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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 12:29 AM

TODAY IS THE DAY OUR COUNCIL MUST LISTEN!

Overland Park City Council including my opponent Ward 6 Councilman Rick Collins has refused to pass a proposal to allow residents to speak at council meetings. Well, today is the day he must listen. LET'S SPEAK LOUD, CLEAR, AND IN FORCE and elect SCOTT HAMBLIN!

I promise to immediately vote to pass policy allowing you to voice your opinion to the council.

I also promise to work WITH residents instead of against them. I will listen to what you want, need, and desire then act for us. Lets lose the status quo of thinking the council knows what is best for you. This has gone on way too long. Our Ward 6 council member can no longer continue to vote AGAINST his own constituents! He can no longer "consider" issues then suprise vote against you like a true politician.

Just in the recent past Rick Collins has fought against his constituents in almost every location. You know who you are,

-Ryans Run - The Wilderness - Morse Village - Arbor View - Wolf Valley - The Executive Estates at 175th & Antioch, and many more.

If you have not yet had him use his "experience" as a career politician to tell you whats best for you, consider yourself lucky and avoid being next!

The next four years are critical and we need someone to stand up for us, the residents of Ward 6. Someone to listen and act on our behalf, not on a lobbyists behalf lowering the quality of your neighborhoods and place we call home. Let's take control back from a career politician and give it back to the residents!

VOTE SCOTT HAMBLIN TODAY!

  


Monday, November 4, 2019 9:35 AM

TAX INCENTIVE LISTS

TAX INCENTIVE LISTS -

Notice the well known restaurant. We've all been there and witnessed how empty and blighted the place is. How could they ever survive without 5 million of your dollars? (All sarcasm if you didn't catch that). How does that sit in your stomach (no pun intended)

I've been asked many times for "proof" of the giveaways or just documents showing they are actually doing it. Here are a couple to help give you some numbers. Keeping in mind, these are a little dated and well before BluHawk and other incentives in progress. Then of course there is the $200 million that will go to Brookridge if my opponent and a few others remain in office.

I usually quote around $500 million of your tax money has been given away by this council as that is the latest round number I've been provided. However, even as this shows well above $500 million BluHawk hasn't even hit the list. Brookridge is also attempting to get pushed thru before any seats change and lobbyists still hold your checkbook. By that time we would be looking at $1 Billion and rapidly climbing with no end in sight.

WE MUST TAKE BACK THE CHECKBOOK THIS TUESDAY!


Monday, October 28, 2019 5:51 PM

SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION FOR HOMEOWNERS!

IF YOU OWN A HOME YOU NOW HAVE A GREAT REASON TO VOTE!

               


Monday, October 28, 2019 5:45 PM

ADVANCE VOTE NOW!

                  

YOU MAY ADVANCE VOTE IN PERSON NOW!

The City of Overland Park and developers currently have their eyes set on Ward 6. Over the next four years they will be attempting to commercialize every open inch. Our vote as residents is extremely important this election. Status quo tells us that we will not have any say in what and when development happens. As too many of us are aware, we would be considered lucky to even know what is being built. This election may be the only way we have any control over what the area we call home is four years from now. We must show up at the polls.

- We need a resident free of influence to represent US and not a heavily influenced professional politician representing
commercial interests.

- I promise to fight with you for what we need and what we deserve.

- I promise to vote NO and represent the residents interests on what we do not want.

- I promise the end the all too common surprise developments that are shovel ready before you even know about the plan.  This information needs to be distributed well before the required public meeting where they pretend to take your input on an all but completed development.

-Scott

View your sample ballot here...https://voter.jocoelection.org/


Monday, October 28, 2019 5:42 PM

10 REASONS OVERLAND PARK NEEDS YOUR VOTE!

10 SIMPLE YET SIGNIFICANT REASONS OVERLAND PARK NEEDS YOUR VOTE NOV 5TH!

-$500 Million in tax incentive giveaways in the last 5 years

-$147 Million proposed for Brookridge that the developer wants approved before the end of the year in the event the public hopefully ends the giveaways this Nov 5th. The new council would still have ways to stop it next year so your vote is critical!

-Overland Park is currently operating on our reserve funds due to giving away revenue and simple reckless spending. This leave us extremely at risk in the event of a recession.

-Sales tax exceeds 10% in many areas of the city due to more developer giveaways by allowing them to keep portions of the sales tax.

-With current spending levels, my opponents has said he can see no other choice but to ask the residents to increase their own mill levy as soon as 2020. Simply to pay for their own mismanagement.

