Kansas City is desperate for cash and pandemic harsh times seem to have inspired 12th & Oak to hurry up and secure this town's biggest funding source without seeking/enduring very much conversation among voters.
As always, first word goes to BAD-ASS TKC TIPSTERS who found this not-so-fun fact and sent it our way . . .
The next Kansas City Earnings Tax vote has been proposed ASAP by Mayor Quinton Lucas . . . Tuesday, April 6, 2021, a question of whether to continue Kansas City's current one-percent earnings tax for five years; directing the City Clerk to provide notice of the election; and recognizing an accelerated effective date.
Perspective that sums up the situation perfectly . . .
"City hall doesn't want any discussion on the earnings tax. Many people want some restrictions on what it can be used for. No more convention hotels and entertainment district funding from the earnings tax could be a start. Others only want it used for essential services. City hall knows everyone is focused on the current general election, this doesn't have to be placed on the ballot until the end January 2021."
To wit . . .
MAYOR Q IS RAMMING HOME THE E-TAX QUICKLY AMID RISING LOCAL FINANCIAL HARDSHIP AS COVID-19 WORSENS!!!
We don't blame him for this move given the dire circumstances confronting the 12th & Oak budget.
But critics of this tactic are absolutely correct . . . The rush to secure more cash prevents conversation about how these funds will be used going forward.
To be fair, the e-tax always wins by a wide margin and it basically serves as a way for KCMO to stick it to JoCo commuters. However, now that telecommuting might save a few lucky souls from paying city hall, this "re-up" is even more important and crucial to this town's survival.
Developing . . .