- A 13% increase in the property tax rate for the City of Raytown.
- The city’s failure to deliver on promises of increased police protection and road improvements in return for support of sales tax increases.
- A change in policy that has curtailed the installation of new street lights.
Mr. Walters stated he is especially concerned with the proliferation of “tax incentives” for corporate businesses. “The unfettered use of so-called “tax incentives” for developers is hurting our community,” said Walters.“The collateral damage to our economic infrastructure is witnessed in the failure of small businesses which cannot compete with the large stores that are given an unfair advantage in the marketplace,” he continued.
“Even worse, the cost of those unpaid taxes has been shifted to the homeowners. You see this in increased property taxes; you see it when you pay an extra “sales tax” when you shop at a store that has been granted a 'tax break'.”“I hope to bring a new direction and better cooperation on the Board of Aldermen in providing for the needs of the people of Raytown,” said Walters. Mr. Walters closed by saying that he will put the needs of the local homeowner ahead of all others in Raytown. He called on the other candidates running for the Board to make the same pledge. Walters is Vice President of Service Printing and Graphics. He is a lifetime resident of Raytown. He and his wife, Marelise, have raised two children and are active in both church and community activities. Candidates File as Deadline Nears by Greg Walters Candidates for public office in the City of Raytown are filling up the slots for the various elections to be held on April 5th. Most of the activity has been in city elections with all but two of the seats drawing competition as the Tuesday, January 18th deadline nears. On Friday, two new filings were reported by Raytown City Hall. According to City Clerk, Teresa Henry, Ward 3 gained another candidate when incumbent Charlotte Melson filed for re-election. In Ward 4, Michelle Williams has filed for Alderman.Races for seats on the Raytown School Board, Fire District and Water District have not drawn much attention. In most cases, incumbents have been the only candidates to file. For a complete breakdown of the races and who has filed use this link Raytown Public Office Filing Information The Salamander Returns! My, my, my. Is there no end to the senseless rationale the KC Star will descend in efforts to defend renewal of the city’s earnings tax. To set the record straight, the KC E-Tax is nothing other than a THIRD INCOME TAX. The only difference between it and State and Federal income taxes is that 60% of those who have KC E-Tax withheld from their paycheck have no input, not a word even, to influence where the money will be spent. This is true regardless of where you live. If you earn the money in Kansas City, you are going to pay a third income tax on it. This applies whether you live in Raytown, Lone Jack, Jackass Bend or Peculiar or even on the Kansas side. You will be paying this tax. Back to the Star’s tub-thumping. The January 3rd issue’s editorial was a classic. The few of you who read that paper – I guess someone must still subscribe – should revisit the editorial, it contained what has to be the worst case of logic rationalization in the history of journalism. Continuing the editorial which predicted the horrible things which could occur if the tax fails, the “Chicken Little” editorial staff wrote the following: “The Star has argued previously that the City Council long ago should have reduced the bloated Fire Department and swollen ranks of the police civilian force. However, a $200 million annual cut in city funds could force overly drastic reductions in public safety personnel.” Then we are told, in the same breath, that these wastrels and money squanderers in the city fire and police department (not my words, The Star’s) have got to be financed; that we must renew a tax which funds the “pouring of gasoline” on the fires of waste which consumes a majority among the E-Tax raises. Not one word of the editorial calls for an end to this waste . Not one! Instead we are told it is our duty to add to the fiscal mess by renewing the tax. The logic is idiocy run amuck. Want to read about how Kansas City refunds earning tax money withheld from employees’ paychecks; Then is returned to the officers of the large corporations? You’ll have to wait for another report. Greetings of the Season to all Bloggers. Ben Franklin would have been proud of what the internet is accomplishing by way of keeping our freedom. Corner Cravings by Erin Whitehead 1 Comment It can be so hard to find healthy eats when you’re out on the town. If you’re like me, you have that staple fast-food salad you grab in a pinch or you emulate Jared and eat a 6-inch sub. But now, Corner Bakery Cafe has introduced its “100 Under 600″ program, which showcases more than 100 different soup, salad and sandwich combos under 600 calories. Awesome! So awesome that I wish I had a Corner Bakery Cafe on my corner…not all the way over in Pennsylvania. But with locations in 11 states and the nation’s capital, maybe you’re lucky enough to have one in your neighborhood. Healthy dining, everyone! Behind the Scenes with Strong Girl Pink by Jenn Walters 3 Comments Pink is a tough chick with some awesome shoulders. I love how she’s one of the few pop stars who can go from crazy rocker chick to vulnerable singer to punky strong girl you don’t want to mess with. She was recently on the cover of Women’s Health and did an awesome and honest Q&A with the magazine. In the interview, she discusses dieting, how much she works out (hint: it’s a lot!), happiness and more. And get this: She doesn’t have a trainer. She just puts in the hard work herself! Love it! See the whole behind-the-scenes video here! Jenn Walters and Erin Whitehead jointly publish Fit Bottomed Girls. To read more of their thoughts on lifestyle choices and fitness go to Fit Bottomed Girls LINKS TO OTHER RAYTOWN NEWS SOURCES To catch up on O'Hara Sports use this link O'Hara High School To catch up on Raytown South Sports use this link Raytown South High School To catch up on Raytown High Sports use this link Raytown High School To catch up on the Raytown Police Blog go to Raytown Police Blog To view Raytown Crime Statistics go to Raids on Line Last Week’s Poll Results . . . Do you plan to vote in the April 5th Raytown City Election? 97% . . . YES 3% . . . . NO 0% . . . . NOT SURE To post a comment click on the word comments below: