Reed Chambers, 58, works in real estate and as a taxation, paralegal consultant. He is running for Ward 3 Alderman.

Reed Chambers, 58, works in real estate and as a taxation, paralegal consultant. He is running for Ward 3 Alderman.

 

1 Why are you running for Alderman?

I want people to vote to protect their wallets.  We have the highest local taxes of all cities in the County; so, we need an “economic renaissance” to wean city hall from viewing our city’s taxpayers as available “morsels for their money” and instead, must work a strategic plan to turn to consumers other than city residents to pay restaurant hospitality taxes, and also pay gasoline and cigarette taxes, through the creation of a tourist magnet using the tool of a Chapter 352 RSMO public monument.    We don’t have a Statue of Liberty, a Corn Palace, a Gateway Arch, or a Kentucky Derby; so, Grain Valley needs consultants and a search committee to select something to be dynamically created…

 

2 What do you think is the biggest issue facing Grain Valley right now?  

… We are long-past due to be elevated to the status of a 3rd class city. My opponent, the incumbent, shares the blame for clinging to the antiquated 4th class city status which deprives the people of two more representives on the city’s governing body and denies the rights of voters to obtain signatures and put ballot measures up to a vote of the people.  While both forms of municipal government have a Mayor, I support 3rd class city status because under 4th class city status the people have their voting rights amputated, without the right to petition, and their entitlements    to the representation of eight city councilmen are being capped at merely six members of the Board of Aldermen.

 



3 The city is partnering with Blue Springs to fund a new waste water treatment facility with plans to pay it through connection fees.  Do you support this plan?  How would you propose meeting the city’s increasing infrastructure demands? 

… It makes more sense to use our County Charter to mandate the creation of a county-at-large system where the utility capital expenditure programs and costs are spread over many people instead of the few … Our property values for the entire county will improve county-wide and the largest reason that retards growth is a lack of city utilities, so when every parcel has water and sewer service, small cities like Grain Valley will  no longer be told to pay half of the costs of a project in partnership with a much larger and better financed larger city… 

 

4 Citywide trash service has been the center of much debate recently.  Do you support the idea?  Why or why not? 

… I oppose citywide trash service not only because it amounts to yet another secret $20,000.00 hidden tax raise, since the city will gain those trash revenues without honoring a vote of the people under the Hancock Amendment of the Missouri Constitution with regard to what amounts to a new city fee, plus, citywide trash service is a JOBS KILLER.  People who work for the companies that are wrongfully squeezed out will lose their jobs.  I also see municipalized trash service as a backdoor attempt to “take” the private sector’s PROPRIETARY RIGHTS value of a trash service’s customer list, business goodwill, and value of the company on the business-brokerage resale market…



5 Grain Valley has suffered from a decreasing tax base during the recession.  What would you support as a means to increase that revenue stream for the city?

… I would create a community corrections charitable trust organization where the board of trustees would be authorized to provide all municipal court-ordered remedial conduct classes, such as the traffic school classes, anger management classes, and drunk-driving classes, etc. for all persons convicted in the Grain Valley municipal court… The fees generated by this proposed trust are paid by the convicted offenders and those who are participating in any deferred adjudication, house arrest, or mandated community service programs… After all reasonable expenses are paid, the remaining profits would be transferred in-bulk as charitable trust distributions made to the sole beneficiary of the trust, the City of Grain Valley…