FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 12, 2015
City Manager, Mayor submit FY2015-16 Budget to Council
Residents can now review data using interactive Open Budget KC tool
City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte delivered the City’s Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Submitted Budget to the City Council today. The submitted budget aligns with the goals established as part of the Citywide Business Plan to set the City on a path toward greater financial stability. Additionally, the FY 2015-16 Submitted Budget represents the beginning of a new trend—a joint budget letter reflecting months of collaboration between the Mayor and City Manager.
“This year marks an exciting new budget process with City Manger Troy Schulte to jointly create the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Submitted Budget for review by the City Council,” said Mayor Sly James. “The submitted budget reflects our shared vision for creating a financially stable and sustainable City.”
Funding recommendations for the City’s many departments and programs can be found in line-item detail as part of the FY 2015-16 Submitted Budget, which can be found online through Open Data KC at https://data.kcmo.org. The FY 2015-16 Submitted Budget establishes:
- Planned expenditures of $1.47 billion, representing an increase of 3.5 percent over the Fiscal Year 2014-15 adopted budget.
- A one-year salary freeze for all City employees, including employees of the Kansas City Police and Fire Departments.
- Fully-funding the City’s pension obligation.
- Additional funding for community and youth anti-violence programs, such as KC No Violence and Teens in Transition, to reduce homicides and remove high-risk teens from the cycle of violence.
- Increases to the operating budget for the Fire Department to meet current service demands.
- Allocations for the beginning of an eight-year plan for the replacement of aging City vehicles and equipment, such as dump trucks and pick-up trucks.
- General Fund surplus of $1.4 million plus $5 million in contingency reserves.
“The submitted budget contains the structural changes which are essential for protecting a strong financial future for our City,” said City Manager, Troy Schulte. “It includes the investments in neighborhoods that our residents have requested, and continues our strong commitment to public safety.”
Kansas City is committed to using data and customer feedback to drive the decisions that will propel the City on the path toward a stronger and more innovative future. A new interactive tool, called Open Budget KC, allows residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to visualize and explore how the City allocates its money among the City Council’s priorities. In addition to presenting the City’s budget data in a visual and interactive way, Open Budget KC enables users to easily create and share customized links, or download budget data. Open Budget KC is available online at http://budget.kcmo.gov/.
Residents are encouraged to provide feedback regarding the submitted budget at one of two public budget hearings:
Saturday, Feb. 21 | 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Regional Police Academy
6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road
Saturday, Feb. 28 | 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Southeast Community Center
4201 E. 63rd Street
Residents are able to provide feedback online through KCMOmentum.org, or through the City’s interactive budget Twitter chat which will take place on Feb. 24 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. During this time, Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, City department directors and budget staff will gather together at City Hall to respond to the public’s questions and comments live via Twitter. Residents who are unable to use Twitter may participate in the interactive budget chat using email at firstname.lastname@example.org.