April 2nd, 2013 Clay County Election: Liberty School Board and Kansas City Questions

Posted: March 30, 2013 in 2013 Elections
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It’s election time again!

Make sure you take a peek at the ballot before you go. You can download a copy by clicking this link: Clay County General Election Candidates.

Liberty School Board

Select two for 3 year term

For those that have read my blog for some time, you know that I have been a big fan of Scott Connor. Mr. Connor is one of the good guys who ran for office for the right reasons. I have always found him willing to listen to anybody of any political stripe. He is a principled conservative. I believe that his leadership is a great asset to the Liberty School Board, and he definitely deserves to be reelected.

M. Andrew Roffman appears to be a qualified candidate. I did some searching on the Missouri Ethics Commission website to see where he has been involved politically. I found an odd PAC that he donated to in October 2012. The name is hilarious (Conservatives for Professional Law Enforcement) and is typical Vic Hurlbert, et. al.  It appears to be something that was set up so “Republicans” like Vic Hurlbert and his pals could donate money to Bob Boydston’s campaign. A total of $4,271 given to the campaign was distributed to a printer called Almar Printing. I can’t prove that this was for Boydston, but the odds are good. A total of $200 was donated by Roffman in October of 2012. Also, he donated to Gov. Nixon in 2008.

Mr. Roffman does not have a campaign website, so the information is scarce. His interview with the Tribune and his performance at the candidates forum were both positive.

I was not impressed with either of the other two candidates at the board forum a while back.

Kansas City Questions

Question 1-Kansas City Health Tax

“Shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri be authorized to renew the current tax levy of 22 cents per $100.00 assessed valuation dedicated to ambulance services, emergency medical services, hospital and public health purposes for a period of nine years with the additional revenues to continue to be distributed as follows: the revenue derived from 3 ½ cents of the levy to ambulance services, the revenue derived from 3 ½ cents of the levy to non-for-profit  neighborhood health centers, and the revenue derived from 15 cents of the levy to Truman Medical Center?”

I will be voting no. The campaign fliers for this have been incredibly annoying and insulting. I’m tired of paying for people’s health care. There is another way to finance ambulances.

Question 2

Shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri be authorized to remove all existing exemptions from payment of the existing convention and tourism tax on transient guests, except the exemption held by the United States government, and to collect the existing tax of seven and one-half percent of the amount of sales or charges for all sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels, motels and tourist courts situated within the city, except for persons on United States government official business, in order to provide additional funds for the promotion of convention and visitor business and neighborhood tourism and support of city owned convention and entertainment facilities?

I will be voting yes. This weird exemption needs to go.

Question 3

“Shall the City of Kansas City adopt an ordinance proposed by a committee of petitioners to prohibit the City from entering into, facilitating or giving permission for any future contracts whereby the City directly financially involved in facilities that produce or procure components for, assemble, or refurbish nuclear weapons, except for outside infrastructure improvements customarily provided by cities and governmental services ordinarily provided to citizens, and also barring any future funding or subsidizing such facility through taxes, bonds, loans, tax credits, credit or any other financial scheme or mechanism?  The definition of such facility excludes providers of goods and services which were not produced for the purpose of nuclear weapons components production but which may be purchased by such a facility as a consumer.”

I will be voting no. Even the liberals get this is a bad idea.

  1. John Sanderford says:

    I appreciate your thoughts…seems like Scott has spent a lot of money.

  2. Hal Duston says:

    I disagree on KC Question 2, “a measure that would put an end to religious, government, educational and other nonprofits getting a tax exemption from the 7.5 percent convention and tourism tax applied to hotel use.”

    “Religious, government, educational and other nonprofits getting a tax exemption” is not “weird”. These types of organizations have a long history of being exempt from most types of taxes.

    • ClayCoMOPolitics says:

      Well, that’s a fair criticism of my statement. I still don’t think these groups should be exempt on a consumption tax.

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