community improvement districts

Courtesy Photo - Al Smith

There's been a lot of debate lately over proposed Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) — namely, over two luxury hotels who were approved to establish CID's so they could implement a special tax to pay for renovations. 

On Thursday, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced she will audit two of the state's biggest CIDs, both in the Kansas City area. 

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Plaza’s InterContinental would seek blight status from Kansas City so it could establish a special sales tax to help pay for hotel renovations.

During that city council meeting, Brett Ellison, general manager of the Marriott Country Club Plaza, issued a warning:

In Kansas City these days, the phrase “tax-increment financing” generates lively conversation. But a different type of economic development tool, called the “community improvement district,” is in broad use around the metro, even though a lot of people may not know anything about it.

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  • Kevin Collison writes about development for KCUR.
Kevin Collison for KCUR

Whenever you make a purchase at the Ward Parkway Center, say a pair of shoes or a dress, you pay the customary 8.35 percent Kansas City sales tax on every dollar you spend.

You also might enjoy the new renovations and upgrades that have made the 50-year-old shopping center a brighter, more attractive place. Take a little pride of ownership; after all, you helped pay for it.

Neighborhoods And Developers Weigh In On CIDs

Oct 25, 2012

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

Video frame courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

The Kansas City Council has been talking about tightening up on community improvement districts since this summer, but the talk goes on with no decision on what the policy will be.

A first look at the proposed budget for Johnson County shows no property tax increase.  Ameristar Casino is looking to raise the sales tax on its customers and use the money for improvements.  That and more news from KCUR.