The City of Raytown’s 2010 Audit Report was released on Friday. The report, which was prepared by the City’s Finance Department, raised alarms over budget shortfalls.
Most notable is a shortfall in anticipated property tax revenue by year end 2011 in what is commonly known as the Walmart TIF. The following (bold face type) was copied directly from the report. To view the Audit Report in its entirety visit the City’s website using this link http://www.raytown.mo.us/
350 Highway Debt Payments (Walmart TIF)
A growing concern
• Projected deficit (-$72,913.00) would need to be paid from other city funds.
According to the report the sales tax revenue from the TIF on 350 Highway is “not available for general use”.
That is because all of the sales tax dollars collected at the Walmart Store on 350 Highway is dedicated to repayment of debt to TIF bond holders.
The City has paid out over 1.8 million dollars from reserve funds to make up shortfall of revenue from the Walmart TIF since its creation. Most of that payment was due to the fact that Walmart did not open on schedule. Payments to bond holders were due and had to be paid. The City of Raytown has guaranteed the bonds, so it fell upon the City to use taxpayer dollars to make payment on the Walmart TIF bonds.
The 2010 Audit Report is scheduled to be presented to the Raytown Board of Aldermen at Tueday night's meeting, April 12, 2011.
City Revenues Off by Nearly 1 Million Dollars
Another revelation found in the audit report was on the page entitled Revenue Highlights – General Fund. The report shows that revenue is (-$941,234) below projected levels for the 2010 audit period .
Only two areas of city income had shown any growth. One is in fines ($6,992). The other is in Inter-governmental Transfers ($34,369). Intergovernmental transfers occur when other governmental agencies provide money to the City for certain projects like the 63rd Street Bridge. Part of which was paid for by Jackson County through County Urban Road funds (CURS).
ASK PETE . . . a column dedicated to gardening
Has Spring Finally Arrived???
After one of the worst winters in history, warm weather has arrived, at least for a couple of days. It is important to remember that the frost free date for our area is April 15th and all that means is that we have a 50-50 chance that we will not have a freeze after that date. Last year we had a hard freeze in May.
The weather patterns have changed and we are not getting the Artic cold as we recently have.
“So can we garden now?”
If you were to come by our shop at 5900 Raytown Trafficway (Eden’s Acre), you would see that we have rows of vegetables already up and some of these have managed to make it through recent 20 degree weather. In fact, we just sold the last of our spinach that we planted last fall and had grown to a height of a foot already this spring.
It is not too early to plant, in fact, it is getting late to plant some crops. Many of you are familiar with the custom of planting potatoes on St Pat’s day. But did you know you can plant peas, radishes, spinach, (and other lettuce type crops) just as soon as you can work the soil in the spring. That is why we have crops already up and raring to go.
There are many bedding plants that can also be put in the ground right now. Cabbage and broccoli for instance, but it is not too early for flowers. Pansy and Violas will with stand a hard freeze and there are a number of spreading plants that will make it through the winter that can be planted now.
Of course, everyone wants tomatoes and peppers and green beans and many times we get in a hurry for these. It is important for the soil to have a chance to warm up as well as for chances of frost to past. Green beans if planted to early, will rot rather than sprout if the soil is not warm enough. If your garden was tilled in the fall, the bare dirt will help to absorb heat and will warm up earlier. If you have mulch on your garden space, it will keep the soil cool and it may be helpful to pull the mulch back for a few sunny days to allow the soil to warm.
Tomatoes and peppers are both warm weather crops and will probably do better planted toward the last of April. If you are in a hurry, then you can lay black plastic mulch around the plants and that will help warm the soil. You can set jugs of water around the plants to help gather and hold the heat. Or you can purchase a ‘wall of water’ and plant your tomato plant within this water filled container. No matter how much growth you have with your tomato plant, most varieties have a certain temperature required at night before the blossom will set fruit. If your tomato plants are extra early, you may want to spray ‘blossom set at the first sign of blossoms.
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Foods to Fuel You by Jenn Walters
On my recent trip to the Team Luna Chix summit, Tish and I had the chance to stuff ourselves with all of the Clif and Luna Bar products that we could. It was like Christmas. And boy, did we take advantage. I scarfed at least one Clif bar and one Luna protein bar a day. Oh, who am I kidding?! I probably had two of each both days. So yummy. Anyways, today we’re reviewing three of those nom-tastic Clif Bar products we tried. Read on for the delicious 411!
Clif Shot Bloks were my fave form of energy during long training runs, and Tish and I ate them all throughout the marathon. These bite-sized gummies are filled with electrolytes and sugar to help fuel your activity when you’re working out for more than an hour, and I have to admit that they’re pretty tasty, especially when you’re 20 miles into your run. I was a huge fan of the black cherry variety, which even has caffeine in it (perfect for long early-morning runs), but at the summit, I was introduced to two new flavors that I’d never seen at my local running store: tropical punch and margarita. Yes, you read that right. Margarita! I have yet to find the Margarita ones and they were out at the event (sad face), but Tish did jack a few packs of the the tropicals and OMG what a find.
The tropicals were like a party for your mouth. We stuffed a bunch of the flavors in the back of our totally groovy biking shirt pockets and quickly forgot about them. That is until we arrived at our first rest stop to fuel up. I pulled out those blue bits for Jenn and myself and the fruity fantasia began. When you’re exhausted and in definite need of fuel, you’ll eat just about anything and these were like gifts from the workout gods. If you’re partaking in sweat fests that last an hour or more, these are the perfect fuel and fun for a job well done.
I love Larabars, especially the peanut butter cookie ones and the cherry pie. Deeeelicious! But why am I talking about Larabars in a Clif Bar-themed post? Well, because it’s the best way for me to describe these new Clif C bars. These puppies really do remind me a Larabar. They have a similar consistency and flavor, although they’re a little crunchier with a layer of fruit and a small layer of nuts.
The bars are 70 percent organic (hooray!), boost a small ingredient list that you can pronounce and include a full serving of fruit in each one. Clocking in at 130 calories, they’re a fruity snack to get you from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner. I do wish they had a touch more protein (each only has 2 grams) and less sugar (they do taste darn sweet), but their 4 grams of fiber softens me on that.
Would I go so far as to say that these bars are as good as my beloved Larabars? Nah. That’s a tall mountain of tastiness to climb. But they are good.
Mojo is something every pro (fill in the blank with your favorite sport/workout) should look for in their athletic groove. I chuckled when I read the name of Clif’s Mojo peanut butter pretzel bar, but I was singing another tune after taking a bite of one of these bad boys that were a mix of salty and sweet. It was more like “Get in my tummy, oh yeahhh” and it sounded like Barry White.