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Thanks for taking the time to visit the site.  As Overland Park approaches 60 years old the actions taken in the next few years will have a lasting impact on the future of our city.  I feel this is an important time for the residents to voice their opinions, provide input, and help shape our future.

Be sure to visit the pages above to learn about the issues and myself.  Come back often or sign up for the news feed as it will be continuously updated with the latest information impacting Overland Park and the election.

You will also find a contact page where I highly encourage you to provide any feedback or ideas you have for city council or myself.  With your vote and residents input I know we can lead Overland Park forward without leaving the residents behind resulting in one of the greatest cities to live for everyone!



Sunday, July 28, 2019 12:00 AM

Declining Sales Tax Revenue Mystery

Kansas currently ranks #8 in the nation on the 2019 list of highest sales tax in the country at an average of 8.67%. Compare that to the fact that most large shopping districts in Overland Park are charging a sales tax north of 10% due to tax incentives given to the developers. Maybe there is no mystery at all. During an economic period where other states have increasing retail sales and revenue while Overland Park and Johnson County experience a decline the mystery may simply be in the numbers. Just how high does our current City Council feel they can raise sales tax until it effects the bottom line?

Let me know your thoughts.

Friday, July 19, 2019 3:35 PM

More on the Dark Story Theory and Why We Should Care

‘Dark Store Theory’ is a phrase coined by government officials, referring to setting commercial property values based on the building and land. Ironically, that’s the way big-box retailers have been valued all along. Now the county also wants to tax intangible value attributable to a lease in place and business value. In other words, Johnson County officials applied an ominous-sounding label to generally accepted appraisal practices to provide cover for what they were doing. They want residents to believe retailers are asking for special treatment with ‘tax reductions;’ in reality, those retailers are trying to hold county appraisers to existing law and appealing what they believe to be large, improper tax increases.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 2:02 PM

One Meeting, Two Standards, & an Uphill Battle for Ryan's Run Residents

In the recent Overland Park City Council Meeting there were a lot of discussions and opinions.  The biggest issues included passing the entire 2020 city budget on for a public hearing, a decision on an application by a resident to have 2-3 backyard chickens, & what to do about a developer plan to construct an R1 development.



Tuesday, July 9, 2019 1:55 PM

Overland Park City Council STAR Bond Round 2...

Many banks felt they were being creative prior to 2008.  Now Overland Park City Council considers itself "creative" as they perform a contortionist act to fit the Bluhawk project into a STAR bond qualification.  The Kansas City Star is reporting the following on the previous city council STAR Bond project Prairiefire....

Sunday, July 7, 2019 7:12 PM

Vice-Chair of the Overland Park Planning Commission States We Chose to Live Where Response Times are Slow

Politics by city officials against my challenge of the incumbent appear to be in full swing already. In response to our concern about Ward 6 response times the Planning Commission Vice-Chair and Rick Collins endorser Rob Krewson has called a concern for response times "fear politics". He has yet to address whether or not he is speaking for the incumbent while implying this is not a valid concern.

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