What an interesting election.
Mayor Sly James and the City Council: Mayor James etal were able to get overwhelming support for another half cent sales tax for parks and stormwater purposes while at the same time eliminating some property taxes and setting a floor funding amount for street maintenance.
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd: While he didn't deliver the March Platte County Republican Caucus for Mitt Romney (losing by 1 vote), his support for his two candidates for the 1st District and County Treasurer paid off with close wins.
Park Hill School Board Member Susan Newberger: In the 1st District money post, I missed that Ms. Newberger also donated to incumbent Kathy Dusenberry. For that, Ms. Newberger gets the first official apology from the Line Creek Loudmouth.
Rich Republican Ladies: Beverlee Roper spent at least $33k+/- of her own campaign money for 2254 votes (around $15/vote) to squeak out a 46 vote victory over the incumbent.
Future Platte County Treasurer Rob Willard: Rob squeaked out a narrow victory. It's been a while since I have seen someone put so much time and effort into something he cares about. Good luck Rob and enjoy your little ones while they are little (you should have some more....).
www.linecreekloudmouth.com: Site traffic before the election was incredible and traffic since has remained steady. Thank you all for reading and continuing to come back.
The KCMO Parks Department: They avoid making real choices on what services are truly necessary and what staff isn't.
KCMO street maintenance: The new sales tax also included changes to the KCMO charter which dictate 7.5% of the KCMO general fund has to go towards street maintenance.
Rich Republican White Dudes: Both John Brunner and Vic Hulbert lost. At least they now have an endless supply of big white election signs to use for floor protection, basement fort building, or monster paper airplanes.
The Loudmouth: I picked a side in the 1st District Commission race. I could have been like a lot of people I know and sat back and not done a thing. Those are the same people who now will treat Kathy Dusenbery like she doesn't exist and that they always loved the thought of Commissioner Roper. That's not my style. I won't allow people who I have worked with and have proven results that are good for the community get attacked without fighting back. I know who around here has your back and who doesn't. I witnessed one of the saddest commentaries on KCMO politics when I attended the wake for former Assistant City Manager (and all around great guy) Rich Noll. I saw people politicking and lining up support for upcoming elections during the wake and it really opened my eyes at how you truly can't rely on people that you don't know well. Nevertheless, I will have to work a little harder to earn the trust of Ms. Roper. If she holds a grudge because I stick with people who I give my word to and have integrity in my relationships, I won't lose any sleep because I won't be the one with the issue.
I had someone ask me why all these so-called conservatives north of the river (because we all think the same...) would vote for a new sales tax increase that would generate more revenue for government spending. The answer is rather simple. The KCMO sales tax question removed property taxes and assessments based upon boulevard frontage and replaced with sales tax. Property taxes are only paid by people who own property which is paid for with after-tax income. It also is a cost to businesses that they can't easily rely on customers to pay for or pass along.
Sales taxes are paid by everyone. That means everyone has "skin in the game" and people should pay more attention to how government spends the money it takes from us. You also won't lose your home if you don't pay sales taxes. It also rewards those of us that live by the mantra "it's not what you make, it's how you spend it." Rather than having to save up or write some big checks in December, it can be paid over the year. It also helps government cash flow by providing a steady stream of revenue versus a lump sum payment in the first couple months of the year.
Now we get to look forward to endless commercials about who is going to kill granny and gramps the fastest rather than having a real honest discussion on why Medicare and Social Security need to be fixed because they are going to be insolvent.