January 22, 2014
Last Thursday morning while most of us were working to pay our taxes, a city council committee decided we weren’t taxed enough and put another tax increase on the August ballot in order to fund the expansion of the yet to be built toy train streetcar. This overtaxed li’l news-pooch is about finished with all this tax and spend nonsense.
The ballot initiative would establish a taxing district that makes up most of Kansas City’s urban core, running from the Missouri River to 85th Street, State Line Road to I-435. Helluva district, don’t ya think?
The new sales tax within the Transportation Development District would be 1 percent; plus, properties closest to the streetcar line would face special property assessments.That means if you own a $200,000 house, you get the distinct “honor” of shellin’ out another couple of hundred a year, just to help fund more trips to the Spanish Riviera for the city suits so they can “study” why Spanish ball bearings are better than ball bearings made in America. Way to support that local economy there, Mr. City Manager. There’s a tipping point in this taxing business and we’ve flat reached it. This city is full of cracking sidewalks and streets that closely resemble a moon scape. But this city council knows better than us what we need, right? Wrong! Time to buckle down and get some work done instead of monkeyin’ around with a toy train that hasn’t been built. But then again, toy trains are always more fun than the day-to-day monotony of minding the taxpayers money responsibly.