Friday, May 15, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! BUDGET OFFICER SCOTT HUIZENGA SEYZ ADIÓS TO KANSAS CITY AMID CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AND TAKES NEW JOB IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS!!!
There's a mass exodus underway at City Hall amid talk of furloughs, salary cuts and tougher working conditions.
Moreover, the Kansas City budget is now facing a historic challenge to cope with a loss of revenue and new priorities demanded of 12th & Oak.
In the midst of this crisis, Budget Officer Scott Huizenga recently bailed to take a better job in Texas.
To wit . . .
INSIDERS WORRY THAT THE BUDGET DUDE MOVING ON IS A BAD SIGN FOR THE FUTURE OF KANSAS CITY FINANCES AMID COVID-19 MONEY TROUBLES!!!
Local MSM claims the "worst case scenario" involves $300-MILLION worth of budget cuts but more skeptical souls already see impending bankruptcy on the horizon.
Accordingly, here's part of what BRILLIANT INSIDERS have to say . . .
"Some people might claim, 'the budget is done. No big deal.' But they obviously don't understand that our KCMO budget is a living and breathing document that needs constant adjustment and fixes. Now, we're looking at a surplus that could be wiped out in a matter of weeks and we've got an interim city manager who doesn't seem up to the task of hiring anybody or taking on the more strenuous aspects of his job."
Money line . . .
"The hand that authored our Kansas City budget is now waving goodbye."
Admittedly, the City Hall brain drain has been exceptionally tough during 2020 and this latest departure puts more pressure on the Interim City Manager Earnest Rouse.
Recent departures from Public Works, The City Manager's Office and the legal department offer a glimpse at the upheaval behind the scenes. Heck, the new budget even nixed the Office of Culture and Creative Services following the "Open Spaces" flop.
And so . . .
The devastating impact of coronavirus and so many longtime workers jumping ship leaves Kansas City without much experience to navigate the "new normal" and impending financial storm. Meanwhile, proposed cutbacks will likely only worsen the situation. Conservative pundits might celebrate the devastation and cheer smaller government but most longtime residents realize the consequences of fewer City Hall workers mean less services for neighborhoods at a time when help from 12th & Oak is needed most.
Developing . . .