Tuesday, February 19, 2019
QUARTER MIL PRICE TAG: IT COSTS BIG BUCKS TO CLEAN UP CLAY COUNTY!!!
This suburban fight is just getting started and already Northland denizens are pickup an EPIC tab thanks to middle-class beef.
Here's a look at the damage along with a realization that this local guv is just as dysfunctional as any part of KCMO without the help of culture war slap fighting:
Fox4: New invoices show Clay County spent over $750,000 on outside legal help last year
The county paid seven different firms; Husch Blackwell was one of them. Back in September, the firm billed Clay County $11,132.50 for two out-of-town attorneys to attend two days of meetings on July 18, 2018, and July 20, 2018.
"It's hard for me to believe that there are no attorneys within the Kansas City area capable of handling Clay County legal affairs, particularly since Husch Blackwell has, I believe, 150 attorneys here in this area," Presiding Commissioner Nolte said. "Why we need to pay tens of thousands of dollars in travel time for attorneys to just be here is a question that I don't have an answer to."
Remember, just last year, three Clay County leaders got big raises after the county clerk had to let two employees go. Law enforcement also saw big budget cuts.
“How much would we be able to put into the sheriff's department whose budget has already been, I think, shortchanged dramatically over the recent years?” Nolte asked.
Questionable spending is something the Missouri State Auditor has been trying to investigate despite what Nicole Galloway calls “roadblocks, delays, evasive responses . . .”
Developing . . .