Mayor Bill Baird said he was ready for a City Council conversation analyzing the City's return on investment as related to funding its Public Service Agreements. The use of plural in that sentence is a little gratuitous. The reason why? Council member Bob Johnson wasted little time two weeks ago changing discussion over his motion to limit spending from the Business and Industry tax (which funds the Public Service Agreements with the Lee's Summit Economic Development Corporation, Lee's Summit Chamber, Downtown Lee's Summit and the City's branding & marketing efforts) to only its revenue for the year, without dipping into the fund's more than $400,000 reserve. What Johnson really wanted to talk about was whether or not the City should continue its agreement with Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, Inc., a not-for-profit established in 1989 to focus on the revitalization and economic development of the downtown business district.
The Council's discussion on this began two weeks ago, stretched into last week's work session and will likely continue into the next regular meeting on June 28. But it hasn't been contained to only the Council Chambers at City Hall. It has stretched into public conversation as well, and your Town Hall hosts decide to break down the conversation beyond one long-time council-member's well documented distaste for the City's financial relationship with downtown and offer look at what the City actually gets in return for what has essentially been $60,000 per year.
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