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Letter to the Editor by Elisa Breitenbach

The (TIF) project for Blue Ridge Crossing East is a bad plan for the Raytown School District & the City of Independence. City Manager Robert Heacock & Councilman Eileen Weir are mistaken in supporting this plan.

    Dr. Allan Markley did the correct thing in voting against this plan. Raytown has 8,500 students, 63% of those students receive free lunch. Raytown cannot afford to publicly subsidize commercial enterprises. Let the free market determine business success or failure.

    Blue Ridge Crossings development south of 40 Highway owes the Raytown C-2 school district money via Kansas City government.

    Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a development tool whose time has come and gone and is an economic detriment to public schools, libraries, community colleges, mental health, disabled persons, the blind and others.

   Please Vote NO to this form of Socialism & Communism.  TIF should not be tolerated any longer.

 City council of Independence will be voting on this Monday April 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

Letter to the Editor by Elisa Breitenbach

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