Thursday, January 17, 2013

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! TALKING KANSAS CITY'S FINANCIAL FUTURE @ THE PUBLIC LIBRARY TONIGHT!!!



Packed house at the Downtown Kansas City Public Library this evening for a talk about Kansas City's financial future.

Will update with some fun facts.

For now . . . Here's what we're hearing:

- 1/5th of all Kansas City taxes go to debt service.

- Fire and Police account for up to 69% of the general fund this budget says City Manager Troy Schulte.

- City Manager Troy Schulte says we're growing more dependent on the earnings tax.

- 6 Billion dollars worth of deferred maintenance in Kansas City - About 1/3rd for streets, sewers and other public works.



- Council Lady Jan is mostly dedicated to highlighting happy news . . .

- The crowd is kinda racist and they're clowning the Asian professor guy but he's (rightly) pointing out a lack of a long term vision.

- City Manager Troy touts the line that Kansas Border War strategy will implode: "Missouri needs to avoid trying to race to the bottom . . . In order to compete."

- Panel thinks "quality of life" will keep people in Kansas City. Obviously none of them live East of Troost or in any section of our urban core.

- Audience question time and the parade of silly speeches begins...

- GOP moocher white guy wants more tax breaks, Council Lady Jan calls the KCPS "broken" and talks about fixing it, getting requisite golf claps . . . But no details, obviously.

- Great question asks what is City Council is saying "No" to in terms of saving money???? Council Lady Jan says she says no to developers all the time but public doesn't see it.

- Restraint on TIF recently City Manager claims . . . City Now Spends $100 MILLION A YEAR!!! And just starting to decline.

- The crowd applauds for Citizens Association dude Dan Cofran, he asks: "How do we make this happen?"

- Council Lady Jan: "We have to work together."

Next panel on local control . . . Coming in April.

More photos . . .



A talk with the panel afterwards . . . We might have an EXCLUSIVE money quote tomorrow.

Local big wigs . . .



Kansas City Parks Board Member Allen Dillingham with University of Kansas Dr. Alfred Tat-Kei Ho talking about local cash or the lack thereof.

And then . . .



Citizens Association Prez Dan Cofran and longtime CA member Joanne Collins.

On the way to the car . . .



Councilman Jim Glover talks about the City's finances and seems to support the current City Manager model as the only practical way to make sure there is a long term financial plan.

And, on my way back home I was wondering if I was going to enjoy a $2 beer while finishing this post at John's Big Deck but decided against it because I need to save the spare change in my pocket . . . That decision probably speaks more to Kansas City's financial future than anything said at the forum this evening.

Walking into the cold Downtown Kansas City night I ran into a former Council Member and Mayoral Candidate who asked me what I thought about the discussion this evening . . . He said, "We've heard this all before . . . It's really a discussion of where we want to cut. Nobody wants to make those difficult decisions. And there's also an element of creativity involved. How can we address the budget in creative new ways that save money or bring in new revenue? I didn't hear anything new. Did you?"

I said I didn't we laughed for a half a second. He started to walk away and over his shoulder he said: "Keep writing." it was probably the most encouraging thing I had heard all night. I shouted his way: "Are you going to run for Mayor again?"

"Hell No!" He answered and ducked into his big American car as I turned the corner and walked back to Kansas City's Westside.

37 Comments:

Superdave said...

I pity you if you sit through that

Anonymous said...

The City Manager is that inarticulate? Uh oh...

chuck said...

RUKUS just gave Tony a big shout out.

Nancy Wilson said...

This site is kind of cool

Anonymous said...

You hit the taxpayer in the hat anywhere can. Every fodder unit!

I know this man Cofran said...

Any campaign launched by Dan Cofran will center upon protecting the rich and focusing on "basic city services" by redefining "basic city services" to ribbon cuttings.

They should be aggressively refinancing the debt to lock in historically low interest rates. But Dan will misconstrue that as "taking on more debt" because Dan is a fucking idiot. Cofran will then read allowed from 400,000 emails he has sent over since Christmas and then retire to www.sculptingyourfacialhair.com for a night of masturbatory fantasy.

Superdave said...

It's chuck

Anonymous said...

Will someone get chucks meds?

Anonymous said...

Fucking hell

Anonymous said...

It's Ruckus chuck. Not Rukus.

Anonymous said...

They could improve Ruckus if they would put duct tape on mouths.

Anonymous said...

What quality life? Dodging bullets is quality of life?

Anonymous said...

Not to mention bursting water lines, power outages, crumbling infrastructure, etc.

Anonymous said...

Tony? You're a damn liar.

The city budget is $1.314 billion. Of that $357.3 million goes to public safety (police and fire).

That comes to 27% of the budget Tony, NOT 69% like you falsely claim.

Typical wetback math.

chuck said...

Its Superdave and Lou.

Superdave said...

Lou?

Anonymous said...

Geeze, Dan has gained some serious weight.

Anonymous said...

Asshole.. it is 69% of pay outs to fire and police. 69 fucking percent. no bad math just bad council who cave to irrational demands.

Tony said...

8:39 - I didn't know City Manager Troy Schulte was a Latino? That's cool and was just quoting the numbers he said this evening.

Anonymous said...

If the City Manager is a Latino.

I'm moving.

Bwahahahahaahahahahahahaha!

spyke1 said...

69% of the general fund?
Wetback math?

Anonymous said...

Don't cut KCFD welfare for Christ's sake.

spyke1 said...

69% of the general fund?
Wetback math?

Anonymous said...

Where does the Citizens' Association operating funds come from?

Anonymous said...

They are a membership organization.

Anonymous said...

former Council Member and Mayoral Candidate

Name?

Anonymous said...

Tell Alvin Brooks to stop encouraging TKC!

Bwahahahahahahaahahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

"Tony? You're a damn liar.

The city budget is $1.314 billion. Of that $357.3 million goes to public safety (police and fire).

That comes to 27% of the budget Tony, NOT 69% like you falsely claim.

Typical wetback math."

Yes, 1.314B is the TOTAL budget which includes ENTERPRISE funds, water and aviation. The 69% in GENERAL FUND money. Don't you know how to read?

Anonymous said...

Alvin Brooks nailed it!

HEY! said...


The Burning Question Still Is:

WHERE'S THE $15,000???

Anonymous said...

The Burning Question Still Is:

Where is our evening BIG KNOCKERS!

Nancy Wilson said...

What is this 15k all about?

Anonymous said...

1/17/13, 9:34 PM

They raise corporate money now, rather than rely on dues.

Anonymous said...

Nancy - The $15K is the membership fee at this blog. You may submit payment to me within three business days and get a free keychain as a bonus.

Anonymous said...

I was there this evening. Tony is just quoting what Troy Schulte said, and that is 69% of the general fund goes to police and fire.

It came out of the City Managers mouth. I can attest 100%.

Anonymous said...

The Intertubes will fix it.

Anonymous said...

Well I think those two parks and rec guys have got an old school who cut the cheese where is the 15K beatdown look on their faces.