At the outset of a hearing over a controversial to move to reallocate 42-MILLION BUCKS worth of Kansas City police funding there is one facet of this conversation that deserve more attention so that voters aren't tricked into supporting a slush fund based solely on the promises of a politico.
We don't mind repeating ourselves one more time for the cheap seats . . .
DESPITE OUTCRY OVER TRANSPARENCY: MAYOR Q STILL HASN'T REVEALED A BUDGET DETAILING HOW 42 MILLION BUCKS WORTH OF KANSAS CITY POLICE CASH WILL BE SPENT AFTER IT'S MOVED TO THE COMMUNITY SERVICES & CRIME PREVENTION FUND!!!
Providing a list of how he wants to use that money might make his case stronger or reveal that it's all just a slush fund that won't help reduce crime and the current homicide uptick that's still underway.
We don't know because the deets of this power move are secret from the public.
Here's what we do know . . . The police have warned that keeping this cash hurts the department:
"A police budget manager testified Wednesday that the department would run out of money at the end of the year, or in January at best, if the city's plan to put $42-million in a separate community services account went into effect."
The answer from city hall touted dutifully by a lesser blog denies claims from police . . .
Mayor Quinton Lucas said that claim is “totally incorrect.”
“We now have heard three different numbers about how many officers would be laid off. What we are seeing is testimony that is just grasping at straws inconsistently,” he said during a break at the hearing. “It is very clear in this situation we continue to see the city is funding the police department consistently and will continue to do so.”
Lucas added the city has recently sought to increase the police funding to pay for an academy class and raises for police officers.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Jackson County judge heard testimony Wednesday in the power struggle for control of the city's police department. Attorneys for the police board claim there would be drastic cuts, if commissioners fail to reach a funding agreement with the city.
A hearing was held Wednesday on the Kansas City Police Department's lawsuit challenging the city's shift of $42 million in the department's budget.A top budget official for the police department said that as many as 1,000 people could be laid off if the city goes ahead with police budget cuts.Not all of them would be police officers.Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said that 1,000-layoffs figure is exaggerated.
The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners asked a Jackson County judge on Wednesday to overturn Mayor Quinton Lucas' police reform plan, claiming the city wants to reduce the police budget and wrest away control of the department.
You decide . . .