Thursday, November 14, 2019

TKC EXCLUSIVE BENCHMARK!!! STRATA FUNDING SERVES AS KANSAS CITY EPIC TAXPAYER BETRAYAL FROM MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS AND COUNCIL!!!



Fun day ahead . . . Kansas City could soon discover if the mayor & council are completely full of it regarding their promises to champion affordable housing and subsidy reform.

The quick and dirty summary of the deal . . .

A scaled-back incentives request for the proposed $133 million downtown Strata tower received a crucial approval from a City Council committee. Strata's developer - a partnership among H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB), Kansas City-based developer Copaken Brooks and Ron Jury & Associates - put together the reworked deal after facing resistance from the newly elected City Council and Mayor Quinton Lucas.

Money line:

"The updated deal cuts out a $27 million investment in city money that would have given the city a 28% revenue stake in the project. However, the city still would be a financial backstop for a $36 million parking garage, but it wouldn’t put any upfront money into the deal."

Here's what changed, stolen quoted from a promo blog . . .

In clearing the Finance Committee, the office building proposed for the southwest corner of 13th and Main picked up critical support from a key Council member who earlier had opposed the deal.

“I think this is a great project,” said Finance Committee Chairwoman Kathryn Shields.



And so we find out who is the REAL mayor of Kansas City today.

Clarification on that headline . . . Council lady Shields was smart enough to keep from making any promises about social justice or the lodging of po'folk.

Don't worry, we can have fun either way.

To wit . . .

WILL MAYOR Q AND COUNCIL MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO TODAY OR FINALLY PUSH BACK AGAINST CORPORATE WELFARE?!?!

You decide . . .

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

You could've had way more "fun" with this one, T.

This is where Council-member Shields basically neuters Quinton Lucas.

Should be interesting to watch.

Anonymous said...

She's about 4 & 1/2 years late. But I get your point.

Anonymous said...

“I think this is a great project,” said Finance Committee Chairwoman Kathryn Shields.

vs.

“I think this is a great project,” said Finance Committee Chairwoman Marti Luther King, Jr.

Hyperblogal said...

There are so many of these foolish deals that I'm all out of snark.

Anonymous said...

A 73 year old woman messing with young black stud Tweety Bird Lucas?

Anonymous said...

Finance Committee Chairwoman Kathryn Shields


LOL she doesn't even own anything or pay any property taxes in KCMO.


Anonymous said...

QuikTrip Shields



Just go to Westport Road if you want to behold one of the major messes she is responsible for creating.

Anonymous said...

The city gives this much to developers and people complain about... free bus rides?

Where are your priorities?

Anonymous said...

LOL that pic of Shields. Have you actually seen what she really looks like lately?

Anonymous said...

^^^ Yup and it makes me want to immediately hurl.

Anonymous said...

She's The Beast. One of them anyway.

Anonymous said...

Betrayal? From our mayor and council? Oh, no! Relax, happens always. God, Kathryn Shields is fat, I mean really fat, and her husband is a such a fucking pussy.

Anonymous said...

I assume there are arguments in favor of city tax deferral, participation and guarantees in building projects. What are they?

Super Dave said...

You all have a clue how many potholes all that money would fix.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Damn good point!

What about that busted water main this week?

Is that on schedule to be fixed or we just going to let it go for a year.

KC shouldn't be backing anything but better trash pickup!

Anonymous said...

Where's Phil Cardarella, telling us ow stupid we all are and how his wife acted precisely within the rules and was only following the "peoples wants" after the thousands of public meetings her Committee held on this subject?

Anonymous said...

Not Phil Cardella or Kevin Collison, but I think this project will increase tax revenues (property and earnings tax) enough to justify the limited exposure the city has for the parking garage. Until developers are forced to build in KC (a third tier city), then their will always have to be some compromises between that the government ask for in taxes and what the developer is willing to pay.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone check with cleaver and the fat fake revs first? We don’t want to be called racist again!

Anonymous said...

11:39 If this project increases earnings tax where are the employees coming from? Is some JoCo company going to move downtown? If so does a KCMO employer move to JoCo to fill up the vacancy created? More than likely there will be a merry go round of business locations but at the end to the day no net increase in employment.

Anonymous said...

It's not a betrayal unless you either have forgotten or never understood who the electeds in KCMO really work for and who is running the show.
This vote was fulfilling the promises made behind closed doors to the people who fund the political campaigns.
The interests of the clueless voters and residents, easily distracted and taken advantage of over and over again, don't have to be taken into account.
These kinds of shenanigans will all quickly be forgotten as the "discussions" degenerate into how best to remember MLK, where the $8 million for "free" buses is going to come from, how the city can possibly even consider a $350 million "proposal" for bicycle lanes, and all the rest of the regular peripheral issues.
Momentum!

Byron Funkhouser said...

2:58, I think your gaydar is broken.

Anonymous said...

^^I think you're an idiot.

Anonymous said...

^^^^And yet Byron has a point. Weird.

Anonymous said...

So Kathryn Shields who was indicted when she was the county executive for a shady real estate deal that would have allegedly made her a huge profit thinks this is a great project. Hmm.

Anonymous said...

Byron doesn't live here so he don't know shit.

Anonymous said...

What about Heather Hall. That's weird!