Thursday, November 21, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE MUST READ!!! OPEN LETTER: KANSAS CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REFORM GROUP QUESTIONS MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS AND HIS FAILURE TO VETO STRATA DEAL!!!
Tonight we share AN EXCLUSIVE AND IMPACTFUL STATEMENT doubting the promises of the new city hall administration after a controversial deal for taxpayer subsidy didn't meet with appropriate opposition. Here's the word . . .
Open Letter to Mayor Lucas
Mayor Lucas, we supported your bid for mayor expecting a leader who would stand up to developers accustomed to getting their projects incentivized to the level of their choosing.
Strata was the first major test and we did not see the leadership we anticipated. Merely voting against this does not demonstrate your full commitment to incentive reform as promised in your mayoral campaign.
This downtown project is receiving substantial tax incentives.
We question your tweet on Thursday, November 14th portraying the revised deal as an example of “standing up for the public”.
What public were you referring to Mr. Mayor – certainly not those at 80th and Troost, 59th and Michigan or 10th and Indiana? Certainly not Kansas City’s public-school children or people in need of mental health services whose revenues are being handed over to wealthy developers rather than utilized to provide the resources they need to function in society.
If you are truly committed to incentive reform, you should use the full power of your authority which includes a veto. That would back up your statement that “City Hall should always aggressively protect the public”.
Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Mayor, and your failure to veto indicates to us that you are not truly committed to incentive reform. Your actions have put you on an unfavorable trajectory and we encourage a course correction immediately. Published reports are saying that you have no intention of vetoing, but we would ask you to reconsider that decision and veto Ordinance 190498.
The Coalition for Kansas City Economic Development Reform
Here's another look straight from the source:
We'll have more on this for the morning update for now this criticism from urban core leaders should resonate across Kansas City and provide some indication of disappointment in the new mayor.
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