Saturday, April 12, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT SURPRISES CITY HALL WITH MORE THAN $7 MILLION OF UNEXPECTED OVERTIME!!! BUSTED BUDGET SHORTFALL NOW TOPS $24 MILLION!!!



Promises of cuts, layoffs and belt tightening from the Kansas City Fire Department have been heretofore unfulfilled as the KCFD now burns through City Hall cash at record levels.

To wit . . .

THE MOST KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS TELL US THAT SURPRISE KCFD OVERTIME TOTALS MORE THAN $7 MILLION AS OF LATE!!! THIS PRICEY SUM PUSHES THE CURRENT CITY HALL BUDGET SHORTFALL OVER $24 MILLION!!!

Tragically, this burn rate is moving a lot quicker than the drastic decrease in local fires throughout the metro area.

Meanwhile . . . City Hall workers deal with the perma-hiring-freeze as KCFD refuses any layoffs.

The bigger picture here is simple . . .

THERE IS NO KANSAS CITY PENSION OR LABOR COMPROMISE @ CITY HALL AS KCFD NEW ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 1/3 OF RISING CITY HALL PENSION DEBT!!!

Don't worry, another ask is soon on the table . . . And yes, we know about the former fire dude running for Council in the Northland against Dick Davis because that's such a lively part of town.

Developing . . .

46 Comments:

Anonymous said...

New tax TKC. That is the real news.

Anonymous said...

Democrat greedy union slobs turning KC into that Democrat paradise- Detroit!!

the citizens there starving.. but the greedy union slobs living large of their 6 figure pensions

Anonymous said...

KCPD helped out and permanently laid off one asshole fireman.

Anonymous said...

Should have kept MAST.

Anonymous said...

Let the city burn, the banks are fire proof.

Anonymous said...

So if you want layoffs, then you have to hire more overtime. Less people to fill spots will have to be filled with overtime workers. Dumbasssssses!

Anonymous said...

Your "tipsters" are evaporating on an accelerated decline Tony.

What used to be a valuable outlet has been taken over by haters, trolls, bigots, and perv's.

We know.

If you ever want to reclaim access, you need to raise the level of discourse.

We will then start calling again.

Anonymous said...

10:39, that might be true, except KCFD never cut costs or laid anyone off. They continue to operate unchecked.

Anonymous said...

When kcfd overstaffs by 25% compared to every other city in the metro, you will have much higher costs.

Anonymous said...

Why do they always have to fuck shit up with that goddamn axe?! Even when totally unnecessary.

They chopped right thru the trunk pan of a70 camaro I was restoring ,in my garage and I already had the SMALL fire put out..it was an expensive setback for me ..and no I didn't call em.
Those guys and their fuckin axes!!

Anonymous said...

The buck stops with that idiot TROY SCHULTE. Time to fire his ass.

Troy said...

@12:07.

Shut up, grab ankle, and pay your earnings tax!

Anonymous said...

No problem.
The GOP Convention will pump billions into the local economy and millions of tax dollars into city hall and the streetcar will create such a surge of economic development on Linwood and Independence Avenue it will be hard to count the cash coming to the city because it will be arriving in such a torrent.
Sly has this all figured out. But just please don't drive through the Grandview Triangle.
Budget going further into deficit; Freedom Inc back in the KCPS system.
Might be time to take a look at a nice house in Prairie Village.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that there has been a restructuring within the department that resulted in several promotions and additional staff.

Anonymous said...

If I worked in an industry where 70% of my peers were volunteers, I'd be damned happy that I got anything at all let alone overtime pay.

Anonymous said...

I saw Mayor James on Fox News today. They showed a clip of him talking about the highway shootings. He was downplaying it as if it was just typical urban violence you see everywhere else.

Anonymous said...

Firemen used to "cook the books" when OT, days off, v days, etc. were kept on paper. Can that still be done with computerized timekeeping?

Anonymous said...

Ever try to put a fire out with a garden hose or a cop?

Anonymous said...

Ever call the fire department for a gas leak?

CH said...

So I guess the answer to all of this is to build a streetcar, right?

That seems to be the plan.

Anonymous said...

Exactly

Anonymous said...

Do you want response times that are fast enough or do you want no overtime? To put ambulances on the street when paramedics are on vacation or off sick you have to gill that seat by hiring overtime. If you don't then there's one less ambulance in the city. Its not rocket science! When they made the budget I think they were VERY low in estimating the cost of filling these empty seats

Anonymous said...

wonder if any of that overtime is like joco sheriffs and steve rose's column

Anonymous said...

And Louie Wright thinks he's getting on the Council? Ha! Dick Davis will crush him.

Anonymous said...

Ouch!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

@2:53 and 3:50. Yes. You fire guys are GODS. Be sure to pat yourself on your backs.

Anonymous said...

HAHA Vote 4 Louie!

Funk wins.

Anonymous said...

Just two questions:
Is Dick Davis still alive?
How can you tell?
What a dud!

Anonymous said...

This is quite similar to the story the other day from the Kansas side, concerning the JOCO Sheriff's Deputy who made $210,000 in overtime to game his retirement pay calculation.

