Wednesday, December 20, 2017
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE VETOES 'UNLAWFUL' ORDINANCE AND FIGHTS TO KEEP CONTROL OF COMBAT ANTI-CRIME PROGRAM!!!
Just now, Jackson County Executive Frank White directs tough talk towards the Legislature amid a struggle to maintain the authority of his office against what his supporters claim are politically motivated local government encroachment efforts.
There has been an important battle over the Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax (COMBAT) for months that stared with a debate over the appointment of a new director and now delves into legal concerns over the transfer of power.
Remember, COMBAT isn't just a run-of-the-mill anti-violence group - It's a multi-million-dollar taxpayer subsidized effort that cooperates with law enforcement throughout the metro and is very much akin to its own division of County government.
Now, check the latest word on this move and the County Exec calling out the actions of his colleagues:
Jackson County Executive vetoes unlawful ordinance
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has issued a veto of Ordinance 5061, his third veto this year.
On December 11, the Jackson County Legislature voted in favor of Ordinance 5061, which would transfer authority for the County’s COMBAT tax from the County Executive to the Jackson County Prosecutor.
The County engaged in outside legal counsel to determine whether the ordinance was lawful. They concluded that it is not, and even if adopted, would be void. Their independent analysis cited five reasons why the ordinance is not lawful.
“As I’ve said before, every decision I make in this position will be based on what’s right. Let me be clear, I will oppose any unlawful actions by this Legislature. My actions today protect the integrity of the charter and the rights of the people,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “As always, I am remain committed to working with all of our partners, including the Legislature, Prosecutor, Drug Commission and local law enforcement to ensure COMBAT continues to have a positive impact on our community.”
White’s veto message of Ordinances 5061 and the incorporated legal memorandum, which provides further legal justification of his veto, is attached.
And so . . .
While it is likely that the Legislature will overturn the veto, an EPIC impasse persists at the Courthouse as we move closer to an election year.
Developing . . .