Incentive reform measure inspires long debate but no vote by KC Council

The Kansas City Council did not vote on an incentive reform ordinance amid a flurry of eleventh-hour opposition from a labor organization and a walkout by a sponsor of the measure during a long debate Thursday.

The ordinance seeks to limit the redirection or abatement of taxes for development projects by 25 percent, with a few exceptions, including projects that score well on the AdvanceKC scorecard. AdvanceKC favors projects that command large investments by companies, offer high-paying jobs and involve the preservation of historic buildings, among other factors.

Jermaine Reed, a 3rd District councilman who co-sponsored the incentive reform ordinance spearheaded by his 3rd District at-large colleague, Quinton Lucas, left in the middle of the debate before a vote. It’s not clear how Reed would have voted — he could not be reached for comment — but he was one of seven co-sponsors of the legislation, giving proponents an apparent majority on the 13-member council.

Reed’s departure set up what looked like a tie vote, which would have defeated the ordinance. Proponents of the measure seemed ready to call a vote until Reed left the meeting.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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