City Council Approves CID Tax District for
Sutherland Lumber by Greg Walters At its regular meeting last Tuesday night the City Council approved a ommunity Improvement District (CID) for the old Walmart store located at 67th Street and Blue Ridge.
The special tax district is for Sutherland Lumber to operate a lumberyard at the location. Sutherland Lumber is currently in negotiations with Walmart to purchase the property. The purchase is expected to be completed in early March.
What It Means . . . The Community Improvement District (CID) is a special tax district. Under the terms of the agreement with the city, Sutherland Lumber will assess an additional 1% sales tax on all purchases within the store. The 1% sales tax is then given to Sutherland who will use the money for improvements to the building and property. There is no sunset clause on the tax.
Once the store is opened the total sales tax charged at the location will be 9.10%.
The special tax district is similar to the CID Tax Districts created for Hy-Vee Grocery Store. Aldi’s Grocery Store (under construction on 350 Highway) has a similar CID Tax District that is front loaded with a loan from the City of Raytown of $600,000. Under that agreement, proceeds from the 1% CID will be used to repay the city the loan. The Walmart Store, which also has a 9.10% sales tax rate is funded under a TIF agreement.
Interesting Debate During Proceedings The CID Tax District for Sutherlands is now history. The City Council voted 9 yes, 0 no, 1 absent to approve the CID District. Alderman Christine White was absent from the meeting. Four members of the City Council expressed displeasure with a request from the applicant and Mayor to suspend the rules of regular business and pass the ordinance creating the CID District in one evening.
Missouri State Law requires that all new laws before the governing body of a fourth class city have two public readings before final consideration. Proposed ordinances can be passed in one night if two-thirds of the governing body vote to “suspend the rules” and proceed with a vote in one evening. These types ordinances are commonly referred to as “emergency ordinances” because the practice is supposed to be a rare event.
The purpose of the two public readings is to give the elected representatives time to study the proposal and receive feedback from their constituents on the bill before them.
Aldermen Jim Hamilton, Shane Pardue, Bill VanBuskirk and Pat Ertz complained of the frequency of which the regular rules of business have been suspended by the Bower Administration. Ertz offered a compromise that would have held the CID question over until the following week. His reasoning was sound, one half of the Council was scheduled to meet as the Finance Committee that week anyway. However, he did not follow his suggestion with a motion. So the compromise died without any real discussion.
Mayor Bower objected to holding the item over. He made reference to additional expense and inconvenience to City Department heads who would have to travel back to Raytown for another meeting. None of the Department heads concerned with the CID legislation live in Raytown. The deal that was finally closed last Tuesday night with Sutherland Lumber has been nearly one year in the making. And I am sure that Raytowners will welcome Sutherland to the Raytown community.
One cannot help but wonder why meetings cannot be scheduled in a timely manner. It is not like “oh my gosh! . . . this bit of business snuck up on us when we were not looking!”
As for the City Council, only one member who spoke against suspension of the rules, Jim Hamilton, voted against it.
The other Council members who spoke up have shown that they can talk the talk. Now it is time for them to walk the walk. Jerome Barnes Announces
Campaign for the Raytown School Board Press release by Jerome Barnes
My wife Donna and I moved to Raytown 25 years ago to start a family. Our three children–Jeremi, Donesha, and Jerome II–have all been raised in Raytown. Jerome II graduated from Raytown South High School in 2007, and Jeremi is in the 7th grade at Our Lady of Lourdes, where I serve as Volunteer Athletic Director.
My daughter Donesha been diagnosed as having a bilateral profound high frequency hearing loss. She graduated from Blue Springs South High School in 2005. Her home school was Raytown South High School.
Military and Public Service I served in military for six years, three in active duty and three years in the reserves. In 2009, after 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service, I retired from my position as Labor Relations Specialist.
Community Service I have actively served the community of Raytown through my coaching with Little League, the YMCA, and Our Lady of Lourdes. I served on the School Advisory Board and a Volunteer Athletic Director for the past 5 years at Our Lady of Lourdes, and previously volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, Raytown Sports Association, the Raytown Schools Demographic Planning Committee, and the Robinson Elementary PTA.
Reason for Running for School Board A dynamic community needs volunteers in order to be successful and viable. With an extensive history of volunteering for area schools, I feel I can be an active, knowledgeable member of the Board, providing leadership for the Raytown School District. I am committed to learning more about the processes involved and the steps necessary to make informed, data-based decisions. From my experience as a parent and a school volunteer, I feel I have learned a great deal about what makes a school effective. I hope to be a voice for both the teachers and the people of our community and welcome open discussion among all of the stakeholders who support our local school system. Thus, based on the knowledge I have gained in working with our schools and young people, and my desire to give back to the community, I have decided to run for the School Board in Raytown.
Mr. Barnes can be reached at 816-729-8784.
After Exercise by Jenn Walters 2 Comments You know the saying “You are what you eat?” Well, it rings true for everyday eats—and even more so for post-workout noshes, new research suggests. A recent study out of the Journal of Applied Physiology found that eating a lower-carb meal after exercising enhanced the body’s insulin sensitivity, thereby making it easier for the ol’ bod to move sugar from the bloodstream into tissues like muscles. (Insulin resistance is a hallmark of Type II diabetes and a general sign of poor health.)
Researchers also found that it didn’t matter how many calories the meal included, so after a workout, you can eat according to your hunger not the science. Now, of course, for you endurance athletes, you’ll want to keep carb loading up for energy-filled and performance-based workouts, but for the pre-diabetics out there, reduce those carbs to start reaping the benefits!
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Last Week’s Poll Results
Should Raytown develop the "Green Space" in Downtown Raytown into a park?
35% . . . Yes. It would be an asset to the area. 35% . . . No. Save it for commercial development. 30% . . . Not sure. But it deserves some discussion.
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