Government
11:46 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Neighborhoods And Developers Weigh In On CIDs

A Kansas City council committee continued to hear from the public on plans to tighten rules on community improvement districts. 

CIDs are areas the city allows to impose additional taxes to be spent for neighborhood improvements. Kansas City has 33.

All citizens weighing in were representatives of neighborhoods or developers.

Marti Lee is the  executive director of the Southtown Council.  She tried to convince committee chair Ed Ford that there is already enough accountability from the neighborhoods themselves.

If I wasn't spending that money and they didn't see the stuff that I'm doing, you can't tell me that they wouldn't be out after us,” said Lee.

All who testified worried that the council would complicate the process until it chokes neighborhood progress.

Councilman Ed Ford put the plan on hold again, setting the next discussion for November 7th.