Recently our blog community proved FIRST to break news of a powerful coalition endorsing the 2021 Kansas City earnings tax renewal campaign.
The list included a vast array of civic associations, local business, and civil rights leaders.
The alliance is led by Mayor Quinton Lucas and every member of the city council. Except one.
To wit . . .
HEATHER HALL IS THE ONLY ELECTED OFFICIAL AT 12TH & OAK STANDING AGAINST THE E-TAX!!!
As always, we believe it takes courage to hold an unpopular viewpoint and dispute the crowd. The elected leader's contrarian perspective deserves consideration as local media have overlooked opposition to the longtime tax which funds a great deal of the budget but now confronts controversy amid massive COVID telework appeals.
Councilperson Hall has always been proficient at communicating with constituents and so we are EXCEPTIONALLY GRATEFUL she shared this response with our blog community.
Check-it . . .
E-Tax Statement From Kansas City First District Council Lady Heather Hall
I am not in support of the Earnings Tax as a source of General Fund revenue for the City of Kansas City. It began as a source of funds to support trash needs for the citizens. It has morphed into a fund that does not do its original intent and is constantly a bargaining tool to scare people into support.
I have said that I will not endorse the campaign to renew the tax. I have also said I will not strongly campaign against it until I have a plan to replace it with a better, more consistent source of revenue for the City.
As I research other successful cities across the country, most do not fund their budget in this manner. I will continue to research other methods that would help our city better fund the budget to meet the needs of our citizens.
Developing . . .