Burns & McDonnell asks for tax break for new HQ

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A city engineering firm is one step closer to getting a tax break to build its new $130 million headquarters in Kansas City.

Burns & McDonnell says the expansion will bring at least 2,000 jobs to the area and asked the city for a tax increment financing plan to build its new location.

Critics argue the company doesn't need TIF to pay for the new facility or to add more jobs.

Both sides went before the planning and zoning committee this afternoon.

Pat Tuohey with The Show Me Institute wants the city to not give up taxpayer money so quickly.

"That is in Illinois for example, have found cities that don't use to actually develop more than cities that do use it. So it's likely not we're not helping ourselves, we're actually hurting ourselves," Tuohey said.

A Burns & McDonnell spokesperson released the following statement:

"We are not requesting all the incentives that were available to us. Our goal throughout this process was to achieve a package that will allow us to pay fair market value."

The plan will go to the full council for a vote. 

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