- Raytown was the only municipality to raise property taxes when Jackson County lowered the taxable value on residential property.
- Approved a “bail out” of $800,000 to pay bond holders of the new Walmart Store on 350 Highway even though the store had not yet opened. Construction was behind schedule but payment was due.
- Gave a 5% across the board pay increase to ALL city employees when many Raytowners were seeing their jobs downsized.
- When the City Council approved the 13% property tax increase Joe Creamer told members of the audience that he was voting for the tax increase because he did not want to “cut services”. Within two months he voted to cut the hours of operation of the Raytown Recycling Center in half. Two years later he voted to loan Aldi’s $600,000 instead of using the money for new street lights.
Rick Moore Kicks Off Campaign for Raytown School Board Press Release from Rick Moore I have served on the Raytown Board of Education for six years. I have served as Board president for two years. We have three very bright and talented students in this district. If I didn’t believe they were receiving the best possible education from the best possible educators who care about their students, we would move elsewhere. The board has faced many difficult decisions over the last six years including the hiring of a new superintendant and the financing and construction of several major school buildings and additions. Most recently, we have faced the difficulties of shrinking resources with the decline of assessed county valuation and the decline of state revenue. The statewide revenue picture continues to be bleak. But the Raytown C-2 district will remain strong.
Some of the negative things we sometimes hear about our district simply are not true. Yes, we do have struggles with increasing student achievement for all of our students but we are on the right track and making excellent gains in spite of the many barriers that we often have to deal with. We have been able to maintain the financial health of the district while still making improvements to our programs and facilities and maintaining our excellent staff. We have had to make some cuts to some programs and to a limited number of staff positions. But we have tried to be very fair and reasoned when making any necessary cuts while still remaining competitive with the surrounding districts.
I would not sacrifice the well being of my children just to make a point. If I thought they could receive a better education somewhere else, we would move there. But I know that the education they, along with all of the students of this district will receive here in Raytown, not only meets that of any other district in the classroom, but also excels past other districts when it comes to teaching them about living in the real world and preparing them to succeed at the next levels, both in post-secondary education and in the real world job market.
If reelected to the board, my goals will continue to be to try and help make sure Raytown is providing the best possible education and that we are spend wisely the taxpayer dollars that are entrusted to us. I believe we have the staff in place to help us reach those goals.
Eat Clean with Banana Date Breakfast Bread by Jenn Walters 2 Comments Earlier this week we featured three yummy books, one of which was Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook. As you already know, I love the book for its healthy recipes and tricks and tips sprinkled throughout. And today we’re sharing the yumminess with you!
Below is the recipe for Tosca’s Banana Date Breakfast Bread. It’s so hearty and filling and banana-bready. It’s just delicious. And it’s the perfect breakfast or dessert in my opinion. I love that it includes dates and apple butter (I’ve seen applesauce in recipes, but never apple butter! And I looove apple butter.) And I even tried replacing the ground flaxseed with Salba (I had leftovers from the review), which turned into more deliciousness. And get this: Each serving (1/12 of the loaf) is only 210 cals with 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of healthy fats, 7 grams of fiber (!) and no cholesterol. Try it!
Banana Date Breakfast Bread Courtesy of Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook 1 c. mashed very ripe banana (about 2 medium-sized bananas)1/2 c. Sucanat or rapadura sugar1 tsp vanilla extract1/4 c. apple butter1 1/2 c. whole-grain flour1/2 tsp. baking powder1 tsp. baking soda3/4 c. ground flaxseed1 tsp. cinnamonpinch of ground nutmeg1/2 tsp sea salt1 c. pitted dates, coarsely chopped1/4 c. whole flaxseeds for top of loaf Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan by spraying with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine banana, Sucanat, vanilla and apple butter. Add eggs. Beat together well. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda and powder, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. Mix well and add to banana mixture. Fold in dates. Pour batter into loaf pan. Sprinkle whole flaxseeds over top. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of bread comes out fairly clean. There should be no batter stuck to the toothpick. Remove to wire cool rack. ENJOY THE DELICIOUSNESS!!!
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
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Last Week’s Poll Results
Did the Raytown School Board make the right move in protesting the Sav-A-Lot Tax Abatement approved by the Raytown City Council? 70% . . . YES
28% . . . NO
2% . . . . DON’T KNOW
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