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RAYTOWN GIRLS SOFTBALL SIGNUPS FEBRUARY 13 & 20
The Raytown Girls Softball League will hold signups for their 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Raytown Middle School located at 4900 Pittman Road. Individuals and teams (T-Ball through Adult) are welcome.
Please use this link for more information www.eteamz.com/rgslSchool Board Candidate Pays Delinquent Tax Bill Last week we reported that two of three candidates for the Raytown School Board were delinquent in their payment of property taxes to Jackson County, Missouri. State statutes require that all candidates for public office must be current in their payment of tax obligations before they are allowed on a ballot for election. The pertinent section of the state statute reads (in part): Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 115 Election Authorities and Conduct of Elections The department shall notify the candidate of the outstanding tax owed and give the candidate thirty days to remit any such outstanding taxes owed which are not the subject of dispute between the department and the candidate. If the candidate fails to remit such amounts in full within thirty days, the candidate shall be disqualified from participating in the current election and barred from refiling for an entire election cycle even if the individual pays all of the outstanding taxes that were the subject of the complaint. Jackson County property taxes records show that of last week, one of the two candidates has since paid her delinquent property taxes.Two days after the Raytown Report broke the story, incumbent Raytown School Board member Bobbie J. Saulsberry paid $735.96 (of which $68.36 was a late fee penalty) to Jackson County, Missouri for payment of delinquent property taxes. The other candidate filed, but still delinquent in payment of property taxes, is Nancy Eyerly. According to Jackson County records, $353.19 is delinquent in property tax. There has been no official word from the School District offices regarding whether or not either candidate will be placed on the ballot. Or, if both candidates have been contacted regarding the delinquent taxes and their option to make late payments to remain on the ballot. Jackson County Election Board officials have contacted the School District to remind them of their (the School District’s) responsibility in enforcement of state statutes in the qualification of candidates for election. An Opportunity for City Hall As noted in last week’s Raytown Report, City Attorney Nancy Thompson has put in her notice that she will be moving on to another job in Riverside, Missouri.The vacancy presents an opportunity for our elected officials. A common complaint about the upper management of Raytown City Hall is that all but one of the appointed department heads do NOT live in Raytown. It has not always been so. Up until 1997, when then Mayor Jack Nesbitt pushed through a change allowing the residency rule to be set aside, ALL of Raytown’s Department heads lived within the city limits. The problem is that when a new hire is not required to establish roots within the community that often times their resume’ is out within a relatively short time of the hiring. This creates a revolving door in the upper levels of management. A situation that is not conducive to stable management practices. A quick check of the metropolitan area shows that most communities on both sides of the state line require upper management to take up residence in the city they serve. The simple fact is that Raytown is the exception – not the rule. The turnover at Raytown City Hall emphasizes the need to re-think this policy. It would also help to keep some of our tax dollars at home. Upper management positions at Raytown City Hall start at $70,000 upwards to over $100,000 annually. Undoubtedly, City Administrator Mahesh Sharma will do a thorough search of candidates for the position of City Attorney. As he should. But it is also an opportunity for the Board of Aldermen to step up and grasp the opportunity to re-instate the residency requirement of appointed city officials. The most painless way to do so is to make one of the parameters of the City Administrator's for a new city attorney to include a residency requirement. Thank You, Sue Frank Last week we mentioned the need to take down Christmas decorations. One of our readers contacted us to let us know that former Mayor Frank has taken down the banner wishing all a Merry Christmas on behalf of the Downtown Main Street Association. The Main Street Association sponsored the highly successful scavenger hunt this past holiday season in which local merchants gave away over $3,000 in prizes. We hope to see the banner back up next year. High School Sports / Youth News Girls Basketball: O’Hara 58 / St. Teresa’s Academy 39 by Brother Richard Geimer On the first day of February, the Lady Celtics won a 58-39 game with the Stars from Saint Teresa's Academy on the O'Hara home court. Building up an immediate 14-4 score for a ten point edge, O'Hara maintained the margin by the end of the first quarter 22-12.Except for three 3-pointers in the second quarter, the Celtics held their opponents to six points. However only Hailey Houser and Breanna Ransburg scored any points for the home team and O'Hara's lead was narrowed to four points at halftime 31-27.The Stars scored the first two tallies of the third quarter to make it a two-point game. Then the Celtics went on a 21-1 run throughout the third quarter and well into the fourth quarter to bring the score to 52-30!Along the way, Victoria Hurtt surprised the crowd with a sky hook to close out the third quarter. Six Celtics pumped in the winners' points: Alex Smith with 14, Hailey Houser with 12, Cameron Randle with 9, Ashley Clark & Victoria Hurtt with 8 apiece, and Breanna Ransburg with 7. Raytown South Cardinals 64 / Belton 31 At first it seemed that the game plan for Raytown South was simple: pass the ball to Joe Cooper.Cooper scored seven first quarter points on Tuesday against Belton as he easily put up shots over the height-challenged Pirates. The Cardinals cruised to an 8-0 lead but Belton put a stop to Ray-South's game plan and caught up for a 14-14 tie to end the first quarter. "That's always the plan," Coach Brad Oestreich said about feeding the ball to six-foot-11-inch Cooper. "We were doing a good job at first but there was a loss of focus." For the rest of this story and other Raytown South Sports News use this link Raytown South High School Last Week’s Poll Question Should candidates delinquent in property tax payments be removed from the ballot? Yes . . . . . . 91% No . . . . . . . 7% Unsure . . . . 1%