Sunday, February 18, 2018
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY CONSIDERS $600K EMERGENCY ORDINANCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN AMID KCPD BUDGET CRUNCH!!!
Kansas City copes with rising interest rates and a weakening economy during this latest round of budget talks wherein resources for the KCPD have been a source of contention.
However . . .
A NEW EMERGENCY ORDINANCE SEEKS $600K FOR A LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN WHILST THE KCPD BICKERS WITH MAYOR SLY OVER MONEY FOR A FEW MORE POLICE DISPATCHERS!!!
Remember . . .
At the last Police Board meeting Mayor Sly scolded one of his colleagues in open session about funding requests for dispatchers despite the fact that Kansas City 911 hold times are double the national standard.
Here's a look at the cash request sponsored by Northland Council Lady Heather Hall that has otherwise good intentions in the midst of a local money crunch.
Ordinance #180123: Authorizing the Director of the General Services Department to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with the Kansas City Police Officers Memorial Foundation for the funding, construction and maintenance of the Law Enforcement Memorial on City owned property in recognition of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area Law Enforcement Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty; directing the City Manager to set aside $600,000.00 of in-district PIAC funds over a period of two years into a separate account for the Memorial; and recognizing an accelerated effective date.
Accordingly . . .
Here are a few things to consider as we do our best to be agnostic on this subject and simply report the facts of the situation:
- Authorities have been pressing for a fountain memorial for quite some time and the sign of support for law enforcement would be an important display of community outreach. Credit to Council Lady Hall for finally getting this effort on track as hundreds of KCPD denizens have requested as much for years and have dedicated personal funds to the project.
- The cash is a drop in the bucket BUT an upcoming sales tax vote will inspire PIAC decisions to be scrutinized far more closely.
- Like it or not, there are local opponents of law enforcement memorial given that this effort has consistently been pushed to the back-burner by special interests who believed law enforcement should wait for the honor.
And so . . .
DO YOU THINK KANSAS CITY LAW ENFORCEMENT DESERVES FOUNTAIN TRIBUTE OR SHOULD CITY HALL SPEND THE CASH ON MORE KCPD DISPATCHERS???
In order to keep the public quiet, politicos often tell voters that most of the funds are "locked in" and there's very little room to debate spending priorities.
In this instance, every penny counts and we offer this post only because voters are often kept out of the loop on choices ranging from fountains to public safety.
You decide . . .