Kansas City now confronts more than a $70-MILLION budget shortfall with no help from the federal government coming any time soon. Threat of municipal bankruptcy is very real as 12th & Oak victims of furloughs and RIFs will attest.
To wit . . .
COUNCIL DOESN'T KNOW HOW THE MAYOR PLANS TO PAY FOR ABOUT HALF A MILLION BUCKS TO HOST THE HOMELESS INSIDE BARTLE HALL - KANSAS CITY CONVENTION CENTER!!!
First and foremost, it helps to get a look at the bill that seems like it was sketched out on the back of a cocktail napkin.
Take a look at the document courtesy of our KICK-ASS blog community . . .
A few things worth mentioning . . .
Security skyrocketing to about $100K deserves attention because there's an important dispute on this controversial topic.
Officially, Mayor Quinton Lucas won't even acknowledge the presence of the Revolutionary Black Panthers on site.
Mayor Lucas retreats into legalese and rightfully acknowledges that only licensed security can operate inside city buildings HOWEVER he refuses to comment on statements regarding the anti-cop group who organizers claimed provided "protection" for the facility. The approach the mayor is taking is
cowardly politic and attempts to solve a very real problem & community concern with wordplay instead of clear communication with constituents.
Now the meat of this post . . .
SPICY TKC TIPSTERS QUESTION COUNCIL FOODIE GOODWILL & QUICK PAYBACK!!!
Here's the word as we don't want to seem unsavory by asking tough questions but the fast & loose handling of taxpayer cash inspires us to dig into this situation . . .
Our blog community notes . . .
"Look at the last budget item marked "catering" for around $2,300. That was a reimbursement to Fifth District Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw paid for by the "Solid Waste Dept.""
Councilwoman Parks-Shaw said she went to the warming center Saturday and discovered there was no plan in place to feed people, so she funded meals out of her own pocket to the tune of $2,300, for which she will be reimbursed.
Moreover from AWESOME TKC READERS watching 12th & Oak closely . . .
"Councilwoman Parks-Shaw stated in the business session that the catering charge under solid waste was her reimbursement and if anyone had a problem with it they could talk to her!"
Her forthright testimony in praise of her own good deeds is commendable . . . However, it's worth noting that most people seeking reimbursement from city hall have to wait about a month to get their money back. 12th & Oak is typically pretty slow when it comes to payouts.
More importantly . . .
City Hall insiders ask:
"Who authorized the expenditure in the first place and why would the Solid Waste Services pay for it!?? I guess there are no rules anymore."
Even better . . .
One city hall insider says . . .
"I guess I'll go take my car bill down to Public Works to get reimbursed."
We can save that AWESOME READER a trip . . . A quick conversation with Council Member Parks-Shaw might also be helpful given that her husband runs that department following a recent promotion that will help the city manager to build a more inclusive and supportive culture and reduce systemic racism within city operations.
Developing . . .