The latest rhetoric in support of the E-Tax warns locals that Kansas City would suffer dramatic infrastructure cuts without the revenue source the comprises nearly half of the city hall budget. That might be correct but ignores longstanding complaints about the current quality of these services from most residents.
Proponents of the effort also warn of impending tax increases without the e-tax. Post-COVID
Punchline . . .
KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS CONFRONT TAX INCREASES ACROSS THE BOARD DESPITE THE OUTCOME OF ANY ELECTION!!!
However, to be fair, the tax spike threat is a tried & true tactic that typically works on the compliant local voters who have consistently endorsed the earnings tax.
Still . . .
Kansas City E-Tax advocates hope that early mail-in and absentee voting will provide an easy path to victory.
Check their latest throwaway mailer that offers a litany of subtle threats . . .
Interestingly, a line from this argument should resonate across the metro. . .
"Historically, about half the e-tax is paid by people who live outside KC. Voting "yes" will not raise taxes — only renew the current 1% tax rate. Seniors and people on fixed incomes don't pay the e-tax."
Here's another fact check and perspective we share with readers . . .
- The pandemic crackdown has sparked change in e-tax demographics. Challenges from work-at-home suburbanites and more companies fleeing away from this town will put the tax burden back on KCMO over time.
- Many seniors hold investments with capital gains which provide income . . . TKC isn't your accountant, but that might indeed be taxable for many middle-class residents.
- As always, Kansas City politicos ignore the rising threat of inflation. Normally, that's easy to overlook but INFLATION IS NOW A MAJOR CONCERN OF ECONOMISTS ACROSS THE NATION despite recent assurances that endorse upcoming free money.
As always, TKC rarely makes election endorsements and it's up to readers and voters to decide for themselves now or before the April 6th election.
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