Pretend Kansas City Wants Your Opinion

For this time of season . . . A few dedicated locals mistakenly believe that KCMO wants their opinion on the upcoming budget.

The premise is a stretch this time around given that the city manager is confronted by a lawsuit which openly accuses him of endorsing lying to the public. 

Meanwhile . . .

Most informed adults realize that all of this is just a pathetic annual spectacle so that non-profit denizens, activists and a few randos can justify their piece of taxpayer cash.

Check-it . . .

The 2023-2024 submitted budget includes money for everything from housing, policing, city employee wages and local infrastructure across the city.

In general, it proposes $1.3 billion for governmental activities, including $1.1 billion for infrastructure and accessibility, $542 million for public safety, $243 million for housing and healthy communities and $170 million for finance and governance . .  .

There will be three public meetings, which can all be attended in-person or virtually on Saturday, Feb. 25, Tuesday, March 4 and Saturday, March 7.

Both hearings on Feb. 25 and March 4 will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and people can join by attending in person or visiting here. The session on March 7 will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Read more via link . . .

Trash, trees, police & pools: What to know about Kansas City's budget, how to weigh in

It's budget season, Kansas City. Earlier this month, city manager Brian Platt and Mayor Quinton Lucas submitted their proposed budget for the next year to the city council for approval, coming to a total of just over $2 billion.