Vote YES on Question 1 on June 18th
The City of Kansas City, despite objections from citizens and taxing jurisdictions, continues to give generous incentives for development in areas that no longer need it, while neglecting areas of the city where development is truly necessary.
Twenty-year, 100% tax deductions have been freely awarded to both local and out-state developers on a consistent basis for many years.
Originally, those incentives were needed. Past development has allowed for a desolate, abandoned downtown area to become a vibrant exciting one. But it’s time for the next step.
A "yes" vote on Question 1 will:
Provide a more thoughtful process as to when, how and where tax incentives should be utilized in Kansas City.
Ensure that our schools and libraries are better funded and our mental health services are available to those in need.
Increase transparency and accountability regarding the awarding of incentives.
Allow for uncapped incentives to be utilized in truly distressed areas of the city.
It is time for voters to let the City of Kansas City know that it’s time to reign in the tax giveaways in flourishing parts of our city and focus more on areas of need.
Question 1 will NOT be the end of incentive use.
Exceptions can be made to Question 1 through different processes:
A new ordinance can be used to create exceptions for economically distressed areas. This new ordinance can be drafted by any member of city council or even created through an initiative petition process. When the community is in support of a project in their neighborhood, everyone wins.
Taxing jurisdictions can opt in to various projects, granting a larger incentive to developers, without any ordinances at all. Citizens, interest groups and taxing jurisdictions can work together to create a more inclusive score card to determine whether a project is truly deserving of incentives.
Question 1 was not created arbitrarily.
The ordinance language was originally created by Mayor Sly James after he first took office. His campaign had promised citizens living on the east side of Kansas City that he would work to reform incentive abuse. Unfortunately, he withdrew his ordinance before it was able to get passed. 50% was the number that the Mayor came up with, not us.
Not only that, but if you take into consideration the numerous amounts of data that we have accumulated to show that these incentives are hurting our most vulnerable citizens, we feel that reducing the total property tax amount that a developer can have abated from 75% to 50% is more than fair.
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VOTE YES on QUESTION 1 on JUNE 18th