Thursday, April 16, 2020

Council Commits Kansas City Taxpayer Big Bucks To Fix Buck O'Neil Bridge

Postscript news on a low-key decision worth millions in favor of a temporary solution that should make life even more miserable for our Northland friends. Read more:


Amid Economic Uncertainty, Kansas City, Missouri, Approves $72 Million To Replace Buck O'Neil Bridge

Kansas City will spend $72.5 million on a new Buck O'Neil Bridge in the coming months, despite uncertainty over how the economic downtown caused by the coronavirus pandemic will affect the city's budget. Before Thursday's city council session, Councilwoman Katheryn Shields expressed her concerns about the city's ongoing spending.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

In JUST TWO needless and wasteful projects, there's $42 MILLION being spent or deferred at a time when City revenues are headed for a cliff due to the virus. It's INSANE that the council passed a budget post-lockdown based upon pre-lockdown revenue estimates, and equally insane they keep spending as if the pot never runs dry. We could defer the new bridge for a year, and abandon the $7 million for streetcar planning and $35 million for the Wadell & Reed location, and these are just two amongst dozens of other wasteful projects. God help me, I never thought I'd say this, but Shields is right. The finance department is running a con and the City will be left hanging out to dry.

I give the City twenty four months before we begin defaulting, and that's even with raiding the PD pension fund.

Anonymous said...

You mean the Broadway Bridge ?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a vote that passed a while back to fund the Broadway Bridge? If so, where did that money go?

Anonymous said...

^^^I don't know Maude, did you call the city and ask?

Anonymous said...

Kathryn should have concerns about the bridge. Like whether or not it will collapse if she is on it. She is very fat.

Anonymous said...

This Council like those of the past many years has little to no financial background. Each representative has his own agenda and over the past several years the Urban and 3rd Districts agendas have taken precedence over basic services needs of the City. Instead of basic road maintenance we the City deferred this money and funded Grocery stores, 18th and Vine and Jazz museums.

Anonymous said...

KCMO philosophy is to wait for the Feds to come in and bail out the City. Little funding from the City is going to fight the Pandemic. This pandemic is a perfect way for the City council to stop funding of past mistakes of the past. IE Street Car, Linwood Grocery, 18th and Vine, Jazz Museum.