How neighborhood organizations and school districts can protect their interests when tax incentives are granted to spur economic development was discussed during the May 9th meeting of the South Kansas City Alliance (SKCA). Shown here are, from left, Phil Glynn, a former member of the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission; Stacey Johnson-Cosby, SKCA president; Ferdinand Niemann, IV, an attorney specializing in economic development; Steve Vockrodt, a business reporter for The Pitch; and Dr. Sharon Nibbelink, superintendent of the Center School District.
We have been presented with projects requesting tax incentives where developers and attorneys are asking for the support of the community. At our meeting we had the chance to ask the experts more about what’s behind these programs so that we can properly vet them! Here are the people that we heard from:
Tax Incentive Educational Panel:
Phil Glynn, Former TIF Commissioner, 6th District Resident
Steve Vockrodt from The Pitch newspaper who has done extensive reporting on the programs and projects
Ferdinand “Ferd” Niemann, former TIF Analyst for Jackson County, former Jackson County Assessor and now attorney with White Goss Law Firm