Wichita city leaders have promoted public investment in downtown Wichita as wise because it will increase the tax base. So what has happened to downtown’s tax base?
Wichita needs to be concerned why the city’s political and bureaucratic leadership is not “forthcoming and honest” with citizens regarding economic development results.
Once again, the Wichita Eagle editorial board misses the point regarding downtown Wichita development.
On the KAKE Television public affairs program “This Week in Kansas” the failure of the Wichita City Council, especially council member Pete Meitzner, to recognize the value of open records and open government is discussed.
The Wichita City Council, when presented with an opportunity to increase the ability of citizens to observe the workings of the government they pay for, decided against the cause of open government, preferring to keep the spending of taxpayer money a secret.
Wichita, if it wanted to, could provide greater transparency and access to open government.
The City of Wichita relies on a narrow and unreasonable interpretation of the Kansas Open Records Act to avoid letting citizens know how taxpayer money is spent.