Dear friend of Platte County!
I hope you are having an enjoyable and healthy summer. In Platte County, fellow Commissioners Ron Schieber, John Elliott and I continue to work diligently on putting our financial ship back on course. Here are some highlights.:
The County’s healthcare costs are finally heading in the right direction. Hiring a new pro-active healthcare broker has helped immensely. If the year continues on this positive trend it will be a significant financial win.
This year we’ve focused on continuing to protect taxpayers by passing three new critical finance ordinances.:
1 - No more Certificates of Participation to finance the acquisition or renovation of real property by Platte County. This has been a loophole that allowed the County to bypass voters when buying buildings through lease-to-own deals.
2 - No more Industrial Development Chapter 100 bonds. This is a type of private business welfare. Chapter 100s allow counties to purchase or construct projects with bonds and to lease or sell the project back to a company, thereby avoiding tax liability at the expense of our schools, roads, parks, etc.
3 - No more Zona Rosa-type bond deals without a vote of the people. If you recall, County taxpayers were put on the hook to backstopping Zona’s infrastructure bonds by a 2 to 1 vote of a previous commission. Taxpayers had no say on this deal and now that Zona’s owners have refused to renew their letter of credit, taxpayers may be asked to make up any revenue shortfall to make future bond payments.
The purpose of these ordinances is to protect taxpayers. I strongly support free-market capitalism and believe that the best way of encouraging economic growth is to keep everyone in their respective lanes. That means getting government out of the way of taxpayers and business owners, and focusing on the critical needs of public safety and infrastructure. If our neighborhoods and families aren’t safe, then very little else matters.
Honored to serve you,
Commissioner, 1st District
Platte County, Missouri