansas City back on track to funding neighborhoods and affordable housing rather than luxury living space.
Meanwhile, people who really know how 12th & Oak works realize that an "ordinance with an accelerated effective date" is just one of many way to circumvent and nullify well-meaning but ultimately clueless citizen initiative petition.
And so we offer a glimpse at the latest campaign e-mail blast and a quickie movie on the topic. Take a peek:
KC TIF WATCH: What we can do next to help public schools.
When City Hall tried to give Shirley Helzberg a $4 million dollar TIF, you were on the front lines with us advocating for our public schools, public libraries and our mental health fund. You got us this far and now we're ready to take the next steps.
Please VOTE YES on QUESTION 1 on JUNE 18th for TIF Reform
The Coalition for Kansas City Economic Development Reform has been working since 2015 to create equity in Kansas City, specifically by trying to educate the public about the overuse of economic development incentives and their long-term devastating impact on our most vulnerable citizens.
Since that time, we have watched, year after year, the city of Kansas City and the entities that were created for the purpose of incentivizing development including the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA), the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA) and the Port Authority give 100% property tax abatements for luxury development in the downtown area.
We have watched as these projects have continued to be approved regardless of the obvious lack of blight, apparent lack of oversight and review and pressure from voters. We have worked, year after year, trying to attend meetings, write letters and even driven to Jefferson City to petition our law makers for some level of control.
All of this to stop the constant hemorrhaging of our public dollars to private luxury development.
After all of this, we are finally in a place to call in the troops! Our ballot initiative to cap incentives at 50% (instead of 75% that it is currently) and to make all of the economic development authorities follow this cap, will be on the ballot on June 18, 2019.
We still need your help!
Developers and their lawyers are already using deceptive push-polls to make people think we are funded by out-of-town billionaires and the corporate chicken-littles are already telling voters that the sky is falling and Kansas City will no longer be developed without these incentives.
We have created an informative video to explain what Question 1 is and what it will do for our public services. Please watch and share it with as many voters as possible.
You decide . . .