Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Independence Taxpayers Take "The Falls" For Underdeveloped Bass Pro Center
Last week- Bass Pro- the Springfield MO-based outdoor sports retailer- bit the proverbial hand that fed them.
Bass Pro won a lawsuit against the City of Independence MO... to the tune of near one-half million dollars.
You see- city leaders made all these pie-in-the-sky promises to Bass Pro to be the anchor of that shopping area known as "The Falls at Crackerneck Creek" that was built in the southwest quadrant of the busy I-70 and I-470/M-291 interchange.
According to the KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL- those pie-in-the-sky promises cost Independence taxpayers $3.5-million in bond payments for the underdeveloped shopping area last year- and promises to cost at least that amount this year.
That would be $7.5-million gone (including the Bass Pro legal judgement) from Independence coffers in just two years- JUST for bond payments to ONE city-backed shopping center.
Independence city leaders are floating a sales tax increase this year for "law enforcement.
$7.5-million would have paid for A BUNCH of cops- but that's okay Independence voters/taxpayers.
Like Raytown and their WalMart sweetheart deal- and Kansas City MO with their huge subsidy of the Power and Light district- the new cops you hire with a higher sales tax voters will be scared-into approving will have plenty of pretty places to shop- drink and eat (one even IN your city)....