TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CITY HALL STAYS WINNING WITH $2 MILLION INCREASE IN REVENUE THANKS TO MORE KANSAS CITY TRAFFIC TICKETS!!!
Kansas City authorities and politicos often stress that traffic citations are about public safety and not generating revenue.
However, the fact remains . . .
CITY HALL STAYS WINNING AS WITH $2 MILLION IN EXTRA REVENUE THANKS TO SO MANY KANSAS CITY TRAFFIC TICKETS!!!
Here's an ordinance that speaks to this fact, pointed out because KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDERS believe that people have the right to know . . .
Ordinance #140487: Estimating revenue and appropriating funds in the amount of $2,000,000.00 in the General Fund; transferring and appropriating funds to the Police Department; and designating requisitioning authorities.
Now, a few very noble but obligated Kansas City media people had to go out and say that the reason for more tickets was because of more cars on the streets. But look at the FACT SHEET and realize that the SPIKE IN KANSAS CITY TICKET WRITING HAS ONLY BEEN OVER THE PAST YEAR and certainly there hasn't been a significant uptick in cars on the road during that time.
Here's more FUN from the fact sheet . . .
Reason for Legislation
"This ordinance estimates and appropriates revenue in the amount of $2,000,000 from municipal court fines . Specifically, tithe appropriation allocates $1,615,000 to the Police Department and $385,000 for contract officer security expenses."
"The sum of $2,000,000.00 is hereby appropriated from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the General Fund to the following accounts:"
KCMBU–15-1000–272260–A Court Security $385,000.00
KCMBU–15-1000–129996–X Transfer to KCPDU 1,615,000.00
(The KCPD is getting a requisitioning authority for this cash and the ordinance says it'll be alotted betwixt all of the metro divisions)
Even more detail that breaks down the trend noted in other media but not detailed with these stats:
"The increase in fine revenue estimates is in response to an increase in the number of citations issued by the Kansas City Police Department. For fiscal year ending April 30, 2014, the monthly average of traffic citations issued has increased by 14% from the prior fiscal year."
"The increase is notable in the interest of public safety and would reflect a larger increase had the red light camera program not been suspended."
Here's a money line and stats . . . This year's Kansas City endured a 22% in traffic citations . . . It would have been worse if the Red Light Cameras weren't illegal.
"Excluding red light camera program, the average volume of monthly traffic ticket citations issued by the Kansas City Police Department has increased 22%. Below is a side by side comparison of traffic citations issued by month for the most recent two fiscal years, per court record, excluding red light camera."
And so, this trend is about more than just a local springtime traffic ticket spike . . . The long term implications are clear and don't necessarily jibe with public safety protestations but certainly trend with Kansas City's weakening financial position and desperate search for more toy train streetcar cash.
Developing . . .