When you're being paid with public taxes, and management is in collusion, many people will try to take advantage and rip-off the system. Nobody is watching, so take as much as you can.

KCMO Fire Dept. likes to play games with their scheduling, so lots of people get overtime on purpose. It's designed to boost pay, and it couldn't happen unless management approved it.

Anonymous said...

So what about adding a couple big extinguishers some hose and a tank to the streetcars. Staff up and just lay the tracks everywhere!

Byron Funkhouser said...

Good thing they all have jobs & aren't just feeding at the taxpayers trough. Don't forget: they are America's Heros, or at least until the next strike.

Louies ex gay cousin said...

wow when most people have the shits it passes, with kansas city and its fire department one must wonder how they could ever have enough toilet paper to ever wipe up the stank mess, but hey its the fire dept and the city government, I would say a diaper might do it but in reality it has to do with 1400 union members rushing in line to put tongue to ass, and apparently it controls the shits much better. who knew?

Anonymous said...

It's not just that KCFD is stealing money from tax payers...it's that they are aware and feel entitled to it. I will never support a KCFD initiative in this town.

Anonymous said...

Tony are you really this stupid? Excess overtime means there is a shortage of employees needed to operate day to day activties. So in one breath you bitch about overtime, and in the next you bash the dept for refusing to accept layoffs? Would do you think overtime would look like after layoffs? What you should be focused on is the number 7 million. Its the exact number the city cut from the department fund last year. Shortly after that cut, we saw yet another giveaway to Cordish for apartments to the tune of 7 million. We know you are still personally butthurt from the lawsuit of the Dept's past union president who is now retired. However I figured you'd be over it by now and focusing on why the city is cutting basic services in favor of corporate welfare, toy trains and a billion dollar airport nobody wants.

Anonymous said...

Ding ding ding!

Anonymous said...

The high OT is due to the need to fill for people calling I'm sick. Firefighters apparently call in sick a lot. They only work every 4th day - you would think they could get to work.

Anonymous said...

Everytime some anti-transit obssessive calls a streetcar a "toy train", this entire city looks dumber, more reactionary, and more ignorant.

Its one thing to object to the cost/benefit ratio of a given form of transit, but the argument that proven, useful, commonplace transit solutions hat have been in operation in the 1st world for centuries are "just toys" makes you seem unreasonable and reductive.

Anthony said...

Don't blame the union members. Blame the fuckhead who used to lead it, a snake who knows how close he can get to the line without doing something illegal. If ever questioned about things he was doing, he would squish the person like a bug. Blame management. KCFD is by far more top heavy with management than MAST ever was! Isn't there a chief, making $106k a year, just to deal with overtime? Doesn't sound like he is needed or else he isn't doing a very good job. Fucked up a good, nationally known EMS system and KC will never have that again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

But they said they could do it better and cheaper!

Anonymous said...

Is any of this overtime for EMTs and paramedics? Is the KCFD changing its classification of them?

Anonymous said...

You want to call for layoff when in reality you have no idea how much overtime is saving the city and taxpayers. First off the contract states that KCFD works for strait pay, not time and half not double time. Strait pay! Which is basically hi way robbery. Any city in the US would pay infinite overtime if they knew it was strait pay. Second by just filling overtime your not hiring any more personnel and not having the provide costly benefits and insurance saving thousands. Third new cadets make 12.00 an hour. Any company would be drooling over the fact that they could get away with as much overtime as they like by paying such a minimum. The city will keep paying as much overtime as they want it's a steal so why wouldn't they. They just better hope that when the next contract comes around they don't have to pay the normal time and half instead of screwing local 42 with strait pay. By the way if you want layoffs make sity council or let the public decide which station and companies they are going to close. Everyone is quick to call for hiring freezes and layoffs until the station and company in your neighborhood closes. Who cares anyway though if the station up the street closes it's not like you will ever have a fire or medical emergency and homeowners insurance sure won't raise your rates if their isn't a station in your radius haha

Anonymous said...

Funny things is, the ambulance that works in the stations don't get time and a half but the ones that work dynamic shifts do. I believe there is a lawsuit about the fact that people are working the same job and getting paid differently. Oh, yeah. FD tries to say the ones working in the station are fire suppression so they are exempt. If they are suppression, why do they not get to be in the FD pension instead of the city pension? Again, the retired leader of the union set all this shit up. Perhaps he will get knocked off another bar stool and get the shit beat out of him again and make all our lives better.

Anonymous said...

Lol @ "mast was nationally recognized"...maybe for malpractice suits.

Good try "sister", but you fucked up when you tweeted this link and commented within minutes of each other.

Anonymous said...

Time to downsize this union by forcing them to go from four firefighters per truck to three. They can't justify the extra 25% of staffing through an unbias source anyway. Plus, in terms of actual fires fought their performance sucks. Just ask the Garney family, or the folks from Westport Presbyterian, etc, etc, etc... the list goes on and on. The city needs to cut the union by 25% and demand pay for performance from KCFD.