KANSAS – East Side Sales Tax Chair Resigns Amid Conflicts Of Interest, Delays And Millions Unspent

The chairman of the commission overseeing Kansas City’s struggling East Side sales tax has resigned.

Herb Hardwick, an attorney, notified Mayor Quinton Lucas of his resignation in a letter dated Friday. The decision comes after questions were raised last week about potential conflicts of interest involving Hardwick’s law firm and several agencies that were recommended for funding from the tax.

Hardwick made the right decision. “I don’t want the commission viewed in a negative light for any reason,” he told The Star Editorial Board Saturday. “I don’t want it marred.”

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september 1, 2019