Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

TOTAL $2,000,000.00

(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 . . .

22 Comments:

Officer Standoffish said...

Beat the system. Drive safely!

Anonymous said...

Dont drive.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind paying tickets. I know their just looking out for my own good.

Anonymous said...

7:02 the KCPD gives all kinds of tickets that even the safest driver cannot avoid. Only those who look like they are can afford to pay are ticketed. Drive a junker and you will not be bothered. Drive a stolen car and the cops look the other direction.

Anonymous said...

Take the Toy Train. Support a Kansas City of the
future.

Anonymous said...

@702, truth.

Unfortunately, it does not play well with the conspiracy theorists that drive this blog.

Caleb Michael-Flies said...

It's like I told you fellas earlier, I never want to own a car.

Anonymous said...

Caleb, move to Mexico ! Reverse the trend.

Anonymous said...

8:13 AM...Now we heard from the Wear-Out Artist.

Take a break from yersef 8:13 and give e'rbody a break too.

Anonymous said...

If you stopped 100 cars anytime of the day in the inner city you would be lucky to find 50% licensed, 25% insured and would probably find about 5% stolen. But there are speed traps all over the nicer areas of town. Most of these speed traps are set where only a stoner would be driving at the speed limit.

Anonymous said...

I think some of the suburbs get carried away with traffic enforcement (ie Mission and Prairie Village) but I've got no problem with what KCPD is doing. In such a large spread out city there's all kinds of crazy driving with only a tiny fraction getting caught.
I would like to see the traffic units in more neighborhoods and areas where patrol coverage is scarce. Maybe more traffic enforcement on evenings and weekends.

Anonymous said...

@10:59 AM

WORD.

Laws of nature said...

Cars kill trees. KC Kills Cars.

Anonymous said...

Soooooo, KC cops wrote 11,000 fewer tickets this year than they did in 2011, and 3,500 fewer than in 2012, and there's reason to freak out about this why? Last year looks like an anomaly, that's all.

Nice try though.

Anonymous said...

12:29 what stats where you looking at?

Anonymous said...

And how many rich people do you think actually pay their tickets? They have access to attorneys to get them out or reduced. It ONCE AGAIN falls on the backs of the middle-class (or what passes for middle-class today) and the poor. FAIL!

KC Taxpayer said...

@12:29 learn how to read and then wake up.

KC is on pace to double 2011 volume. Stop being such a KCPD hack and put some of that surplus money into the east patrol debt.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm blind, but isn't there a table here that says average monthly ticket volume in FY 2011 was 26,272. Average monthly ticket volume in 2014 was 15,028. That's a difference of 11,000 per month.

How am I misreading that, Einstein?

Anonymous said...

You must be the "rocket surgeon",huh Einstein?

Anonymous said...

If you don't get a lawyer to beat the ticket, your insurance will double too.

Anonymous said...

I do not mind a raise in my taxes to help the City budget. What I do not mind is getting my arm broken for a seat belt violation. Turning into a police state, with no regard to the citizenry. When you fear the police it is already too bad.

Anonymous said...

Bottom Line: In this corrupt town even the city itself can buy off it's own police department.