Last-minute deceitful ad on KC questions
The Kansas City Star
Consider the source: A nameless person/group has sent out a flier that contains inaccurate information on Kansas City’s Question 1 and 2.
The flier essentially says people can’t afford more taxes and more debt.
The ad contains no person to blame for the inaccurate information, but here goes:
- The flier says The Kansas City Star “urged a ‘no’ vote” on both Questions 1 and 2.
The Star does oppose Question 1, which would raise taxes by $23 million a year.
But the paper has endorsed Question 2, which would allow the city to issue $500 million in revenue bonds for sewer improvements.
Sewer rates will go up, no matter how people vote on Question 2. But they will go up more slowly with a “yes” vote.
- The flier says The Star Sunday editorial on July 29 called the proposed tax increase in Question 1 “misleading” and “deceitful,” along with “The wrong plan at the wrong time.”
The “wrong plan, wrong time” was indeed the headline on that editorial.
But the harsher words of misleading and deceitful were aimed at the early ad campaign being waged on behalf of Question 1 by supporters, and were written by me in blog posts, not posted in Star editorials.
Keeping the same standards, I have to say that the nameless person/group in charge of printing this flier also engaged in misleading and deceitful actions.