Let's start this week with just a few facts . . .
- Kansas City borrowed nearly a billion bucks in 2017 and locals would be hard pressed to find substantial improvements.
- KCMO now needs more money and thinks voters are SO DUMB that they'll write a blank check for HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE MIDST OF RECESSION WITH NO CHECKS OR BALANCES. It's likely they're correct given that there is no organized opposition against the tax.
- This time around KCMO isn't even bothering to offer specific promises but just a general plea to voters in the name of civic pride and endorsements from all of the locals who make their living by wearing cheap suits to lame parties at the Chamber.
Most importantly . . .
YES, THIS VOTE IS A TAX INCREASE BECAUSE BORROWING MORE CASH WILL SPIKE THE LEVEL OF COSTS FOR ALL MANNER OF CITY SERVICES!!! THE "NO-TAX" PITCH SIMPLY HOPES VOTERS BELIEVE IN FREE MONEY!!!
The argument against this position claims that a yes vote will keep taxes down and add "liquidity" to the city's budget . . . Which is only correct for those who are running 12th & Oak like a ponzi scheme that continually needs more cash to avoid inevitable collapse.
Again . . .
Read between the lines . . . This recent report shows us that locals are will to wait YEARS for sidewalk improvements to arrive in their neighborhoods . . .
City voters approved a 20-year $800 million bond issue in 2017 to fund capital improvements which designated $150 million of that for sidewalk improvements, resulting in $5 million annually being available for sidewalk construction and repairs and $2.5 million being available for sidewalk accessibility improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
So far sidewalk bond funding has been used to catch up on the backlog of requested sidewalk repairs and on ADA compliance. The backlog of requested repairs should be completed no later than 2025.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
KCMO residents can give direct input to the City Public Works Department on what are the greatest needs for sidewalk construction and repairs in their neighborhoods and on what should be the city's highest priorities for building a safe and well-connected citywide sidewalk network at an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.