Saturday, July 06, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! INSIDER: JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE HAS 'POISONED THE WELL' FOR SLATE OF UPCOMING TAX INCREASE VOTES!!!
Overwhelming and disproportionate Jackson County property tax assessment increases not only impact homeowners but also threaten the agenda of ambitious politicos hoping to advance their policy initiatives.
To date . . .
Thousands of local homeowners in some of the poorest neighborhoods worry over property tax spikes of up to 300% whilst outrageous assessments totaling up to 2,184 percent have inspired headlines and voter dismay.
Even public officials involved in this debacle has described the process as "broken" while the workload threatens to crush local government employees in massive wave of appeals.
Meanwhile, Exec Frank White has been steadfast in his resolve to continue down this path and supports his appointees who have met with growing criticism in the midst of a historic tax hike.
HOWEVER . . .
Even more important than sentiments from voters are the implications for colleagues and other political factions who have devised their own plan to garner access to public funds.
To wit . . .
THE JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX CRISIS EVOKES RESENTMENT FROM POLITICOS & CREATES A "TOXIC" ENVIRONMENT FOR ANY FUTURE LEVY!!!
This isn't a theoretical debate . . .
Already we know about a host of other tax increase initiatives on deck . . .
- KCPS will soon ask voters to raise property taxes on their behalf for the first time in more than 40 years.
- There is work underway for a local "transit tax" that would improve both access and resources for the growing number of riders who rely on the bus.
- Funds for development extending outside of the downtown loop, going east and beyond the Crossroads have been touted as a way to include more of KCMO in the so-called Renaissance of Downtown.
And so, an AWESOME TOP ECHELON INSIDER offers perspective and info about why these efforts will confront increased challenges because of the property tax hot mess.
Here's the word:
"The tax burden for KC is already too high. Everybody knows this will just kill any "ask" we're going to make to the public. Forget money for KCPS or any tax increase that isn't past clandestinely like streetcar TDDs. Sly's pre-K defeat will look like a walk in the park compared to voter frustration with new taxes in the next few years. It's a shame. There was a really good conversation about "momentum" and extending KC's economic progress to more people. But now, this historic tax spike is just going to eliminate any voter support to continue taxpayer subsidy of other worthwhile goals like improving schools or public transit access."
Accordingly . . .
BEFORE HE HAS EVEN STARTED, MAYOR-ELECT QUINTON LUCAS CONFRONTS TAXPAYER RESISTANCE TO ANY OF HIS AMBITIOUS SOCIAL JUSTICE GOALS!!!
Even worse . . .
VOTER DISTRUST INSPIRED BY THE JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX HOT MESS HAS GREATLY ERODED FAITH IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT OVERALL!!!
In conclusion . . .
What we're witnessing is a game changing shift in the local dynamic betwixt voters and KCMO elected officials. In a matter of days, leaders who once enjoyed confidence from the public are now met with distrust. As a celebrated local sports hero threatens to raise taxes so dramatically that many residents will be forced out of their homes, the electorate beholds callous indifference from the political establishment amid the revelation of a grim reality that betrays social justice rhetoric and shows us politicos in the midst of a brazen money grab targeting their constituents to fuel their own schemes.
Developing . . .