With a flourish, mayoral candidate Janice Ellis signed her name this morning to a poster-sized “Covenant with Kansas City.”
It’s all about four beliefs and five priorities and more than 100 specific policy actions intended to make Kansas City a “five-star rated city.”
“It is essential that we not succumb to the notion that Kansas City is still a big friendly cow town, great but just not ready for prime time,” the covenant states.
Despite all the specificity, the Ellis approach emphasizes study groups and advisory panels. She would, for example, establish a separate entity to set guidelines for the Tax Increment Financing Commission to follow but she has no position on the Briarcliff Super-TIF plan now dividing some of her opponents. She thinks parts of Clay Chastain’s light-rail plan might not be practical but she wants to assemble engineers to study it. She says attending to basic services is the “minimum performance requirement” for the next mayor but she won’t commit to setting aside a specific percentage of sales-tax revenue for deferred maintenance. She wants a performance review first.
Still, Ellis describes herself as a “pace setter” and not a “stand patter.”
“I’m not interested in studying things forever and a day,” she said.
For the full covenant go to jeforkc.com
Posted by Matt Campbell