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Former lawmaker, Brownback appointee square off in tax dispute
Changes to language on Olathe sales tax ballot issue may result in KOMA complaint
Former legislator Benjamin Hodge says he is contemplating a Kansas Open Meetings Act complaint against the Olathe City Council and Mayor Michael Copeland, who also works for the Department of Commerce and Department of Labor.
Hodge says the Olathe council changed the language of a recent sales tax ballot measure without properly informing the public.
“They only just oh-so-barely actually voted on the final language,” Hodge said. “They made those changes the night before.”
Hodge, whose Kansans for State & Local Reform PAC opposed the ballot measure, said council members added three words that broaden the possible uses for the new sales tax revenue during a work session that Hodge called “a quasi-legal public meeting nobody attended.”
Tim Dannenberg, a spokesman for Copeland, says the changes were minimal and everything was done on the up-and-up. He also released a statement from Copeland emphasizing that citizens will be able to track the new tax revenues and ensure that they are all going to their stated purpose of road improvements.
“I regret that anyone would believe the revenue generated by the street maintenance tax will go to anything other than street maintenance projects,” Copeland said. “That is absolutely not the case, and this has been made abundantly clear by the Olathe City Council. This process will be transparent. All sales tax revenue and projects where it is used will be easy for our residents to track, and an outside committee (is) being formed for additional review and reporting. We strongly encourage anyone interested in this issue to closely track where street maintenance tax revenue is being spent throughout the life of the tax.”
Gov. Sam Brownback last year appointed Copeland, who is a part-time mayor, to be deputy secretary of the Department of Labor after ousting secretary Karin Brownlee.
Cassie Sparks, a spokeswoman for the department, said via email that Copeland is now a full-time deputy secretary of work force services with the Department of Commerce but the labor department “is continuing to share some of Mr. Copeland’s services.”
Hodge is a conservative firebrand who served in the House in 2007 and 2008. He also spent four years as a trustee for Johnson County Community College from 2005 to 2009, during which time he asked the district attorney to investigate the board of trustees for possible KOMA violations when discussing budget issues behind closed doors.
Hodge’s latest KOMA beef involves the Olathe council changing one of the last lines of the road work ballot measure from “and such other work as necessary to maintain, repair and renew city streets” to “and such other work as necessary to maintain, repair, renew, upgrade and improve city streets.”
“The council just wanted it to be clearer, and it was a minor change,” Dannenberg said. “Certainly, in talking to legal, the interpretations had the same meaning.”
Dannenberg said some of the predictions that the money will be used for purposes other than road maintenance stem from fears of United Nations’ Agenda 21.
Ken Dunwoody, a blogger in Olathe, posted council member emails obtained through an open records request that he says showed the words “upgrade and improve” were added in order to appease the bicycling lobby by allowing tax revenue to be used to add bike paths to the road.
Dunwoody linked that effort to Agenda 21, a 20-year-old nonbinding sustainability resolution that, in some conservative circles, has sparked fears of private property usurpation.
“Agenda 21 (United Nations) is alive and well in your back yard,” Dunwoody posted online.
Hodge said his complaint has nothing to do with Agenda 21, but rather with the way the council changed the ballot language and its subsequent failure to inform the public of the change. He noted that the city’s website wasn’t updated with the new language until shortly before the election.
“In reality, almost nobody knew the correct language until they got a ballot in the mail,” Hodge said. “I honestly don’t think it was intentional immediately, but it’s hard to believe the city never knew the website was incorrect.”
Dannenberg said city officials “deeply regret the original language error.”
“Fortunately, only 88 unique viewers actually visited the page,” Dannenberg said via email. “There is not a way to tell if those viewers were Olathe voters, but I’m aware of at least one who is not. There were some 23,000 ballots cast, and the issue passed with 57 percent of the vote.”
Hodge said he doesn’t believe Dannenberg’s assertion that the city’s legal department deemed the ballot language changes insignificant. He said the passage of the ballot measure barely passes legal muster, given the changes, and the process in which the changes were made doesn’t follow the law.
“There still may be a KOMA case coming down the pike,” Hodge said.
Admittedly we are a few days early in providing this information, but with the next Olathe City Council Meeting scheduled in less than 24 hours to discuss their voter approved 30% tax increase, we feel compelled to share what we can prove as factual.
