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  • scottzzz 5:23 pm on 2011-02-02 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arts, , GOB, TIF   

    What should be the city’s role in downtown revitalization? What would you do as mayor to further that view? 

    To keep the streets clean in the summer and clear in the winter. To respond to distress when called. To maintain and develop the community-owned infrastructure so important to the arts and commerce that the utopian, marketeering planners always trot out to decently cover tax-captured revenues being funneled into questionable projects with exorbitant price tags. Generally it is best to simply get out of the way.

  • scottzzz 3:44 pm on 2011-02-02 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arts, CID, ,   

    Under what circumstances do you think community improvement districts should be used in Wichita? What do you think of the council’s decision requiring a business to post a sign indicating it is taking part in a CID but not revealing how much the extra sales tax is? 

    Never. How about turning Wichita into tax haven, instead? Forcible “reinvestment” (redististribution) is exactly backwards. Develop tax-free zones where you want to draw commerce into. This idea does the opposite. How about a downtown tax to fill gaps in new state arts funding? We need a lot more debate before we just sign off on these schemes.

    • scott4mayor 4:41 pm on 2011-02-02 Permalink | Reply

      I hate 75 word limits. I’d like to hear any upsides to CID’s from any who support them.

      • TakeMyMayor--Please! 6:03 pm on 2011-02-02 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think most people know what they are, a hidden sales tax increase. The Council wouldn’t even agree to put that fact on the sign that’s supposed to ‘unhide’ this tax.

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