Monday, December 18, 2017
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CLAY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FIGHT OVER LAW ENFORCEMENT CASH MONDAY MORNING!!!
The Kansas City Northland remains the fast growing community across the metro and the issue of police protection for this community is a primary concern for residents.
To wit . . .
CHECK OUT FIRST NEWS OF AN EPIC CLAY COUNTY FIGHT OVER MONEY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDING!!!
Behind the scenes . . . We hear Commish Nolte is raising a ruckus on the topic of law enforcement funding and while we may not always agree with the hardcore right-wing dude, we can't help but respect the fact that the only thing he hates more than illegal immigrants is government waste and screwed up priorities with taxpayer cash.
Real talk, insiders tell TKC that this political debate hot mess is every bit as bad as the fighting in Jackson County right now . . . However, this note is shared out of concern for proper funding of law enforcement - An issue that's being overlooked in every part of the Kansas City metro.
Accordingly, check this behind the scenes note that's quickly circulating around town but documented FIRST on TKC . . . NOTE - There are a few edits for length, clarity & highlights but overall here's the sitch:
COMMISSIONER RIDGEWAY AND OWENS' WAR ON LAW ENFORCEMENT
At yesterday’s Commission Meeting Commissioners Ridgeway and Owen continued their attacks on the Sheriff’s Department and steamrolled another $605,784 cut on top of the earlier reductions, in Amendment 1. Budgets are about setting priorities, what is important and what is less important. In the initial budget earlier, this week the priorities of the Associate Commissioners were made obvious. These slashes in the Sheriff’s budget are in defiance of Missouri Statute 221.080 County commission to bear certain expenses.
We will be taking up the final vote on the County Budget on Monday 10:00 am at the County Courthouse, Commissioners Meeting Room.
THIS IS OVER ONE HUNDRED MILLION OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS ON THE LINE.
For clarity, numbers under “Requested” were initial requests by the Sheriff, “Proposed” was the response by the County, “2nd Request” is the response by the Sheriff and “Difference” is the shortfall if any.
There are some glaring and inexplicable cuts made to vital areas.
Acct 2729-556-261 Training Expenses cut by 1/3 to ½ including P.O.S.T. training and training new recruits.
Acct 2729-556-264 Dues and memberships, it is more serious than the title implies. It includes MULES (Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement Systems), provides 24-hour communication services to Patrol officers as well as all law enforcement agencies in the state. The County is cutting in half funding for the TIPS Hotline.
Acct 2729-556-314 Chemicals to kill lice and bacteria on inmates, cleaning of Inmates cells, dayrooms and clothing - $0
Acct 2729-556-316 Inmate jumpsuits, boxers, t-shirts, socks, suicide clothing. - $0
Even more disturbing:
27-556-316 ADM Body Armor $0. These brave men and women risk their lives daily for our safety and we can find no money for bullet proof vests? Zero is the priority that is being set for the safety of our underpaid Deputies?
Acct 2729-556-360 Gun parts, holsters, training supplies like ear and eye protection during firearms not to mention first aid kits. TASER replacements. Equipment like munitions, for our STAR Team (Strategic Targeted Area Response), this is the division that responds to the most serious threats by the most dangerous criminals. $0
Acct 2729-556-362 Replacement of crime scene supplies, the gathering and proper storage of crime scene evidence is vital for the conviction of those who prey on our citizens. Without that evidence criminals will be released back into our neighborhoods. The County funding one third funding – low priority.
Commissioners Ridgeway and Owen are putting us in a race to the bottom when it comes to our jail along with the Jackson County Jail. This budget puts the lives of officers at greater risk and increases the possibility of inmate lawsuits against the County.
There are many other areas where the priority is Zero. And this does not even address the issue of pay.
And after all of that, Commissioners Ridgeway and Owen steamrolled another additional $605,784.
Apparently $600 coffeemakers are a higher priority than body armor. This is unconscionable. When we send our law enforcement professionals out to protect you, the citizens of this county, I want them to have the best equipment, the best training and the best pay we can possibly afford.
Instead Commissioners Ridgeway and Owen have chosen to raise your property taxes, vote to dramatically increase their own pay and spend well into six figures for new outside lawyers.
We need more deputies and fewer high-priced lawyers making over $300 per hour.
This is your money, this is your government, make your voice heard!
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