Monday, June 29, 2020

Coronavirus Breaks Overland Park

This enclave suffers a historic economic hit from the pandemic and might soon have to abandon the good life . . . Take a look:

Even Overland Park feels pandemic's economic pain. Will it force change on taxes?

If any city were immune to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, you might think it would be Overland Park. The city proudly noted in its 2020 budget document that Money magazine in 2018 named it one of the Best Places to Live, "based on great schools, low crime, shopping and restaurant options, healthcare access and a strong job market."


Tracy Thomas said...

Still a darn sight better than KCMO!
Come on over!
Drive by Frank White's subsidized by a lawyer buddy house as you wave goodbye!
Send a Hallmark card to Mayor Q.

Anonymous said...

Overland Park, great place to live if you are 1 dimensional.

Anonymous said...

I noticed that the article failed to mention that OP recently has proposed to raise property taxes on all of the commoners.

Anonymous said...

"None of this suggests that Overland Park confronts anything like the stark fiscal realities facing Kansas City and Kansas City, Kansas. The cuts it’s making — to building and parks maintenance programs, equipment replacement and capital projects — won’t begin to approach the kinds of cuts its neighbors will be forced to make."

Directly from the article. Not worth reading the rest if you haven't yet.

Anonymous said...

Tracy, don’t encourage them. We’ve got enough of KCMO and Dotte transplants the way it is.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Gerlach said it best: Unless you can prove the investment of private capital will happen without incentives, its a negotiation.

Anonymous said...

Incentives makes sense for special projects not run of the mill apartment buildings. Developers are guaranteed a profit. City council is controlled by chamber of commerce on these.