KC education, political leaders seek incentive reform

A coalition of activist organizations that believe the Kansas City Council has not moved far or fast enough on reforming economic development incentives wants to take the cause into its own hands.

The Coalition for Kansas City Economic Development Reform started collecting signatures this week in an attempt to let voters decide whether the limits of incentives should curtailed.

The coalition wants to generally restrict by half the amount of property taxes that can be redirected to economic development projects.

The coalition has considered aiming to get the question on the November ballot, but the group has only until late August to gather about 1,700 signatures. That leaves open the April ballot, the same election where Kansas City political leaders have considered placing a bond issuance of between $500 million to $800 million before voters to improve infrastructure in the city.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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