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Examiner
  • Officials should say no to tax incentives

  • The tax-increment financing project for Blue Ridge Crossing East is a bad plan for the Raytown School District and the city of Independence.

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  • To the editor:
    The tax-increment financing project for Blue Ridge Crossing East is a bad plan for the Raytown School District and the city of Independence. City Manager Robert Heacock and Council Member Eileen Weir are mistaken in supporting this plan.
    Allan Markley did the correct thing in voting against this plan. Raytown has 8,500 students, and 63 percent of those students receive free lunch. Raytown cannot afford to subsidize commercial enterprises. Let the free market determine business success or failure. Tax-increment financing is a development tool whose time has come and gone. It is an economic detriment to public schools, libraries, community colleges, mental health, disabled persons, the blind and others.
    Please vote no to this form of socialism and communism. TIF should not be tolerated any longer.
     

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