Sunday, November 06, 2016

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY WATER DEPARTMENT AUDIT PETITION EFFORT MAKES SUNDAY SPLASH!!!



Right now our blog community features TKC FIRST NEWS of a game changer for basic services in Kansas City.

KANSAS CITY GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS LAUNCH AN EFFORT TO AUDIT THE WATER DEPARTMENT!!!

This one is a long time coming and statements today explain the need for this local effort to watchdog City Hall services currently under EPA mandate for at least 5 BILLION DOLLARS worth of mandated improvements that aren't happening.

This effort will have a year to collect 10,497 verified signatures.

Check more info now . .

Here's their statement:

AuditKC is a grass roots effort aimed at correcting the mismanagement of Kansas City’s Water Services Department (“KCWater”). The Missouri State Auditor offered to audit KCWater in 2013 only to be rebuffed by Mayor Sly James and the City Council. However, the citizens of Kansas City have the power to call for such an audit by way of petitioning the State Auditor. For more details on how petition audits work in Missouri, click here.

Once enough signatures have been collected and submitted to the State Auditor, the Auditor will put out a press release announcing the audit and calling for public comment. At that time, Kansas City residents will have an opportunity to share their concerns with the State Auditor and, potentially, have their concerns investigated as part of the audit.

Here's an EXCLUSIVE bit of background and insight from organizers which include local Libertarian activist and Missouri State Treasurer candidate Sean O’Toole . . .

"I began my own quiet investigation six years ago when a friend in a position of inside knowledge stated matter-of-factly that routine maintenance of Water infrastructure had ceased roughly forty years prior. Not willing to believe my friend at face value even though he was in a position to know the absolute facts of the matter, I informally queried others at Water and amongst the engineering/consulting community that services the outside needs of the Department. Over time, my friend’s comment was corroborated.

"In 2013, State Auditor Tom Schweich offered the City of Kansas City an audit of the Water Department as his office had logged several complaints from ratepayers in Kansas City. Mayor Sly James and the City Council rejected the offer saying, at the time, that the Department was under new management and that a Chicago-based consulting firm had been retained to assist the Department in addressing ratepayers’ concerns. The Chicago-based consulting firm was granted a $12 million, no-bid contract.

"In the three years since the Auditor’s efforts to audit the Water Department were rebuffed, Kansas Citians have seen continued rate hikes along with the usual over-billings and poor service. Hardly a week goes by in which the water at my 107 year old Kansas City home doesn’t slow to a trickle with the lines filling with air. Recently, efforts to put out a fire at a prominent Kansas City landmark were slowed by a lack of water pressure at the nearest hydrant. Parts of the city suffer from third-world conditions of their water infrastructure while ratepayers are billed at rates that are closer to those in the water-starved southwest than other cities located on the banks of the nation’s largest waterway."

"For those wishing to sign the petition, learn more about our efforts or volunteer to collect signatures, contact us at (816)343-8557, info@auditkc.org or http://auditkc.com 
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28 Comments:

Anonymous said...

It's about time.

Anonymous said...

Sly James had no business rejecting the audit. That was just another example of local corruption.

Bravo to the people starting this petition. We need to hold our elected officials and city hall accountable for the conditions of our city.

This is a good start.

Freeze Frame said...

A good call.

But I think this might interrupt nap time for a lot of city employees.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Vernon Scoville used to be a judge?

Why did he leave that 6 figure job for a lower paying no-bid contract "position" at the sheriff's office?

And why did he "leave" that gig for an even lower paying part time gig in Blue Springs?

Hmmmmm.....

Bob said...

3:21, retirement? I recall that he had a nasty auto (or maybe motorcycle) accident a few years ago. Lingering effects from that may have persuaded him to take it easy from now on.

Or is there some innuendo to your question that I don't see?

Hyperblogal said...

I'll sign. Maybe we can find out what the City got for the $12-million we spent with a Chicago firm to "fix" things in Water Services.

Anonymous said...

Will absolutely sign this.

Agree that it's about time that we start holding our elected officials accountable.

Anonymous said...

The Democrats controlling city hall should not object if residents not residing in Kansas city signed the petition since Democrats are not the most honorable politicians.

Anonymous said...

an audit is needed.

Anonymous said...

Bob, not sue what 3:21 is asking but every position Scoville has left has been under the cloud of sexual harassment allegation some of which are still pending. His wife has also leveraged her positions on various boards to secure kickback contracts for herself as a "consultant." The accident was simply how he got addicted to OxyContin.

Silverback Sly said...

I clicked on the links and all say page not found

Anonymous said...

Good for a group of responsible citizens to take the city to task on this. Sly and the gang have been letting important things slide for too long now.

Anonymous said...

The neglect of maintainance over 40 years is absolutely true. If you go look for records, there are none because nothing has been done. Time for a come to Jesus for the management.

Anonymous said...

Works for me. Try again.

Anonymous said...

KC's "Ruling Elite" won't permit an audit.

Anonymous said...

If you think soaring water rates is a sign of "success" you are 1) delusional 2) protected from the dire consequences of this failure 3) getting your paycheck from the water department.

Save KCMo said...

200% increase over 5 years, something has to be done to stop this madness.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the results of an audit will result in the firing of Troy Schulte and Terry Leeds

Anonymous said...

Ok fellow trolls. Get a petition and sign up. Get your family and both your friends to sign.

Anonymous said...

6:40: The increase has been considerably more than 200%. Mine was $40 every two months; now it's $70 per month. That's about a 350% increase.

But we do have a streetcar, so it's not a total loss.

Anonymous said...

ooooh, streetcar burn! you're pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

Time to clean house at the water department.

Or at least flush the current leadership.

Anonymous said...

Where do I sign?

Anonymous said...

Fire Sherry McIntire. That ugly bitch needs to go. She's not a leader. Her usefulness expired years ago.

seanot said...

Thanks Tony for publishing this and thanks to everyone who has gone to our website and requested a copy of the petition to sign. We will have a few volunteers at poll locations with petitions available for signatures. I'll get word out Tuesday morning where and when you can find a petition to sign.

If anyone is looking to volunteer to help, drop a line to info@auditkc.com

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Water and waste is like money- eventually goes down the drain. Think I'll quit drinking beer. gotta pay the bill.

Anonymous said...

The Water Department is already audited each year by a private firm. You can find those audits on the Department's website: https://www.kcwaterservices.org/about-us/reports/

Anonymous said...

fire the niggers I say