TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! GRASSROOTS PETITION CHALLENGING KANSAS CITY AMBULANCE SERVICE BILLING OUTSOURCING NOW CERTIFIED!!!
Kansas City voters have now proven successful in challenging a complex local healthcare policy issue that was rammed through despite objections from the community.
To wit . . .
GRASSROOTS PETITIONERS SUCCESSFULLY GATHERED ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO CHALLENGE KANSAS CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE BILLING SERVICE OUTSOURCING AND THEIR EFFORT WAS RECENTLY CERTIFIED BY THE CITY CLERK!!!
Again, this was a MAJOR SMACKDOWN to an effort championed by Mayor Sly James, Councilwoman Jan Marcason and a few others.
The petition to stop outsourcing of Kansas City Fire Department ambulance billing services resonated in Kansas City's urban core and among petitioners for many reasons but not limited to increased ambulance costs, loss of payment flexibility and privacy concerns.
Overall the petition effort was tremendously successful. This small group of volunteers gathered more than 10k petitions and in the end the number of valid signatures received was 8,078 which more than satisfied the 7,143 signature requirement.
Take a look . . .
Now what happens???
Mayor Sly and City Council are confronted with the prospect of either repealing the objectionable outsourcing ordinance OR putting it to a vote.
Expect a bit of debate on placement . . . However, City Charter language is pretty clear and a court order to put the Citizen Initiative petition on a more November ballot is already a tricky potential City Council ploy that organizers hope to thwart.
Kansas City Insiders say that the next proper vote date would be the City primary in April where there will undoubtedly be a hostile reception given the local interest in this matter and Council hopefuls might not want to speak on a subject that so negatively impacts locals and inspired so many to stand up and petition against.
Developing . . .