4-4 Letters to the Editor

April 4, 2014 

Dear Editor:

Across the country and in communities like Raymore, government employees serve and protect our nation every day. During Public Service Recognition Week, May 4-10, we gratefully acknowledge their service.

I would like to personally thank the many active and retired federal, state, county and city workers of Missouri.

These workers take care of our veterans, stand with our military to defend our country. They are on the cutting edges of medical research to improve public health and regulate the safety of our food supplies. Right here in Missouri air traffic controllers at KCI and other local airports ensure the safety of thousands of passengers daily.

These are critical services.

We may not realize all that America's public servants do each and every day that affects our lives. Let's not take them or the service they

provide for granted. During Public Service Week, and throughout the year, please take a minute to say "Thank You" to public service employees.

Steven Morrison

Raymore

Dear Editor:

Harrisonville the City is asking you to approve a half-cent road sales tax April 8. Missouri wants a one cent road tax in November.

The fact is Harrisonville has resurfaced 56 percent of the City maintained streets in the last five years. That means in five years every street will have been resurfaced in 10 years time.

The city gets its street funding from the General Fund. The Street Department is funded. Other departments/funds are running a deficit.

The city wants the tax to make up those deficits not for funding streets.

Due to the economy , the lack of spending restraints by the city, the costs of the new Police Station ($1.9 million and rising), lost revenue from the two sales tax financed projects, Town Center and Market Place ($215,000 plus lost in sales tax; $250,000 yearly town center bond payment by the city), the airport costs ($275,000 average loss), the Justice Center TRIGEN generator fine ($316,381.36), the $3 million unnecessary Kansas City water agreement, the revenue sources for The General fund cant keep up with spending.

The reserve portion of General Fund went from over $5 million in February 2013 to $40 in January 2014, unheard of spending.

The city is in negotiations with Loves to build a truck stop across from Sutherland's with room for 10 new businesses. Yes, they need tax help.(more losses to Town center and Market Place)

The city has to forfeit most of its four sales tax revenues at the tax-financed shopping projects. general tax, community center/storm water tax, police tax, EMS/fire tax.

At three auto parts stores the city gets to keep its sales taxes. With the opening of Advanced Auto taking business away from the other auto parts.

The city loses sales tax revenue. Every business that is not a new type of business for Harrisonville in the sales-tax-financed shopping projects is a loss for the city.

Harrisonville uses a cost of living study to aid with city budgets, they use a $100,000 income in their study. Census median household income is $45,567.00

The city needs to look within the city not to the residents to correct their financial mistakes. Please vote no new sales tax April 8.

Gary Kidd

Harrisonville

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