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MUSINGS: All of Kansas City to Pay for a Portion of Kansas City Economic Development?

Kansas City’s General Election ballot is filled with bonds of every shape and size. Even the little doggies get some bond money!

Personally, I’ll be voting all the bonds down. I’d love to get into this in more depth, but I simply don’t have the time to do it this week. The short explanation is that while I do think there’s some justification for infrastructure improvements, Kansas City has done a terrible job to earn the trust of its voters with a bond of this size and scope. Also, there are significant financial concerns that I have about the finances of Kansas City long term. I don’t think the answer is more debt right now.

I was looking at the ballots for Tuesday’s election, and I couldn’t believe what I saw. Somehow, through petition initiative, this made it on the Kansas City Ballot:

Shall the City of Kansas City impose a sales tax authorized by Section 67.1305 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri for a period of 10 years at a rate of 1/8% to be used for funding economic development projects within the area bounded by 9th Street on the north; Gregory Boulevard on the south; The Paseo on the west; and Indiana Avenue on the east, which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness or to repay bonds not yet issued?

Yep, you read that right. If passed, everybody that shops in Kansas City gets to pay for the economic development of the sliver of the map that’s embedded to the left, give or take a little.

This one made me really scratch my head. It’s essentially a tax on every other geographic portion of the city to pay for the development of a specified portion.

Northland voters often show up at these General Elections sparingly. They would do well to show up at this one and vote this bad idea down.

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