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Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ office says the city has struck a deal with the Raytown School District over a controversial development plan that affects the school system, even though it’s not school related.
In the deal, the city, county and the school district will share the $3.5 million in improvements to the Swope park area.
That includes a top-of-the-line soccer complex being supported in part by the professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City.
After the project is finished, Mayor James is promising to support dissolving the Winchester Tax Increment Financing (TIF).
The end of the TIF district would send about $3.8 million back to the school district and $4.5 million back to the city, according to a news release.
“We are pleased to have come to a consensus that protects not only Raytown School District patrons’ tax dollars, but also those of other taxing entities with the ending of…

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.


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