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.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://auditkc.com
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