Thursday, December 24, 2020

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! COUNCIL LADY HEATHER HALL WORKS TO SAVE $60 MILLION IN KANSAS CITY BUDGET RATHER THAN CUTTING TAXPAYER SERVICES AMID IMPENDING COVID-19 SHORTFALL!!!

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic triggered the worst Kansas City budget crisis in the modern era and so far we haven't heard or seen detailed plans about how elected leaders plan to deal with the deficit. 

Until now. 

To wit . . .

WHILST MAYOR Q WARNS OF BRUTAL 11% 'ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS' TO THE GENERAL FUND . . . COUNCIL LADY HEATHER HALL SHARES DEETS ON HER PLAN TO SAVE MONEY WITHOUT SACRIFICING TAXPAYER SERVICES!!!

To be fair, the mayor has been busy promoting his social justice agenda and advocating for protest groups rather than worrying about local taxpayer cash.

Accordingly . . .

CREDIT TO COUNCIL LADY HEATHER HALL FOR OFFERING THE MOST DETAILED BUDGET SAVING PLAN FOR KCMO RATHER THAN JUST THREATENING CITY WORKERS AND NEIGHBORHOODS!!!

For those who would like to read the full version of the memo, we've got in full . . . Check page 1 & page 2.

Here are the highlights . . .

FROM 1ST DISTRICT IN-DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER HEATHER HALL

“My goal is to find way to save $60 million annually over the next 5 years based on our Finance Director's estimated general fund loss projections due to COVID19. 

Currently, the Mayor has stated his plan to have an across the board 11% departmental budget cuts to the general fund. I do not agree with this approach, know that there are many way to cut the budget that don’t directly affect the taxpayers. If we do it his way, parks, policing, trash service, snow-removal, mowing, and even pothole fixes will be decreased – all things your taxes pay for each year.

So, the goal is to find $60 million to go onto the General Fund to fix our budget shortfall due to COVID-related revenue losses.  I propose we use up to $30 million from our unincorporated fund balance, take some of the measures I am suggesting here, then determine what percentages to cut by department depending on their needs over the next fiscal year beginning May 1, 2021. 

Trash – This year, through my past 4 years’ efforts with our solid waste department and my colleagues from the 6th and 2nd District, we saved the city’s general fund $3 million this year. We will also save $3 million to $5 million for 2021-22 fiscal year due to this effort. All while increasing citizen satisfaction by 9%!

Audit – I asked for an audit to determine wasted space, extra buildings that we could re-allocate, sell or lease spaces. As of today, we are only utilizing 54% of the available space within City hall.

Real Estate – The city owns 1900 properties. Some are land and some are buildings. Of those 1900 properties, 333 parcels can not even be identified as to which department manages them. Of those parcels, we have since identified 31 parcels that the City can surplus (sell or lease) immediately – Even if we sold just 5, what a financial difference it would make. This could be a great revenue generation or at the very least a reduction in expenditure for the city General Fund for the coming year.

Energy Efficiency – I reached out to local industries to help us streamline our energy efficiency throughout the city (lighting, power, water, etc). I am working on a plan that can save between $4 million and $35 million in the 2021-22 fiscal year and future years.

Technology Waste – I have asked the finance department for the expenses annually that relate to the elimination of cable TV service throughout city hall and other buildings. For example, every city council office has a TV with cable. With COVID, and really anytime, we are rarely in our offices, as we are out meeting constituents. I propose we get rid of cable TV and the TVs throughout all city offices to save this money in the General Fund. I know this may be a small line-item, but every bit helps, and when it comes to a $60 million deficit, we need every bit! 

As we find ways to save the $60 million projected loss, we must look to the walls of City Hall first, before cutting services that affect the daily lives of the taxpayers.
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Developing . . .

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good for her. Nice to see a member of council working rather than just spending.

Ren said...

With an 11% cut, Kansas City would NEVER get another pothole filled and police would definitely be reduced.

As usual, Q's plan is a plan for failure.

Anonymous said...

^^^ +1

The more accolades that Quinton gets from The Star, the worse his job performance becomes. Sad to see that he's believing his own press.

Anonymous said...

Every city office gets free cable? Maybe that's why nobody answers the phone over there.

BlightMeKC said...

