Wednesday, September 18, 2019
SHOCKER!!! JACKSON COUNTY COMBAT ANTI-CRIME TAX IS JUST A SLUSH FUND!!!
Local TV is calling this one "news" because it's pretty easily repackaged.
Today the Jackson County Prosecutor PASSED THE BUCK to Exec Frank White and all of her predecessors for the FAIL of a very pricey anti-crime tax.
The highlights . . .
- Jackson County’s Finance Department regularly under-budgeted COMBAT revenues, creating reserve or surplus funds that were used by other county departments, rather than COMBAT. These surplus funds were expended often without approval from COMBAT administration or the County Legislature. Of $1.28 million in COMBAT reserves funds in 2017, only $131,946 was spent on COMBAT anti-drug and anti-violence programs.
- More than $2.2 million in other money was spent between 2016 and 2018 on county jail doors, even though no one in COMBAT management knew COMBAT funds were being used to pay for the doors. Those funds went to the county’s Corrections Department in addition to the department’s guaranteed allocation of COMBAT funds under a funding formula passed by the Legislature in 1995. Similar diversions were found with construction spending for Constructing Futures and renovations of county facilities. Auditors often found no evidence of approval by the County Legislature.
- While the COMBAT administration didn’t have enough staff to visit agencies it funded, many county employees were paid a portion of their salary or benefits, including car and phone allowances, from COMBAT funds. Their positions or duties appeared to have little to do with COMBAT. These employees included members of the County Executive’s Department and the Legislative Auditor office. BKD requested information on 60 county employees, but County finance officials would only supply BKD with information on 10 employees.
Accordingly . . .
WHAT DOES IT MEAN??? VOTERS HOPING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS TO FIGHT RISING DEADLY CRIME WILL ONLY FIND HIGHER TAXES, POLITICAL POSTURING & MISSPENT FUNDS!!!
More to the point . . .
THIS IS JUST ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE'S POLITICAL CAREER!!!
Check the news lineup:
KMBC: Audit for Jackson County COMBAT program shows troubling use of funds under County Executive's office
KCTV5: Audit questions how anti-crime tax money was spent
KCUR: Audit Finds Jackson County Misspent Millions Of Dollars Meant To Fight Drugs And Violence
Developing . . .