Saturday, November 18, 2017
BITTER HOLIDAY SEASON BUDGET FIGHT THREATENS JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE AS LEGISLATURE UNIMPRESSED BY JAIL TASK FORCE HYPE!!!
Just like the rest of Kansas City po'folk struggling to come up with the cash to pay off end-of-year property taxes and share a little bit of holiday cheer . . . Jackson County will be fighting about money all through December.
Take a look:
Examiner: White releases county budget proposal
"County spending would rise 1.45 percent from this year’s adopted budget of $310.3 million . . . White favors higher pay for corrections officers, trying to get a handle on staff turnover that officials say is a major problem at the jail. He wanted that to kick in this fall, but legislators said it could wait until Jan. 1, when the new budget takes effect. White’s budget doesn’t call for new Corrections Department positions, but spending would rise from $26.25 million this year to $29.32 million in 2018."
Here's the word . . .
"(Executive) Frank (White) might be able to easily sway the media but the fact his that he still hasn't changed his approach in the Legislature and those relationships haven't been repaired. His "task force" stunt was great public relations but I'm not sure how much it matters when what he's really doing is RAISING A MASSIVE DEBT LEVEL at the County. They news might be kind to him but constituents are going to take it out on the Legislature when they see those higher property tax bills just in time for the election.
So expect a debate over just about every line item. Frank's budget is going to get put down next session and he'll probably veto the Legislature's response. It's not going to be pretty but the financial strategy from this Administration is irresponsible to say the least."
Developing . . .