-We MUST allow residents to speak at council meeting and let their voice be heard. If this council was going to do that, there wouldn't be excuses, it would already be done.

-We must return to a council free of political influence by both lobbyists and other politicians.

-Road maintenance continues to fall behind and to complicate this matter the 1/8 sales tax that funds roads is set to expire this next term. How much are they going to ask for this time after letting developers push sales tax to almost 12% in some areas? More Chip Seal? Is that what we want?

-Our Police force is significantly understaffed and this council has kicked that can down the road for years. This can not continue. Response times in Ward 6 have been reported as high as 15 minutes due to times of "blackouts" where not one single officer is available for the call. -

Last but not least, OUR CURRENT LEADERSHIP* DOES NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE THESE ISSUES. THEY CAN'T SOLVE PROBLEMS THEY DON'T SEE! Listen to them campaign. They have zero plans to address any of these issues. According to them they have made everything perfect and continue to press on with ForwardOP, which includes plans such as a $350 million dollar "green" city hall. I am all for FowardOP, however, I am also all for owning a Ferrari on a government salary....

CANDIDATES THAT ARE INFLUENCE FREE AND STAND FOR RESPONSIBLE SPENDING OF YOUR TAX MONEY...

WARD 1 - HOLLY GRUMMERT

WARD 2 - ROGER TARBUTTON

WARD 3 - STEPHAN GLETZER

WARD 4 - DAN OSMAN

WARD 5 - DR. FARIS FARASSATI (INCUMBENT)*

WARD 6 - SCOTT HAMBLIN


Monday, September 23, 2019 11:27 AM

Overland Park Ward 6 Candidate Interview

Read one of many interview that are beginning to be published.  As the election gets closer, more and more interviews are being conducted different organizations.  Many will appear in print and a few even in video.

You can read this interview conducted by the KLC Journal that will also appear in print version.  

These interviews will begin to better contrast the candidates and their views, as well as their enthusiasm for action or lack thereof. 

I also encourage everyone to visit a both candidates websites, make the choice that best suits you, and vote in this important election for the future of Overland Park

                


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:36 AM

Let Me Know How You Feel About The Issue of Affordable Housing in Overland Park Ward 6

As the campaign season ramps up many issues are taking center stage. Currently the business community is asking what the city and its leadership plan to do to make housing more affordable for their employees.

LET ME KNOW YOUR OPINION THRU THIS QUICK POLL!

Click the title to go directly to the poll


Sunday, September 15, 2019 11:37 AM

Videos Every Voter Should Watch!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Videos can provide even more insight.

Here is a page with many video to give you an inside look into this the campaign trail this fall

Please take the time to visit this page.

           


Wednesday, September 4, 2019 10:38 PM

Special Interest Speaks Loud and Shows Which Candidates Can't Be Bought.

THE FACTS ARE IN! Special Interest shows us which Overland Park City Council Candidates will give them your tax money and which candidates can't be bought. Ward 6 is on the FOR SALE list.


"People should be aware that development interests have some dollars sunk into the city races, he said. “The money usually talks,” Glentzer said. “Is he (opponent Carignan) going to turn a blind eye to the fact that he took all this money from them and then he’s going to start voting against them? Common sense would probably say no.”


THESE CANDIDATES PROVE THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE:
WARD 1 - HOLLY GRUMMERT
WARD 2 - ROGER TARBUTTON
WARD 3 - STEPHAN GLETZER
WARD 4 - DAN OSMAN
WARD 5 - FARIS FARASSATI
WARD 6 - SCOTT HAMBLIN


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

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, & A Simple Example of Special Interest

It is time to stop believing the current politicians with their claim that the only thing Overland Park has to offer is them.

According to the majority of members on the current Overland Park City Council.   Overland Park has nothing to offer business other then their tax handouts.

It is time to start believing in our city, our schools, and our people as a reason to attract and retain business.

 

             

PHOTO: CityPlace building.  New building that received 30 million in economic development revenue bonds.  Developer represented by Polsinelli, campaign contributor to Rick Collins and many other sitting councilmembers.

 

 

 


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.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:26 AM

Let the Residents Speak!

Many of the surrounding cities allow an open forum for residents to address their concerns with city council.  It's time for Overland Park to engage with residents and allow them to speak at City Council Meetings.


Monday, June 17, 2019 6:45 PM

The Dangers of Online Sales Tax & Future Reliance

Rarely does a committee meeting take place without current leadership addressing the importance of lobbying the state for online sales tax and their reliance on it for future budgets.  Read here the dangers associated with this discussion...                   


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