Tags

, , , , ,

The struggle over a Kansas City Plaza office building for a law firm (or not) will evidently continue through a referendum process.

Council overrides Funkhouser veto, but referendum threat remains

Posted: 05/05/2011

By: Chris Hernandez

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Friends of the Plaza group says it has enough signatures to start a referendum process….

….Highwoods Properties, the owner of the Country Club Plaza, says it will launch a “Decline to Sign” campaign.

They’re already talking with a local political consultant.

“The referendum will be something we will fight. We think the people behind it should accept the decision of two separate city councils,” said Spencer Thomson, an attorney and spokesman for Highwoods.

The veto override allows the plaza project to move forward….

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

A111104 DECLINE TO SIGN COMMITTEE 5/15/2011

Husch Blackwell

4801 Main Street

Kansas City, MO 64112

5/14/2011

$25,000.00

[emphasis added]

Solidarity?

That’s a lot of bucks. But, we know from experience that city referendums can get really expensive.

CAMPAIGN Date Established: 5/10/2011

Date Terminated:

COMMITTEE: MECID: A111104

DECLINE TO SIGN COMMITTEE….

[emphasis added]

The committee filed its organization paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission on May 10, 2011, citing [pdf] their raison d’être under “Ballot Measure(s) Supported Or Opposed” as “Referendum on city ordinance” which would take place on November 8, 2011.