The comments by Google at the meeting have been clarified in an email to the city concerning taxes and revenues. The following is from that email.
Upon clarification from our Google tax advisor, he provided the following details on the VSPF:
· Google pays the 5% VSPF only on our TV revenues (not internet), per our Video Service Provider franchise
· The VSPF only applies to premium TV Fiber customers, and the VSPF (in addition to applicable MO taxes) does show up on the premium TV Fiber customer’s bill. However, the 5% is assessed only on the $50 tv portion of the Premium TV customer monthly bill of $120. The customer is also responsible for paying applicable local sales tax
· We do not assess the VSPF for our Free or 1Gig-only Fiber customers (though the customer still has to pay sales tax per local tax laws, on top of any of our monthly fees)
· VSPF is also applied to Video on demand and premium TV channels (such as ESPN 3D), and the VSPF will also show up on the customer’s bill
The Board of Zoning Adjustment met last Thursday (April 25th, 2013) and the main topic of discussion was the proposed Wal-Mart to be located in the area North of 63rd Street commonly known as the Green Space. The meeting lasted well over 4 hours. This video is of the first round of public comments.
Checking for an agenda for the upcoming Zoning and Planing meeting revealed that the latest version is now “1G” and that there was a wealth of other information available. Normally I prefer to have information easily viewed in the center column, but in this case the information is so extensive, it would push every other story off the front page.
Here is the new version of the proposed store. Click on the image once to open a new window with a large version. Click on this larger version to see a huge version of the plan.
The Raytown community may get a Walmart grocery store in the green space. There will be a special meeting this Thursday, April 25 of the Planning and Zoning Commission at 7:00 p.m. at city hall and sources say that the Walmart store will be on the agenda. Below is a copy of correspondence concerning changes that have been requested on the planned store. There is also a image of the newest (to our knowledge) version of the plan,”Version 1F”. You can click on any of the images to get a larger version or you can click HERE to get all images in a PDF format.
Jason Curry the man behind Raytown’s tech company sCOMM donated a device that assists in communicating with the hearing impaired to the Raytown Police Dept. A device Jason Curry invented and manufactures, called the UbiDuo.
Raytown has lost some of the best BBQ in the area. Ritter’s has closed. There were rumors that they were relocating to the old Godfathers site, but that did not come about. We will miss their cheesy potatoes, their meaty baby back fries, a BBQ sauce that had a nice hint of some of the Mediterranean flavors and a hot version that had just a little snap to it.
I did not have time to sample the fare at Edible Creations yet, but the bakery/reasturant and the food looks fantastic. The only observable problem is that it is hard to notice from the street. It is almost in the NorthEast corner of the shopping center at 5200 Blue Ridge Blvd., just past Salon Monaco.
Buffalo Wild wings is long gone, but it looks like Burger King will be coming back soon. Burger King has a sign out asking people to apply for a job and they are rebuilding the damaged building. It actually looks like Burger King may be doing more than just repairs. Here are some photos that tell the story.
Police received a report that someone had called the Walmart store, in Raytown, and indicated that there was a bomb present. The call was received at about 4:48 P.M. on Friday (10/12/2012.) The store was evacuated of customers and employees, without incident. A search of the building was conducted by the Olathe Fire Department bomb and arson K-9. No suspicious items were found. The store resumed normal operations at approximately 7:00 P.M. No injuries or damage were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 474-TIPS (8477).
All three former Kicks 66 now have gasoline and are operating as GasMart USA. The other inventory is still being restocked. The shelves no longer look empty, but there was no hot dogs or breakfast sandwiches yet at the one on 350 Highway.
It has been two weeks since Gas Mart USA was reported to have taken over local Kicks 66 stations and promised gasoline for sale in 24 hours. There is still no gas. Visits to the station across from Raytown High School reveal a fairly well stocked store, but the station On Blue Ridge Blvd just South of 350 Highway reveal empty shelves.
Some rumors blame the delay on negotiations on the terms of the sale, while other rumors cite legal disputes as the reason for the delay. While it would be better to have official statements to report, all that seems to be available is rumors, which are not always reliable.
Aldi’s has a sign on their door indication they are hiring full and part time cashiers and full time shift managers. The location is the store at 350 Highway and Gregory. The time is 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Thursday and Friday the 20th and 21st of September.
Chipotle opened four days ago and Game Stop opened last Wednesday. Service in Chipotle looks brisk and the food looks great. Tell them you heard about it on RaytownOnline.com. It will not get you anything free, but it will make me happy.
A disagreement between Phillips 66 and Conoco Kicks 66 gas stations has resulted in the Kicks 66 station on Blue Ridge Blvd. being out of gasoline for weeks. Recently the station has become little more than a convenience store selling off existing inventory and has gone to cash only sales.
Gas Mart USA purchased the Conoco Kicks 66 Station and are expecting fuel to arrive in the next 24 hours. The signs should change to reflect the new owners in a short time. Employees are uncertain about their future, but one commented that they have been promised their vacation pay.
A recent CBS News Money Watch article lists the Save-a-lot in Raytown at 6250 Raytown Traffic-way as one of the stores the parent company is going to close. The effect on the city would be a reduction in sales tax while the property is empty, but the tax abatement would not continue if the store closes. The city and the school district will actually still be better off from the increased revenues from the property improvements. Hopefully the property owners have a tight lease, as they seem to be the only ones at great risk if the store closes.
The former site of the First Baptist Church has been sold for $650,000. The city bought the Church for $500,000 in 2000.
Congressman Cleaver helped obtain Federal money to demolish the building and safely deal with the expensive asbestos disposal costs in January of 2008.
The building was demolised in January of 2009.
Since the demolition, the site has become known as the Green Space.
The $150,000.00 does not really reflect a profit, since Raytown has been paying interest on a $500,000 loan for 12 years. The city could eventually see a significant increase of revenues from both property and sales taxes. At this point in time the buyer has paid $5,000 and has 270 days to finalize the deal. There are provisions for an extension, but the buyer would have to come up with more earnest money to obtain an extension. No tax breaks of any type are involved in this deal.