North Kansas City gives Cerner expansion stamp of approval - KCTV5

North Kansas City gives Cerner expansion stamp of approval

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Cerner expects to have that new building open in 2018. Cerner expects to have that new building open in 2018.
NORTH KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A new addition to the Cerner campus in North Kansas City got the stamp of approval from its city council Tuesday complete with millions of dollars in tax breaks to make it happen.

The city council unanimously supported the plan. No one in the audience spoke out against the project

The medical software company started here in North Kansas City, but since has expanded with satellite campuses in KCMO and KCK.

The plan approved tonight was for construction of a "demonstration center" on the campus, with millions in property tax abatements to make that happen.

A columnist took issue with such extensive tax breaks for an expansion that would add only six jobs, but city staff say new jobs were never part of the project's appeal.

"Cerner never pitched this to the city as being about job creation," said Sara Copeland, a spokeswoman for North Kansas City. "It was always about adding on to their campus."

That gives the city a sense of security that the existing 5,000 employees will be staying for years to come.

The tax abatement is 100 percent for 15 years, then 50 percent for the next 10 years. They are also hoping for some spillover spending from clients who come here for those demonstrations in that building.

A resident also pointed out that Cerner is not asking for abatements on personal property taxes, which it could have.

Cerner expects to have that new building open in 2018.

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