Wednesday, August 07, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! FREEDOM, INC. POLITICOS RALLY BEHIND EXEC FRANK WHITE AMID RISING PROTEST AGAINST JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX CRISIS!!!
Just a bit of inside baseball is important in the discussion of the largest proposed tax hike in Kansas City history.
To wit . . .
FREEDOM, INC. SUPPORTERS HOPE TO DOWNPLAY THE IMPACT OF PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT HIKES IN AN EFFORT TO BOLSTER THE FADING POLITICAL FORTUNES OF EXEC FRANK WHITE!!!
In recent meetings to organize protest, media events and a potential recall . . . Freedom, Inc. supporters have attempted to quiet members of the Latino community and explain how Latino leadership simply "don't understand" the home valuation process.
They have also echoed a sentiment from Exec White that he is simply "following the law" despite the requirement for in-person "physical assessments" in order to justify the increases.
There's evidence that the assessment hikes have hit all of the urban core but valuations in the Westside & Northeast seem to be targeting the Latino community in particular. So far, Freedom, Inc. has shown very little concern or willingness to join with Latino activists in order to express opposition to the disproportionate increases. In fact, most of the leadership on the issue has come from members of the Clergy and the SCLC and recently City Councilman Brandon Ellington -- All of who are not always aligned with Freedom, Inc.
Again, this is all behind the scenes inside baseball but might help to explain why Mayor Quinton Lucas has remained silent on the property tax increase topic whilst still steering clear of established Latino leaders and instead attending smaller family gatherings in order to practice his Spanish.
Developing . . .