Economic development incentives have led to the construction of major projects in Kansas City, particularly downtown. But the use of these incentives is increasingly scrutinized, and a petition by people opposed to the abatements prompted BNIM to abandon its plan to turn this Crossroads building into its headquarters. Now another petition group wants to let the public vote on reforming those tools.
Economic development incentives have led to the construction of major projects in Kansas City, particularly downtown. But the use of these incentives is increasingly scrutinized, and a petition by people opposed to the abatements prompted BNIM to abandon its plan to turn this Crossroads building into its headquarters. Now another petition group wants to let the public vote on reforming those tools. File photo by John Sleezer jsleezer@kcstar.com
Economic development incentives have led to the construction of major projects in Kansas City, particularly downtown. But the use of these incentives is increasingly scrutinized, and a petition by people opposed to the abatements prompted BNIM to abandon its plan to turn this Crossroads building into its headquarters. Now another petition group wants to let the public vote on reforming those tools. File photo by John Sleezer jsleezer@kcstar.com

Kansas City education and political leaders want to discuss incentive reform; petitioners want to force a vote

July 28, 2016 06:28 PM