Commission’s distaste for KC seems misguided –

Many of you reading this have been to the Parkville Farmers Market at least once, if not multiple times. That’s all it takes for you to have your say on future plans to replace/relocate the Parkville Farmers’ Market after trucks damaged the existing market structure in two separate incidents.

I encourage you to head over to the announcement on page A-10 of this edition of The Landmark, where you’ll find everything you need to know to make your voice heard. The ad titled “Replaceing Parkville’s Farmers Market” has a web address where you can enter your thoughts and opinions, or better yet, just scan the QR code in the ad and it will take you directly to the poll. I have already donated my contribution using the QR code.

Not familiar with using QR code? Just open the camera function of your mobile phone and point it at the code. This will take you to the survey (you may need to tap the link that appears on your screen after scanning).

Do it now while you think about it. The City and its partners are asking for your opinion on this subject, so make your voice heard. You do not need to be a resident of Parkville to participate in the survey. The options are: * Resident of Parkville; *Farmer’s market vendor; * Farmers Market Customer; *Other.

You are almost sure to belong to at least one of these categories. Then take part in the survey.

The Platte County Commission’s sentiment about the future of the countywide 3/8th cent sales tax for roads appears to have been all over the map. Earlier this year there was a widespread belief behind the scenes that the commissioners had no intention of even putting a renewal option on the ballot for voters to decide. Then some of the entities, including cities and highway districts, worked hard to get the commission’s attention with reports and presentations on the benefits of sales tax for the various entities that deal with the important subject of transportation. After all, even the best-built roads need maintenance.

At a meeting last week of county commissioners and EDC officials, highway district officials and some city officials, it became apparent that the commission wants to put some type of renewal on the ballot in november. But based on some comments, particularly a closing statement from Dagmar Wood, First District Commissioner, it appears the Commissioners’ preference is to reduce the proposed sales tax renewal amount from 3/8th cent to 1 /4 cent. Apparently the commissioners really mean that they cut taxes, or something like that, which is somewhat contradictory since just three years ago Wood and Ron Schieber, chairman of the committee, put on the ballot a new sales tax proposal of half a cent for an over-the- enlarged county jail. As we know, that half-cent prison sales tax was completely bludgeoned at the ballot box by voters.
Maybe the commissioners are thinking about the future. Maybe they want to cut one county sales tax before they come up with another – maybe another prison sales tax proposal is on the not-too-distant horizon to fill a temporary cut in the county sales tax structure.

Just something to plant in the back of your mind.

Schieber said at last week’s meeting that he didn’t like that about half of the money raised from the road tax renewal was being offered to be used within the city limits of Kansas City. in Platte County.

For some reason, during his tenure, Schieber always had a stiffness for Kansas City. Same for wood. It seems strange and wrong. Half of Platte County’s population is made up of residents within the city limits of Kansas City. And where is the majority of Platte County’s sales tax revenue generated? It’s generated within the city limits of Kansas City in the county, of course.

It’s time for county elected officials to openly admit and acknowledge the fact that the Kansas City part of Platte County is financially beneficial to the county, much more than other parts of Platte County are beneficial to the city. .

In other words, we should always keep in mind that the “outside of Kansas City” portion of Platte County benefits from a lot of tax revenue generated in Kansas City.

It is not an opinion. That’s a fact.

No need for our elected officials to openly hate everything about Kansas City. A thank you card might be more appropriate.

In recent years, the county commission’s most outspoken advocate for a new, bigger jail has been Dagmar Wood. Thus, we were able to confirm that there is a growing feeling among the electorate that a future jail proposal for Platte County includes a plan to build a new, larger jail “somewhere near Dagmar Wood’s residence. “.

Wood resides in the Riss Lake area of ​​Parkville, just FYI.

I don’t know how his neighbors would feel about that. Maybe someone could mention it at the next HOA meeting and judge the reaction.

A few notable jokes and quotes that I jotted down in my notebook several times over the past few days while listening to local reporters speak:

• “Highway projects are like transforming an aircraft carrier, not a speedboat.”–DJ Gehrt, city administrator of Platte City, on why a five-year sunset on a highway tax would be too short a time to accomplish much good.

•“TIF is a four-letter word in Platte City. – DJ Gehrt, City Administrator of Platte City, explaining that Platte City residents and leaders prefer not to have TIF (Tax Increase Funding) projects.

• “Investing in infrastructure has given us access to the most dynamic county in Missouri. – Aaron Schmidt, representing Platte County EDC, explains why it’s important to keep the road tax.

• “It’s easier to have a gun than to have a therapist. — Quinton Lucas, Mayor of Kansas City.

(Emailing Foley at [email protected] is cheaper than a visit to the therapist)

Aurora J. William