Kevin Walker 
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Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Mr. Randall, no city taxpayer is on the hook to repay that debt except those in the district.

Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/28/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Mr. Joseph is correct in some ways. But let me correct the tone of some of his comments. It is not a "guise" of user pay; it is the City's policy in its general fund and utilities and has been for 40 years. Also, most of the developers are "community" developers and recognize that it takes revenues to maintain the improvements that they develop and have actually supported most tax increase proposals for the public sector because it takes money to maintain those facilities.

It is not "undemocratic" since the tax structures are all disclosed at purchase and so consumers are making informed market decisions and therefore vote with their pocket book, Some of the improvements and activities that are funded by districts include park construction and maintenance and other city functions that the City is not paying for as they do in other parts of town.

So the resulting situation for a now middle aged city is different than the challenges faced in earlier times. Our infrastructure is aging, our development patterns affect costs of maintenance, some neighborhoods could use investment in infrastructure to improve their property values and future viability. Those are the challenges of today. Mr. Joseph outlines some of those challenges correctly.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/27/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

There is a fundamental misunderstanding by many on this issue. This is a tax ON THOSE PROPERTY OWNERS, not everyone in the City. Council is not giving away tax money, it is property owners agreeing to tax themselves. This does not cost a worker at Walmart or impact the cost of housing in the region or restrict young entrepreneur's opportunities. This taxing authority is contained only on those properties. And I might point out that Powers Blvd. and Constitution and Marksheffel and Woodmen Rd east of Powers were built to benefit the public with the same mechanism. It is for the public's fundamental infrastructure that the general public does not then have to build; as Councilwoman Gaebler points out, it is not for private buildings, homes or businesses.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/27/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Dispute in Council District 5 race over false campaign claims

Mr. Miller, Have to respond. Sarah Jack is indeed a political consultant . . . and a great person that gives her time and energy to making our community better. Sorry you took the next step down for local political discourse by calling names like this is some schoolyard taunt.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 03/22/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Avoiding disaster from the start

Can you imagine the conversation in that car that had them ending up splitting up . . . :)

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 01/16/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields headed for court, again

Agreed Joel. My apologies.

Posted by Kevin Walker on 11/08/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields headed for court, again

Did not forget, Mr. Miller. Mr. Cox was indeed the City Manager, interim or not. ad hominem statements about me are not really necessary. I admit to my part in this endeavor and make no excuses.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 11/07/2016 at 2:56 PM

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