At Mission candidate forum, tax incentives, Gateway dominate discussion

Ward IV candidates Sollie Flora (standing) Bill Nichols and incumbent Suzie Gibbs (far right) were among the participants in Tuesday's forum.
Ward IV candidates Sollie Flora (standing) Bill Nichols and incumbent Suzie Gibbs (far right) were among the participants in Tuesday’s forum.

The candidates looking to help shape the future of Mission over the coming four years on Tuesday shared their views on development of downtown, the city’s use of tax incentives, and what they hope to see out of the Mission Gateway project.

At a forum hosted by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and the Shawnee Mission Post held at the Sylvester Powell, Jr., Community Center, governing body candidates in both contested and uncontested races discussed a range of issues facing the city, including whether the proposed multi-family housing proposals that have come before the council in recent months are a good fit for the Johnson Drive corridor.