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New 2.5% Sales Use Tax
WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2022
Here’s a little secret many do not know of in Raytown. Voters approved a 2.5% Sales Use Tax on November 2nd. The secret is the tax does not take effect until the first quarter of 2022. The first quarter on January 1, 2022.
So you can save yourself 2.5% on taxable purchases on the internet up until December 31, 2021.
Enjoy the savings while you can.
Homeowner Inspection Fees
PROPOSED BY McDONOUGH ADMINSTRATION
The Michael McDonough Administration has floated an idea to require home owners in Raytown to pay for a permit to build a fence, replace a driveway, or build an out building on their property. Last Tuesday night, the Board of Aldermen met in a public “meeting of the whole” to learn of the creation of the new fee.
The current rules allow homeowners in Raytown to construct a fence, replace a driveway or build an out building (under 200 sq. ft. in size) without a city permit provided they do the work themselves.
If a contractor is hired to do the work, the contractor must obtain a city license before they can do business in Raytown.
A spokesman for the McDonough Administration said the purpose of the work session was to inform members of the Board of Aldermen of legislation planned to create the new fee.
Alderman Derek Ward and Mayor Michael McDonough had a fiery exchange over the proposed creation of a new “inspection fee” by the city administration.
Ward told members of the Board the proposed inspection fee was a “complete over reach”. He continued by saying he would not support the legislation. Later in the meeting Ward 3 Alderman Janet Emerson said she agreed with Alderman Ward’s comments.
McDonough accused Alderman Ward of “attacking” the city employees who put together the inspection fee package.
Ward responded that he did not think it was necessary for the Mayor to give an editorial comment on everything said by a member of the Board.
McDonough ruled that Ward was “out of order”. His ruling effectively ended what could have been an enlightening debate.
The fact is, Alderman Ward was not “out of order”.
The purpose of a work session is to learn of and debate how legislation should be crafted. McDonough and Alderman Ward had contrary views on the subject (for that matter, so did Alderwoman Janet Emerson).
Ruling someone out of order because they do not agree with you is a cowardly way of avoiding debate.
The Mayor is wrong to use such heavy handed methods simply because someone does not agree with him.
OUR VIEW . . .
When a homeowner makes an improvement on their property they should not be forced to pay an inspection fee if they do the work themselves.
This is how city ordinances currently treat the situation. It should remain so.
Most homeowners check with City Hall when they make plans to improve their property with a new fence, replace a driveway, or construct an out building. The city should encourage these improvements, not make the homeowner who is, in fact, improving the city with their home improvements.
There are, however, instances where homeowners do not follow city code in what they construct. This has led to some structures being built in violation of city property codes. It has also caused property disputes when a driveway crosses property lines.
The problem is a lack of communication by the city to Raytown home owners.
The city is certainly not shy about using tax dollars to inform Raytown voters with fact sheets (that are actually less than factual) for city elections. The city also publishes an annual newsletter informing the Raytown homeowners of all the wonderful things being done for them in Raytown.
Why not use those two methods to inform Raytowners of city codes for home improvement projects?
But, do not insult the taxpayers with an inspection fee. The person doing the inspection is already on the payroll . . . the position is already funded by the city.
After all, we do not want the City of Raytown to gain a reputation of a money-grabbing government that wants to tax homeowners for making improvements to their homes.
Or, to paraphrase what they Beatles most famously wrote in “Taxman”.