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KCMO Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. responds the Raytown School District’s Position Paper

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Office of the Mayor
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr.

 January 4,2012

Dr. Allan Markley
Superintendent of Schools
6608 Raytown Rd
Raytown, Mo64135-526

Re: Winchester TIF Plan Proposal

Dr. Markley:

I have your letter of December 29, 2012 which is in response to mine of December 18. Your letter causes me to doubt my previous belief that, as a result of our December 10 meeting, we were attempting to negotiate a settlement of this matter.

I have perhaps misinterpreted your intent or misunderstood the tone and tenor of your position. If, on the other hand, “[t]he district is not willing to deviate from the above listed terms,” as your letter states, that is indeed unfortunate and problematic.

City officials and staff have worked over a period of months to address concerns the District has expressed, including reducing the cost and scope of the proposed project, eliminating any funding to private developers and providing a means to fund capital improvements for the District. Some give and take on the part of all parties is the essence of any negotiated settlement.

Your letter at least appears to set f0rth demands, ultimatums and threats which, if representative of your true and final position, make it difficult, at best, to advocate for a reasonable settlement. Under the circumstances, I am confused as to what we are trying accomplish. If we are trying to resolve this problem, I stand ready to work with you. If on the other hand, you are trying to direct policy, I will find it difficult to assist you.

It seems incredulous to me that we would be unable to negotiate in good faith without the need to resort to ultimatums and threats. Even the U.S. Congress was able to negotiate a resolution to the “fiscal cliff’ crisis with some eff0rt. I remain hopeful that we might do the same. If you are willing to work toward that goal, I am more than happy to do so. As a sign of our good faith, we have asked that the TIF Commission continue its consideration of the Winchester matter until February 2013.

Please advise how you would like to proceed.


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