Tag: Wichita city government

  • Wichita election watch parties

    There isn’t a whole lot of interest in today’s primary elections in Wichita. None of the school board races had enough candidates to require a primary. Two of the three city council races did, but probably the only district where’s there’s any doubt as to the outcome (at least as far as who will advance…

  • Wichita Eagle’s GWEDC board membership in perspective

    What is the role in public affairs of a newspaper like the Wichita Eagle? Can it wear more than one hat — making news as well as covering it? This is not a hypothetical question.

  • Articles of Interest

    Kansas Senate scraps higher fines for speeders along perilous roads (Jeanine Koranda, Wichita Eagle). In a defeat for Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, the Kansas senate decides to skip his plan for higher traffic fines along Wichita’s main east-west highway. Perhaps he’ll do better with entertainment zones. Upside-Down Economics (Michael Kinsley, Washington Post). In this column,…

  • Proposition K and TIF Districts Collide

    A recent story in the Wichita Eagle by Dion Lefler (Tax plan could leave city with TIF debt) illustrates the some of the problems that can happen with complex economic development efforts. The problem in this case lies in the interaction of Proposition K, an effort to reform property tax appraisals in Kansas, and tax…

  • In Wichita, let’s have economic development for all

    There’s probably little doubt that offering incentives to companies to move to Wichita results in some that do. And, as we’ve seen, some Wichita companies are adept at inciting rumors they might move or locate new facilities somewhere else in order to gain some advantage or incentive from local or state (or sometimes both) government.

  • Can Wichita government investment create jobs?

    Recently the president of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition wrote an op-ed that engaged in a large measure of self-congratulation, while at the same time asking for even more resources. (Vicki Pratt Gerbino: Invest in recruiting, preserving area jobs, February 15, 2009 Wichita Eagle) We need to examine whether activities of groups like the…

  • Wichita Center City TIF Missed Linkage Between “Unrelated” Developers

    A missed linkage between developers involved in a Wichita tax increment financing (TIF) project means progress should be stopped until all facts are known. In July, 2007, the City of Wichita considered a development plan (the Center City South Redevelopment District) for a tax increment financing (TIF) district in downtown Wichita. The beneficiary of the…

  • Wichita Residential Property Tax Relief Requested

    Following are remarks that Wichita businessman Craig Gabel delivered to the February 10, 2009 meeting of the Wichita city council. I think Gabel’s idea has some merit. One thing I don’t quite understand is his proposal for “a credit on each residential property owners’ tax statement.” I will ask him for clarification as to how…

  • Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita Asks Candidates a few Questions

    Note to raders: I made an error in the original article when I relied on a source’s representation that these questions came from the YMCA. They are actually from the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita. The YMCA is just one of several dozen members of this group. Here are the questions asked of candidates:…