August 6, 2013 Olathe City Council publically discusses this proposed tax increase during a total of 5 min and 20 sec (we apologize for both the quality of video and audio, we work with and are thankful for what we can access):
The Agenda http://www.olatheks.org/Council/Agenda/2013-08-06 refers to item Sales+Tax+Election+for+Street+Preservation+CAI which states:
“Shall the City of Olathe, Kansas, pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 12-187, be authorized to levy a three-eighths of one percent (.375%) special purpose citywide retailers’ sales tax within the City of Olathe, Kansas; such additional tax, if approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon, to take effect on April 1, 2014, or as soon thereafter as permitted by law, and to end ten years after its commencement on March 31, 2024; the revenue from the additional tax to be used for the sole purpose of financing in whole or in part with any other funds, the cost of repairing, rebuilding and rehabilitating streets in the City of Olathe (the “Street Preservation Program”); such program shall include the repair, reconstruction and rehabilitation of street pavement, curb and gutters, sidewalks and such other work as is necessary to maintain, repair and renew city streets; and be in addition to the one and one-eighth percent (1.125%) citywide retailers’ sales tax currently levied within the City?”
Do you see anything about adding bike paths?
After the lawful vote, this approved Ordinance went to the JoCo Election Office 13-32
“Shall the City of Olathe Kansas, pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 12-187, be authorized to levy a three-eighths of one percent (.375%) special purpose citywide retailers’ sales tax within the City of Olathe, Kansas; such additional tax, if approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon, to take effect on April I, 2014, or as soon thereafter as permitted by law, and to end ten years after its commencement on March 31, 2024; the revenue from the additional tax be used for the sole purpose of financing, in whole or in part with any other funds, the cost of repairing, rebuilding, rehabilitating, upgrading and improving streets in the City of Olathe (the ”Street Maintenance Program”); such program shall include the repair, reconstruction and rehabilitation of street pavement, curb and gutters, sidewalks and such other work as is necessary to maintain, repair, renew, upgrade and improve city streets; and be in addition to the one and oneeighth percent (1.125.%) citywide retailers’ sales tax currently levied within the City?”
As previously posted http://nolathe.net/2013/11/09/truth-in-political-advertising-long-gone/ there are two different wordings.
Furthermore the City of Olathe website discribed the ballot as-
While the Johnson County Election Office described it as
Again, the change of two words makes a major difference.
NOlathe (NO back into Olathe equals NOlathe) has placed several Kansas Open Record Act (KORA) requests to discover the following from the City of Olathe. Resulting in many fact disclosures Dunwoody
We now know that during an unrecorded meeting August 5 (day before the vote) changes in the wording was discussed. We now know that pressure from Council members Vogt and Randall changed the language the day of August 6 to include “bike paths”.
We now know the actual Ordinance was not read in public view prior to the vote. We believe the Council members did in fact vote on an Ordinance that was not made public prior to, during but only after their vote. Fast foreward two months just prior to the Election. The City of Olathe put bike paths paid through increased taxes on the ballot without telling the electorate.
City of Olathe encouraged the electorate to go here:
One needs to look no further than: http://marc.org/About-MARC/General-Information/Board-of-Directors.aspx
MARC Transportation goals: http://marc.org/Transportation/Special-Projects/Regional-Initiatives/Complete-Streets
MARC Chair Marge Vogt: Olathe City Council
MARC Second Vice Chair Ed Peterson: JoCo Commissioner (running for JoCo Commision Chair 2014)
Some in the media say NOlathe wears a “tin hat”. You look, you decide please. Before it’s too late.
Agenda 21 (United Nations) is alive and well in your back yard.
This will be updated once The City of Olathe completes KORA requests yet unanswered and following The Councils Meeting scheduled Noverember 19, 2013 to discuss this topic.
Henpecked Acres One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
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This 4 minute video was taken in Austin, Texas. An over looked but major aspect of “VOTER I.D. LAWS” is that our elected legislators are issued a State provided photo identification card which authorizes and allows them to vote.
Kansas Speaker of the House Ray Merrick- Charley Morasch wants to know………………….
Speaker Merrick’s response will be posted here:
Henpecked Acres One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
If this substantial sales tax increase is truly for the people, why lie? ”If you like your streets, you can keep your streets. Period!“
http://www.jocoelection.org/ Actual wording on ballot.
http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Streets/StreetPreservation/VoterInformation What City of Olathe says on their web site.
This is more than an innocent mistake and more than maintaining existing streets.
This is about bike paths and sustainable streets.
