There's an urban core debate over finances underway that has been tragically overlooked by mainstream news and hidden behind paywalls.
Fact is, MSM is happy to post and re-post patronizing affirmative-action coverage or even support BLM but offering a real perspective on the politics of the urban core merits serious consideration that most outlets STILL aren't willing to offer at this late date. There are exceptions to this rule given that Dave Helling has actually penned thoughtful coverage of the Central City Economic Development (CCED) Sales Tax District and debate regarding proprieties for 1/8th sales tax.
Right now the funds remain at a standstill and that has sparked vicious arguing at City Hall and among 3rd District power players
Accordingly . . .
COUNCILMAN BRANDON ELLINGTON AND EAST SIDE LEADERS ARE NOW IN ENGAGED IN A WAR OF WORDS REGARDING RHETORIC OVER CCED ACCOUNTABILITY!!!
However, today our most KICK-ASS READERS contend that a recent editorial from a community newspaper has sent shock waves through the urban core . . .
Here are the basics . . . We'll start with the ominous editorial title . . .
Here's the overview of the recent controversy . . .
"Mayor Quinton Lucas introduced an ordinance directing the City Manager to work with the Central City Economic Development Board (CCED) to hire an administrator that would manage the CCED program. The Board previously adopted a resolution declaring that they needed a dedicated administrator that would work solely on CCED effort to ensure timely review of applicants and the execution of contracts."
"Third district at-large City Councilperson Brandon Ellington debated vehemently against that plan and voted against the ordinance, which passed 12 to 1. His comments appear to be based purely on unsubstantiated allegations and false claims . . ."
Still here's the EPIC money line and conclusion of the powerful screed . . .
"Terms like "slush fund" "nothing has been developed" and "can't talk about where the money is at" and associating it with Black people, since the tax is targeted for projects in the Black community, makes the entire tax and its intentions suspect with no proof whatsoever. Furthermore, the CCED board has no control over any checkbooks or any aspect of the program outside of making recommendations to the city council which is the ultimate authority."
"The ironic part is that several weeks ago Councilman Ellington was boasting about the Troost Midtown project on public radio. That same afternoon the project was shut down by OSHA/Brownfields and the developer hasn't paid employees in weeks. There has been no mention of that project by any member of the Council."
To be fair to Councilman Ellington, we believe that fighting for sales tax accountability should always be encouraged.
However, our readers are correct . . . No matter how readers might feel about this issue, the editorial is important in that the newspaper not only opposes a rising star 3rd district leader but also demands more attention for how taxpayer cash is spent in the urban core.
Again, this issue is critical because we're talking about cash funded by taxpayers throughout KCMO. Let's not forget that even before BLM protest and election cycle rhetoric, this tax earned OVERWHELMING CITYWIDE SUPPORT . . . Voters in Kansas City want to see the effort succeed and it won't if most local media keep politely ignoring relevant debate that demands public examination beyond slogans.
Developing . . .