Monday, July 15, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CRITICS CLAIM RECALL OF JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE FEASIBLE AMID WIDESPREAD PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT FRUSTRATION!!!
Fact: Jackson County Executive Frank White has destroyed every bit of the political capital he once held as popular Kansas City baseball legend.
Now, widespread fear over a dramatic increase in property tax assessments and the Exec's obstinate and callous response in light of community complaints have evoked an outpouring of antipathy from the public.
To wit . . .
CRITICS OF EXEC FRANK WHITE CLAIM RECALL IS ACHIEVABLE GIVEN WIDESPREAD VOTER ANGST OVER HIS RECENT CONDUCT IN OFFICE!!!
Now, let's remember that the Jackson County "home rule" charter is kinda weird and the section on recall doesn't got into a lot of deets.
Here are the relevant passages with a bit of explanation . . .
ARTICLE XIV.INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
Section 1.The people reserve the power to propose and enact all ordinances independent of the County Legislature by initiative, to approve or reject ordinances of the County Legislature by referendum and to recall an elective county officer.
Notice that there aren't any qualifiers about "malfeasance" that appear in other local charters . . . There are also no time limitations. And so, critics claim that voters wanting to recall Exec White are free to do so if they can achieve the election threshold . . .
Section 6.Any ordinance passed by the County Legislature is subject to referendum of the electors, except those set forth in section 2 and section 5 above. Petitions proposing a referendum shall be signed by registered voters equal in number to at least ten percent of the total vote cast for County Executive in the last election in which a County Executive was elected. The petitions must be filed within sixty days after the effective date of the ordinance. The ordinance shall remain in full force and effect until rejected by the majority of those voting.
Section 7. Petitions demanding the recall of any elected county officer shall be signed by registered voters equal in number to at least twenty percent of the total vote cast for County Executive, in the district or county, in the last election in which a County Executive was elected.
In the General Election in which Exec Frank White was elected there were 152,209 votes -- An impressive turnout of 67.42%. So, more than 30k valid voter signatures would be required to recall the Exec.
More deets . . .
Section 8. All petitions referred to in this article shall be filed with the offices or officers charged with conducting elections within the county which shall be the judge of their sufficiency.
Section 9. Initiative and referendum issues shall be submitted to the voters at the next regular election held within ninety days after the petitions are filed, or if there is no regular election within such time, a special election shall be held within sixty days after the petitions are filed. A special election shall be held to consider recall of a county elected officer within sixty days after the petitions are filed.
Section 10. If the majority of the votes cast are in favor of recall, the office shall become vacant immediately upon certification of the results by the offices or officers charged with conducting elections in the count
Accordingly . . .
TKC was skeptical about this fledgling effort but here's the explanation from an insider attempting to garner funds and support to get started:
"Even the failed effort to recall Mark Funkhouser earned more than 15K voter signatures and he was relatively popular at the time. There have been 21,000 appeals of property tax assessment and counting so far. These are people fighting for their homes with families and neighbors. Don't underestimate the power of community disgust with this process. Recalling the Executive would send the right message that this process needs to be fair and legal, not just one politician exercising his will over residents."
And so we ask our blog community . . .
WOULD YOU SIGN THE PETITION TO RECALL JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE?!?!
Developing . . .