Henpecked Acres One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
- “Samaranch was born into a wealthy family in Barcelona. He studied at the local Swiss School and at the German School of Barcelona. As a child, he was a keen roller hockey player. During the Spanish Civil War, he was conscripted into the Republican forces in 1938, at the age of 18, to serve as a medical orderly. However, he was politically opposed to the Republic, and escaped to France. He quickly returned to Nationalist Spain under Francisco Franco and enrolled in the Spanish fascist movement Falange.”
- “He had been the chef de mission of the Spanish team at a number of Olympic events, before he was appointed Government Secretary for Sports by Spanish Head of State Francisco Franco in 1967. He also became the president of the Spanish National Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He was vice-president of the IOC from 1974 to 1978.”
- “He was appointed Spanish ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia in 1977, immediately after the restoration of diplomatic relations between the countries: this post helped him to gain the support of the Soviet bloc countries in the election to the presidency of the IOC, held in Moscow in 1980.”
So what did fascist Juan do as President of the International Olympic Committee? IOC Sustainable
FOREWORD BY JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH,
PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL
The Centennial Olympic Congress, Congress of Unity, held in Paris in 1994 devoted part of its debates to sport and the environment, and its final document called, among other measures relating to the environment, for the inclusion in the Olympic Charter of a provision underlining the necessity of preserving the environment. It also called for the creation of an IOC Commission on Sport and the Environment. Subsequently, the Olympic Charter was amended in 1996 to include the following paragraph in Rule 2 (role of the IOC): ”(…) the IOC sees that the Olympic Games are held in conditions
which demonstrate a responsible concern for environmental issues and encourages the Olympic Movement to demonstrate a responsible concern for environmental issues, takes measures to reflect such concern in its activities and educates all those connected with the Olympic Movement as to the importance of sustainable development.”
Thus the promotion of sustainable development became one of the fundamental objectives of the Olympic Movement. This is totally in conformity with the goal of Olympism, which is to place everywhere sport at the service of the harmonious development of man. Indeed, thanks to the universality of sport and to the commitment of sportsmen and women throughout the world, the Olympic Movement has the ability to play an active part in the taking of
measures favouring sustainable development.
In Rio de Janeiro in 1992, at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), most of the world’s nations committed themselves to the pursuit of economic development in ways that would protect the Earth’s environment and non-renewable resources and adopted Agenda 21 as a global action plan to fulfil this commitment.
Following the invitation extended to all international, regional and local organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to prepare their own Agenda 21 based on the model adopted by UNCED, the Olympic Movement decided to prepare its Agenda 21.
This Agenda 21 was adopted by the IOC at its Session in June 1999 in Seoul and subsequently endorsed by the entire Olympic Movement at the Third World Conference on Sport and the Environment in Rio de Janeiro in October 1999. The “Rio Statement” made by this conference charts the course of action for the implementation of Agenda 21. A joint UNEP/IOC Working Group has been set-up and will have the task of piloting and following this implementation.
I invite all the members of the Olympic Movement, all sportsmen and women and bodies associated with sport, to comply with the recommendations of the present Agenda 21 to the best of their ability and with due respect for their cultures, traditions and beliefs. For its part, the IOC undertakes to use all its influence to achieve the objectives outlined in the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21.
Juan Antonio SAMARANCH
Marqués de Samaranch
Organizing For America is setting up paid training programs for Obama minions to support this new council. Below is an invitation to their training camp. You might want to see if there are OFA training camps set up in your area. OFA is heavily funded by Soros and Soros is heavily funding this climate change council. You can believe he will be pouring millions into taking away our property rights.
I cannot tell you how critical it is for us to be prepared to go into action. As I stated a couple of days ago with this new EO you are going to see Agenda 21 move forward at lightning speed. I have included the information about Organizing For America (George Soros funded) and also a copy of the EO.
Please share with everyone you know and do whatever you can to get Agenda 21 legislation passed in your state. Share this information with your state legislators. Work with your City Council and County Commissioner. STAY AWAY FROM FEDERAL GRANT MONEY. Talk with your Sheriff. Is he/she willing to stand up to the EPA should they start claiming land because of water that may be on that land. This President is dead serious. He owns our healthcare, he owns our children’s education now he wants control of our water, private property and food.
I found this link to be a great source of further information about the EO.
Obama’s new climate council to regulate economy
President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property.
“Common Core is just the “smoke” hiding the fire. After we clear the smoke we must put out the fire.” k. bracken
“The change we seek has always required great struggle and great sacrifice.” – Barack Hussein Obama
“The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.” – Ayn Rand