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Legislation #: 980793 Introduction Date: 6/25/1998
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 7/9/1998
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER ZCLEAVER(OLD)
Title: Establishing the policy of the City regarding the extension of up to 100% tax abatement for a period not to exceed twenty-five years under Chapter 353, RSMo, for commercial projects located within certain areas of the City, including certain criteria for consideration in evaluating applications for up to 100% tax abatement.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
6/25/1998

Waive Charter Requirements City Council

7/1/1998

Be Adopted

6/25/1998

Referred Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee

7/2/1998

Assigned to Third Read Calendar

7/9/1998

Amended

7/9/1998

Adopted as Amended


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RESOLUTION NO. 980793, AS AMENDED

 

Establishing the policy of the City regarding the extension of up to 100% tax abatement for a period not to exceed twenty-five years under Chapter 353, RSMo, for commercial projects located within certain areas of the City, including certain criteria for consideration in evaluating applications for up to 100% tax abatement.

 

WHEREAS, Chapter 353, Revised Statutes of Missouri (RSMo), authorizes cities, including Kansas City, to approve development plans submitted by private redevelopment corporations and to grant such corporations the power of eminent domain and limited tax abatement; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 353.110, RSMo 1994, which specifically sets forth the nature of the tax abatement to be granted, permits the City Council to authorize 100% tax abatement on the value of the improvements located on the property not to exceed twenty-five (25) years and provides discretion to the Council in the determination of the requirement of payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) over the period of time in which a property receives 100% abatement on the improvements; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council previously expressed its desire and intent to provide as many economic incentives to economically depressed areas in order to bring jobs and economic growth to these areas, to eliminate poverty and unemployment and to eliminate the economic and social distress which exists within these areas; and

 

WHEREAS, through the adoption of Second Committee Substitute for Resolution No. 980273, As Amended (the Resolution), on March 26, 1998, the Council expressed its support for the concept of the extension of up to 100% tax abatement over a period not to exceed twenty-five years to commercial redevelopment projects located in certain economically depressed areas; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council directed the City Manager, through the adoption of the Resolution, to make recommendations concerning the areas of the City which should be eligible for this extension and including specific criteria to be used in evaluating requests for up to 100% abatement; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Council hereby expresses its intent to consider the granting of up to 100% tax abatement over a period not to exceed twenty-five years to commercial redevelopment projects located within certain geographic areas of the City which are identified on Exhibit A, Map and Description of Eligible Areas, attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference. As a part of the establishment of this policy, the Council hereby directs that the following criteria be used for consideration by all reviewing bodies, in addition to the requirements of Chapter 74, Code of Ordinances, in evaluating applications requesting up to 100% tax abatement for a period not to exceed twenty-five years:

 


ADDITIONAL REVIEW CRITERIA FOR 100% TAX ABATEMENT:

 

(a) Does the project show evidence of a plan to hire at least 30% of its employees from the Employment Draw Area as shown on Exhibit A? If not 30%, then what share of its employees does the project propose to hire from the Employment Draw Area?

 

(b) How many new jobs does the project propose to create?

 

(c) Is the project located in an area of appropriate land use, particularly in respect to residential land uses? Appropriate land use is defined in relation to current zoning districts and approved area of neighborhood land use plans.

 

(d) Does the project involve the relocation of a business currently located within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri? If yes, what are the reasons for the relocation?

 

(e) Will the project retain or enhance an historic district or structure? An historic district or structure is defined as a district or site designated in either the National Register or Kansas City Register of Historic Places.

 

(f) Will the project remediate conditions associated with a Brownfield? A Brownfield is defined as a property that is idle, vacant or underutilized, and where its reuse is complicated by real or perceived environmental problems.

 

(g) Has the project clearly demonstrated the necessity of economic assistance?

 

(h) Do the projects development costs meet or exceed the present value of the requested twenty-five year 100% tax abatement?

 

(i) What is the level of unemployment in the area where the project is to be located? Unemployment at the block group level will be examined and compared to the city wide level of unemployment, according to the 1990 Census.

 

(j) What is the level of poverty in the area where the project is to be located? Poverty at the block group level will be examined and compared to the city wide level of poverty, according to the 1990 Census.

 

(k) Does the project provide job training for residents of the Employment Draw Area either through linkage of the project to an established job-training program or through the provision of in-service training?

 

(l) What percent of the dollar value of sales or service are exports to customers or clients outside the Kansas City metropolitan area?

 

(m) Does the project propose to partner with the Kansas City, Missouri School District? (Examples: apprenticeships, volunteer program, provision of in-kind services, mentoring program, etc.)

 

(n) What specific recommendations or objectives in the FOCUS Kansas City Plan does the project propose to advance or meet?

 

(o) Does the project provide for the availability of adult or child day care?

 

Commercial redevelopment projects shall include, but not be limited to, office, warehouse and industrial projects. As a part of these economic incentives, the Council may determine that payments in lieu of taxes are not required in order to encourage the development of commercial projects to the eligible area.

 

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