The Independence School District should not have to pay anything for the buildings being transferred from the Kansas City School District (4/30, Local, “KC-Indy talks come to naught; Compromise is elusive on school buildings affected by the district boundary change”).
Transferring the administrative responsibilities for some public schools is not comparable to selling an income-producing business. It is unreasonable (actually outrageous) for the KC district to demand payment for the five schools that were given them years ago from other districts that were incorporated into the KC district.
In addition, the value of the two buildings that were built by the KC district should be offset by the taxes that were paid by the citizens in the geographic area that is being transferred. Those citizens shouldn’t have to now buy back the buildings their taxes already paid for.
The Independence district is going to have a large enough financial burden just fixing up the buildings they are receiving.
M. Richard Troeh