TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! INCREASED KANSAS CITY CAR FINES PAY FOR BROKE-ASS CITY HALL PROGRAMS!!!
Like it or not, here's a bit of documentation that demonstrates traffic law enforcement being used as a means of de facto tax collection and revenue generation in Kansas City.
To wit . . .
TAKE A LOOK AT UPCOMING CITY COUNCIL MOVES TO USED INCREASED AUTO FEES TO PAY FOR BROKE-ASS CITY HALL PROGRAMS!!!
Tragically, we've talked to a few politicos about this one and there's very little controversy about traffic crackdowns funding City Hall over spending.
First on the table and with a bit of help from the state . . .
Check more proposed "additional costs" on drivers who run afoul of traffic enforcement . . .
130682 - Amending Section 2-1464, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Additional costs,” by adding an additional surcharge of $7.00 for moving and general ordinance violations and $3.00 for non-moving violations to fund special mental health, drug, and veterans courts as authorized by state law.
And then . . .
Check what is basically red light cameras helping to pay for pizza and gym time for flash mobbers despite the fact it doesn't really keep Plaza streets safe . . .
130677 - Estimating revenue and appropriating funds in the amount of $430,000.00 to be used for court operations and youth programming; and expressing the intent of the Council to use revenue received from the increase in the non-moving violation fine schedule to help sustainably support the City’s court operations and youth programming.
A KC Insider says:
"This is a trend we started during the Funkhouser Administration that's continuing under the regime of Mayor Sly James. The sad thing is, it's a dead end. Any relief the City might feel thanks to more traffic fine revenue will quickly evaporate amid increased costs. Even the red light cameras have trouble paying their own way, which elicits a demand for more cameras which then, in turn costs more . . . It's a vicious cycle and neither the Mayor nor the City Manager want to admit the only way to get off this horrible ride is to scale back spending. That's never going to happen."
What's the lesson?
Obeying traffic law is always the best move not only because it helps EVERYBODY stay safe but also keeps City Hall rampant and misguided spending with a bit less cash.
Developing . . .