Thursday, April 26, 2018
SHAME!!! $3-MILLION+ SHORT!!! LOCAL PET LOVERS FAIL TO PAY FAIR SHARE FOR NEW LUXURY KANSAS CITY ANIMAL SHELTER!!!
A year after voters agreed to chip-in the vast majority of funding, Kansas City pet lovers aren't anywhere close to coming up with their portion of the cash needed for the new animal shelter campus project.
Recently, Mayor & Council gave final approval of $18 million in GO KC bonds from the city - That was after concerns of a NO BID contract stirred City legal into a frenzy of sketchy assurances about pending complaints. And that's $4-MILLION MORE THAN WHAT WAS INITIALLY PLEDGED BY VOTERS!!!
Even more interestingly, public discussion of the shelter's progress reveals . . .
The KC Pet Project is $3-million short in funding required by City Hall in this public/private partnership
PR Juggernaut Roshann Parris and Kristi Wyatt, senior vice president of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce have offered their assurances in meeting this goal.
However, here's an insider look at how this thing is going to unfold . . .
AFTER A YEAR-LONG FUNDRAISING DROUGHT, INSIDERS FEAR KANSAS CITY PET LOVERS WON'T CLOSE THE FUNDING GAP AND CITY HALL WILL BE FORCED TO PICK UP AN EVEN GREATER PORTION OF THE TAB!!!
Here's perspective from behind the scenes . . .
"They're not going to meet their goal. Council will provide another emergency ordnance to close the gap and that will be the end of it. People love their pets but there simply isn't that kind of private funding available in the metro . . . Unless some rich old lady kicks the bucket and leaves millions to her dog.
None of this is to say that the local animal activist community didn't do more than their fair share in getting the ballot question passed. The public relations and good will they provided ultimately helped pass all of the GO Bonds. But when it comes to cold hard cash and asking people to chip in . . . It just doesn't make any sense . . . Why pay for something when the city is picking up most of the bill? That's the problem fundraisers are encountering and it's pretty hard to make a plea when all of the spin coming out of City Hall is upbeat. Meanwhile, I think pet lovers are more inclined to help animal rescue missions where the needs are more immediate."
Accordingly . . .
In the aftermath, Kansas City taxpayers might want to remind animal lovers of their funding BROKEN PROMISE ANIMAL SHELTER FUNDING FAIL as they continue to ask City Hall for more doggie park and animal care resources during the warmer months.
Developing . . .