Jackson County Sues Kansas City TIF Commission

Jackson County, Missouri sued the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission and the Mayor of Kansas City, alleging that the Commission broke a 1997 state law requiring Kansas City to seat an 11-member TIF Commission.  Kansas City never codified the law and while the Commission does have 11 members, only the 6 mayoral appointees have full voting rights.  The lawsuit alleges that the TIF Commission wrongly excludes Jackson County and certain other taxing jurisdictions from key votes and demands that each TIF Commission Member receive full voting rights on all TIF projects and amendments.

The Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission is an advisory body to the Kansas City Council and makes recommendations about TIF plans and projects.  The lawsuit requested a temporary restraining order against the TIF Commission, preventing the TIF Commission from holding meetings, hearings, voting on projects, or diverting any money from Jackson County into TIF projects, however Jackson County has withdrawn that request.  

In response to the lawsuit, on January 29, 2010 the Kansas City Council adopted an Ordinance giving all 11 members of the Kansas City TIF Commission full voting rights.   As a result, it is anticipated that Jackson County will withdraw the lawsuit.

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