Many players in a growing battle over a Kansas City development project showed up Tuesday at a meeting of the Tax Increment Financing Commission. Jennifer Wolfsie (far right), is a parent in Kansas City Public Schools and a leader of a citizens referendum to force a public vote on tax breaks sought to woo a new BNIM headquarters to 1640 Baltimore Ave. Jerry Riffel (front row, center) is the lawyer for developer Shirley Helzberg, who owns the building. And R. Crosby Kemper III (front row, left) is executive director of the Kansas City Public Library and a harsh critic of the TIF process.
Many players in a growing battle over a Kansas City development project showed up Tuesday at a meeting of the Tax Increment Financing Commission. Jennifer Wolfsie (far right), is a parent in Kansas City Public Schools and a leader of a citizens referendum to force a public vote on tax breaks sought to woo a new BNIM headquarters to 1640 Baltimore Ave. Jerry Riffel (front row, center) is the lawyer for developer Shirley Helzberg, who owns the building. And R. Crosby Kemper III (front row, left) is executive director of the Kansas City Public Library and a harsh critic of the TIF process. Jill Toyoshiba JTOYOSHIBA@KCSTAR.COM
Many players in a growing battle over a Kansas City development project showed up Tuesday at a meeting of the Tax Increment Financing Commission. Jennifer Wolfsie (far right), is a parent in Kansas City Public Schools and a leader of a citizens referendum to force a public vote on tax breaks sought to woo a new BNIM headquarters to 1640 Baltimore Ave. Jerry Riffel (front row, center) is the lawyer for developer Shirley Helzberg, who owns the building. And R. Crosby Kemper III (front row, left) is executive director of the Kansas City Public Library and a harsh critic of the TIF process. Jill Toyoshiba JTOYOSHIBA@KCSTAR.COM

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