Sacrifice City services? Whatever we’ve been paying for can hardly be described as “services”. I watched today as the trash collectors busted open someone’s trash and instead of using a broom and dustpan to pick up the debris (all trucks should be so equipped) they scooted the trash using their feet in front of the resident’s parked car. Cut out of the budget whatever “service” that was. We aren’t getting our money’s worth!

Anonymous said...

Quinton will never go for that. It makes sense. He will have non of that!

Alpinista said...

Finally, some one gets it.

Hurrah for Heather Hall!

This is what is expected from elected officials.

Anonymous said...

Professor McDrinkerson! This lady seems to have a plan. Why don't you?

Anonymous said...

The financial responsibility horse left the KCMO barn about 20 years ago.
And only now, members of the council are SHOCKED!, SHOCKED! that the cupboard is bare.
What a menagerie of clowns the voters insist on continuing to send to 12th and Oak.
These folks couldn't run a one-car garage.
Sad.

Anonymous said...

When you vote for clowns don't act surprised when you get a circus act.

Anonymous said...

This Q guy really knows his way around an erect penis...budgets and monetary issues not so much.

Anonymous said...

First cuts should be the fat fake revs, the cleave and his failed jazz district, Gwen grant and all the failed anti crime groups and finally mwbe programs, that’ll save the sixty million without losing anything else.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is refreshing. No talk of bike lanes and hair styles and naming streets. Unfortunately this will be way over the head of some of the Council members.

Anonymous said...

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!



"Q" has finally come out of the closet. He now wishes to be called "QUEENIE"

Quinton Lucas said...

That's Princess Queenie TYVM!

Unknown said...

But if you don't cut taxpayer services, then how can you justify raising taxes? Don't you need more money for reparations, non-protection of property, and corporate handouts for those living in Leawood?

Anonymous said...

Plus the airport and toy train. We can't live without those!

Quinton Lucas said...

Santa is cumming down my chimney tonight!

Anonymous said...

Heather Hall is so much more intelligent than the stupid fucking mayor it isn’t even funny. But the main difference is, she actually cares about the people of Kansas City and the mayor does not.

Anonymous said...

Mayor’s favorite two words mandait and dicktator.

Quinton Lucas said...

I love man dates!

Anonymous said...

You meant dick-taster, right?

James Earl Ray said...

Heather’s plan sounds really good

Horsedick.mpeg said...

He tasted mine!

Anonymous said...

The Mayor wants to preserve the irresponsible spending projects which are designed to throw $ to east side folks and projects which have zero benefit to the overall City. Too Bad.

Reality Speaker said...

BRAVO!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Start by cutting council members’ wages in half for the rest of their term, I mean you are serving the people right?

Anonymous said...

Good deal!

On behalf of the KC star... We are so sorry.

Donald Trump said...

I spent $151M playing golf on the taxpayer dime. Didn’t hear shit from the MAGATS, either. Wonder why.....

Anonymous said...

^^^^ ...because MAGATS are nothing but leeches and cockroaches. That’s why.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes.
The "unincorporated fund balance".
More accurately described as the standing slush fund.
Of famous "declaring and emergency" spending ordinance fame.
Avoid all that pesky inconvenience like multiple ordinance readings and public scrutiny.
Which is one of the main reasons, there being others like insider deals, upside-down "development" projects, and being forced into shoveling millions into nonsense like 18th and Vine, that the city finds itself in the pitiful condition that it does.
Terrible infrastructure and basic services and no money.
Sad.

Anonymous said...

You never complained when Obama played golf and that was all the time.

Anonymous said...

"While Trump claimed that he has golfed fewer times than his predecessor, that's not accurate, according to a CNN fact check from May. Trump has spent 266 days at his golf clubs at the end of May 2020 while Obama had played 98 rounds by that point in his presidency."

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-defends-golf-trips-falsely-claims-less-than-obama-2020-7

SO, YET ANOTHER MAGAT LIE

chuck said...

I like her.

Anonymous said...

OMG, this makes some sense, voter her out immediately!

Anonymous said...

Why does the City own 1,900 properties? There's your shortfall, windfall all in the same place. City doesn't need to own that much real estate.

Anonymous said...

She should be a mayor!

Anonymous said...

This City could not function without the trolley. Please no service cuts.

Anonymous said...

1. Ban all ppl with alliterated names from politics.