Saturday, January 06, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! INSIDERS: JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE OFFICE DIVERTING FUNDS TO KEEP STAFFERS SPARKS QUESTIONS FROM LEGISLATURE!!!
Jackson County Executive Frank White recommends an inspection of courthouse finances from the Missouri Auditor but the budget maneuvers of his own office are now meeting with scrutiny.
Background for those keeping score . . .
The Legislature has targeted funds for Chief Of Staff Caleb Clifford's pricey Chevy Colorado.
The Legislature has eliminated funding for key member's of Exec Frank White's staff in a move that evoked a written screed from the baseball legend who raged against alleged "spiteful and irresponsible" actions by his colleagues.
And now . . .
THE TOPIC OF TRANSPARENCY CONFRONTS EXEC WHITE'S OFFICE AS TEAM FRANK STRUGGLES TO FIND CASH!!!
Just a bit of explanation from one of many Courthouse Insiders taking on this issue:
"Of course there are elements of the budget where the Executive has discretion but here's how it should work: The Executive writes an ordinance to move funding, that ordinance is discussed among the Legislature and voted on IN PUBLIC. Former Executive Mike Sanders did this throughout his tenure and it's common practice. During this battle at the Courthouse, voters simply aren't getting the appropriate information about how their money is being spent and that is a slippery slope which usually leads to trouble for lawmakers."
Reality . . . The Executive's office has been forced to search for funding from a myriad of sources after losing this latest budget battle and so his attempts to claim the higher ground on Courthouse finances might also confront questions about the priorities and tactics of his office.
And all of this reveals that there is no end in sight to gridlock and a growing war of words as a Jackson County political fight will inevitably move toward a courtroom battle.
Developing . . .