Thursday, December 12, 2019
TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY CLOSELY WATCHING WADDELL & REED MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FREEBIE DECISION!!!
Like all showdowns, this could be an anti-climax . .. Insiders tell us that Mayor & Council are likely to punt on this vote until the NEXT meeting.
Nevertheless . . .
CHECK COMMUNITY PUSH BACK AGAINST THE LATEST INSTANCE OF KANSAS CITY CORPORATE WELFARE!!!
Here's the word and a great quote along with locals holding Mayor Q accountable . . .
TODAY 3PM TIF WATCH AT COUNCIL MEETING
Kansas City, City Hall, Thursday at 3:00PM -- Leaders from The Coalition for Kansas City Economic Development Reform will be watching City Council vote on the super-sized TIF for Waddell & Reed (a $100million + package in state and local incentives) to relocate its headquarters. The coalition has been opposed to this proposed TIF from inception. This project could have been a new starting point with a development team willing to communicate and negotiate to get the best deal for all members of the community. Instead, it is an extension of the era our mayor and new council promised would end in the last campaign cycle; they were elected on those promises.
“Why isn’t educating our students a part of ‘economic development?’” asked Janet Parks, representing MORE2 within the Coalition for Economic Development Reform. Parks added, “Students who attend and graduate from our public and charter schools can help the city grow a skilled, quality future workforce. But they shouldn’t have to do that when their precious resources are siphoned off to relocate a corporation.”
Key campaign issues included expanding affordable housing and curbing violent crime. If those are the concerns of the city, investing in luxurious office buildings in non-blighted areas at the expense of schools, libraries & mental health services is ludicrous. The group is particularly interested in the final vote from Mayor Lucas, who has been curiously quiet on TIF reform issues since taking office and seems to be a proponent of this project.
Developing . . .