Currently, two major Walmart stores operate in the Raytown area. One at 350 Hwy and another at Blue Ridge Crossings are benefiting from tax increment financing (TIF). This is a Missouri law that authorizes cities to confiscate voter approved taxes for private purposes. These taxes include property taxes and sales taxes. The two existing Walmart's enjoy public subsidies at the taxpayer's expense. Both are in the Raytown school district. In addition to sales taxes, these Walmart developments take property taxes from Kansas City, Raytown, the Raytown C-2 Public School District, the Mid-Continent Public Library system, the Metropolitan Community Colleges, Raytown Fire Protection District, Sheltered Workshops, Mental Health, and the Blind Pension Fund. Under, TIF, the public's interest is set aside for Walmart's private purposes. Whereas, We the People support a high quality of life for all Raytown Area persons and families, including public school children, community college students, library patrons, the disabled, the mentally ill and blind persons. Whereas, We the People, support strong public safety for individuals, families, neighborhoods, businesses and our schools. Whereas, the Walmart stores on East 40 Hwy and East 350 Hwy are both included in tax increment financing development sites. Said plans, known as TIF, divert voter approved taxes for private purposes, not for the public good. Whereas, the city government has quietly approved Resolution R-2544-12, approving the sale of publicly owned green space in downtown Raytown to JMC Realty- real estate agent for Walmart Neighborhood Markets. Such action is adverse to the public good. Therefore, We the people require the Raytown Board of Aldermen to rescind Resolution R-2544-12. And further more, to not approve any further Walmart stores in our area until existing Walmart TIF developments have either expired or are otherwise terminated.
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