|Raytowner's listen to speakers at Tuesday night's meeting.|
Board of Aldermen Meeting
7:00 PM RAYTOWN CITY HALL 10000 EAST 59TH STREET
The meeting is open to the Public.
No doubt one of the topics to be brought up will be a proposed Downtown Raytown Grocery Store.
Many people in the Raytown area have vocally opposed the building of a Walmart Store in Downtown Raytown.
Officially, the city will not confirm or deny that a proposal is coming to City Hall for a Walmart Store. However, news articles in the Kansas City Star have clearly stated that Downtown Raytown is one of three areas targeted for a Walmart Grocery Store. The other two areas identified are Waldo and Lee's Summit.
A number of people are expected to attend Tuesday night's meeting to voice opposition to a Walmart Grocery Store at the location.
The people will be speaking.
The question is, will the Mayor and Board of Aldermen be listening?
The Mayor has scheduled a "closed to the public" executive session at the tail end of the meeting. The subject of the closed session has not been announced by the Mayor's office.
The Dollars and Cents of Why Residency Matters BY GREG WALTERS
There is a dirty little secret the Raytown Board of Aldermen and Mayor are well aware of at Raytown City Hall. It speaks loudly of a poor decision on their part of how Raytown is run on a day to day basis.
It is a decision that literally makes no “cents” at all.
Here it is:
None of the highest paid appointed Department Heads and other members of the Management Team who manage our city on a day to day basis live in Raytown.
We added up the salaries of those who make up this list of elite employees. Because of the city’s policy over $700,000 leaves the city each year when these employees go home to places like Raymore, Lee’s Summit, Basehor, Riverside, and Kansas City.
The $700,000.00* that leaves the City of Raytown each year is based on figures provided by Raytown City Hall in response to Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act. To view the information provided by city hall use this link RAYTOWN SALARIES
Since these highly paid individuals do not live in Raytown the money is not re-circulated to the community.
It will not be used to pay a neighborhood kid to rake leaves or shovel snow. It will not find its way back to city hall through sales tax on groceries or services provided by Raytown merchants. There will be no return on property tax to the city, school district. In some cases, even Jackson County and the Public Library system will be left out of the equation.
In short, the money goes home with them and does not come back.
It does not have to be that way.
In fact, other area governmental bodies require highly paid city officials to live within city limits, the City of Kansas City being the most notable. Recently, the Independence School Board announced that upper management officials will be required to live within the school district boundaries.
The decision allowing this siphoning of city tax dollars out of the City was made by the Raytown Board of Aldermen.
Most recently, the Board of Aldermen voted to remove the requirement that the City Administrator live within city limits. It was done the same night that they voted to give City Administrator Mahesh Sharma a $30,000.00 pay increase.
Raytown’s City Administrator is one of the few City Administrator/Managers in the metropolitan area not required to live within the city they serve.
The decision to abandon residency requirements for the appointed department heads at Raytown City Hall is counter-productive, makes little fiscal sense, and, in the end, costs the city a considerable amount of tax dollars in money lost to other communities.
It is a decision that should be reversed.
*Salary information based on salary figures provided by the City of Raytown City Clerk obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Total compensation does not include cell phone allowance, automobile allowance, health insurance benefits or pension benefits.
To view the salary information click here RAYTOWN SALARIES
True Stories . . . BY PAUL LIVIUS
The following are true stories.
The names of the individuals in the story have been removed. Who was involved is not as important as what transpired.
IT IS HELPFUL IF YOU KNOW THE CITY
As anyone reading this page is well aware, on April 2nd voters will go to the polls to elect one-half of the City Council.
What most people do not know is that one of the candidates was originally filed in the wrong ward by the City Clerk’s office!
The Office of the City Clerk has many responsibilities. The most important of which is the management of candidates who file for public office Raytown. It is her responsibility to make certain candidate taxes are paid, and, more importantly, that they meet residency requirements.
This year one candidate filed only to be informed later that he had been filed in the wrong ward.
Here is the strange part. It was not the City Clerk’s office that discovered the snafu. It was discovered by an opposing candidate!
The incident illustrates the need to be familiar with the city in which one works. The current City Clerk has been at her job for over ten years. She is the first City Clerk to work for Raytown that has not been required to live within city limits.
THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME
An argument is often made by apologists at City Hall in an attempt to explain away why high paid city officials do not live in Raytown. The most common excuse given is that the housing market is weak throughout Kansas City and that individuals cannot receive the true value for their property.
On the face of it, the argument makes sense. Real estate prices have remained depressed throughout the Midwest. The Kansas City is no exception.
Despite that, one city department head has moved since going to work in Raytown.
He was single, met a woman, they fell in love and got married. They consolidated their homes and moved into her place.
Coincidentally, she was works for another city.
They made their new home at her home which is located in the municipality for which she works.
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