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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby mykn » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:18 pm

hartliss wrote:http://www.besmartkc.com/

Group is gearing up to help people vote (vote no of course). I added my commentary to their home page below, making sure I have my facts straight.

We hope you will join us in saying NO to:

HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES - true, if you live in TDD, right?
HIGHER SALES TAXES - is this accurate?
HIGHER RENTS - potentially due to landlords passing on the prop tax increase, right?
TAXING CHURCHES AND NON-PROFITS - I understand this to be true


These jackasses commandeered our neighborhood associations email list and sent out a propaganda email to everyone on our neighborhood today. They will stoop to any low.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:35 am

recent donation to SmartKC:

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby DaveKCMO » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:06 am

kelly's and the levee donated to smartKC, according to their latest filing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx1_a ... U1pVVBGZDA

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby kcjak » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:23 am

A lady from SmartKC was interviewed on a news segment last night about how the streetcar ballot process is too burdensome, yet at no point in the newscast did they mention why the rules are the way they are.

http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/kansas-city-streetcar-looks-to-expand-south-voter-ballot-has-kinks

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby flyingember » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:25 pm

If the legislature didn't like the TDD law the way it is it would have been changed already since it's a method to impose *new* taxes

That's the only answer you need.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby Highlander » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:24 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:kelly's and the levee donated to smartKC, according to their latest filing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx1_a ... U1pVVBGZDA


Jeez, you'd think a Westport pub would actually want to give their liquored up patrons another option for getting home that doesn't involve them driving their own cars.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby flyingember » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:07 am

Highlander wrote:
DaveKCMO wrote:kelly's and the levee donated to smartKC, according to their latest filing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx1_a ... U1pVVBGZDA


Jeez, you'd think a Westport pub would actually want to give their liquored up patrons another option for getting home that doesn't involve them driving their own cars.

You would think they would pick a mode a transportation which can't go somewhere else in town, helping increase their customer base.

It's always about money.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby hartliss » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:51 am

DaveKCMO wrote:kelly's and the levee donated to smartKC, according to their latest filing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx1_a ... U1pVVBGZDA


As did Pulse Development and Block Co. - sort of goes against the "developers" being for the streetcar movement.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby mykn » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:28 am

hartliss wrote:
DaveKCMO wrote:kelly's and the levee donated to smartKC, according to their latest filing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx1_a ... U1pVVBGZDA


As did Pulse Development and Block Co. - sort of goes against the "developers" being for the streetcar movement.


Interesting, I wonder if that's why there wasn't much opposition against the manor square development...

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:24 am

you are wise to assume there are a lot of proxy wars happening in midtown.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby hartliss » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:37 am

But on the flip side, Connect KC had a great list of corp. donors with connections/locations along the corridor.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby Highlander » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:06 pm

flyingember wrote:
Highlander wrote:
DaveKCMO wrote:kelly's and the levee donated to smartKC, according to their latest filing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx1_a ... U1pVVBGZDA


Jeez, you'd think a Westport pub would actually want to give their liquored up patrons another option for getting home that doesn't involve them driving their own cars.

You would think they would pick a mode a transportation which can't go somewhere else in town, helping increase their customer base.

It's always about money.


In fairness, it could also decrease it. It's a train to the power and light district too. That aspect could be a wash with two entertainment districts along the line.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby earthling » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:08 pm

^That won't pass by heart of Westport. Would think the streetcar stop will be at 39th/Main for the 39th crosstown bus and not Westport/Main, so more walking to get to central Westport from streetcar.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby kcjak » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:32 pm

I think they just don't want any property tax increases.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:04 pm

kcjak wrote:I think they just don't want any property tax increases.


which is why their CIDs -- westport and broadway -- are also based solely on sales taxes (main street CID is based on special assessments).

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby kboish » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:00 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:
kcjak wrote:I think they just don't want any property tax increases.


which is why their CIDs -- westport and broadway -- are also based solely on sales taxes (main street CID is based on special assessments).


I wonder how many residents in the area got to vote to have their sales taxes raised? Was it mail in? How were residents notified? If people think the streetcar district is gerrymandered (straight lines are so unfair), they should check out how this CID and Independence Ave CID are shaped. Pretty clear they are avoiding including the people who actually pay the sales tax. No news stories about that, huh?

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:20 pm

kboish wrote:
DaveKCMO wrote:
kcjak wrote:I think they just don't want any property tax increases.


which is why their CIDs -- westport and broadway -- are also based solely on sales taxes (main street CID is based on special assessments).


I wonder how many residents in the area got to vote to have their sales taxes raised?


zero.

Was it mail in?


yes. ballots had to be notarized. ;-)

How were residents notified?


no residents in the CID boundary, so no notice to those outside of the boundary is required (unless you count a public hearing and city council ordinance).

If people think the streetcar district is gerrymandered (straight lines are so unfair), they should check out how this CID and Independence Ave CID are shaped. Pretty clear they are avoiding including the people who actually pay the sales tax. No news stories about that, huh?


broadway CID boundary:

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westport CID boundary:

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby kboish » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:29 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:
kboish wrote:
DaveKCMO wrote:
which is why their CIDs -- westport and broadway -- are also based solely on sales taxes (main street CID is based on special assessments).


I wonder how many residents in the area got to vote to have their sales taxes raised?


zero.

Was it mail in?


yes. ballots had to be notarized. ;-)

How were residents notified?


no residents in the CID boundary, so no notice to those outside of the boundary is required (unless you count a public hearing and city council ordinance).

If people think the streetcar district is gerrymandered (straight lines are so unfair), they should check out how this CID and Independence Ave CID are shaped. Pretty clear they are avoiding including the people who actually pay the sales tax. No news stories about that, huh?


broadway CID boundary:

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westport CID boundary:

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Yup. (and I was being slightly rhetorical, but i think you drive the point home).

Check out Independence Ave's boundaries. CID's are required to be contiguous. They really push the limits of this concept in order to exclude potential voting residents. So much so I wonder if it would survive a legal challenge.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:38 pm

oh, it would all survive a legal challenge. i think the point is you have business owners claiming taxation without representation or what's-in-it-for-me when they've done the exact same thing to serve their own interests.

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Re: Streetcar Opposition

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