Kansas City Mayor Q Stays Losing Defund The Police Fight

Denizens of our blog community noted that this was a repeat of last year's disappointment yet again.

Here's one portion of aftermath . . . 

The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department will have the most money allocated from the budget at $269 million. City officials say that's $4 million more than the recommended amount.

This will allow KCPD to recruit an additional 150 officers as well as increase pay for officers, civilian staff, the communications unit and 911 call-takers, according to the city.

A partial breakdown of the budget is below:

    Housing Trust Fund: $12.5 million
    Tenants Right to Counsel Program: $2.5 million
    Emergency Rental Assistance Program: $40 million
    Public Works: $145 million
    Police: $269 million

As always, we look to any reader comments about the implications of this drama now that its settled for at least one more year.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

Kansas City, Missouri, City Council passes $1.9 billion 2022-23 city budget

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, City Council members voted Thursday to pass the city's budget. The vote was 12-1. The $1.9 billion budget, which was first proposed in February , is higher than the last fiscal year which was $1.73 billion. According to the city, the extra money came from COVID-19 relief funds.

Kansas City Council passes $2 billion budget that includes millions more for KCPD

The Kansas City Council passed a nearly $2 billion budget Thursday, including a $269 million police budget that goes above what is required by Missouri law and eschews attempts for the council to exercise some kind of local accountability over the police department.

Developing . . .