FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 8, 2018
The budget proposal that Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte submitted to the City Council on Thursday for fiscal year 2018-2019 reinforces the commitment to public safety – a perennial fixture at the top of the priority list established by residents and the council’s Five-year Citywide Business Plan.
The $1.66 billion submitted budget proposes increasing public safety expenditures by $14.3 million, or 3.3 percent, over FY 2017-18. Public safety accounts for 76 percent of the total General Fund operating budget.
“Kansas City truly is a City on the Rise,” Mayor James said. “From our beloved Royals and Chiefs, to our Smart Cities corridor, to our exciting start-up culture, to our innovative plans for infrastructure improvement — we have continued to build momentum to place us in the top tier of cities in this country. This exciting future doesn’t exist without getting things done and delivering essential services to the residents of our great City. Our goal is to ensure we have the financial resources in place to support innovative tactics for everything from public safety to public works in order to make Kansas City safer and more innovative for all of us.”
Residents have approved plans to repair infrastructure, expand the streetcar system, and build a new airport terminal. The two-year, $10 million program to demolish dangerous buildings throughout the City is nearing successful completion but the City’s campaign to fight blight and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods is ongoing.
“We’re pleased with the results we’ve realized from the dangerous buildings program,” Schulte said. “But the job to improve the quality of life in all of our neighborhoods never really ends, so we have to make the best strategic use of the funds we have left after our public safety needs have been satisfied.”
The City invites residents to use one of several avenues to offer feedback on the proposed budget. The full document can be found at kcmo.gov/finance. This will include a line-item detail on funding recommendations for each of the City’s departments and programs.
If you are unable to attend a budget hearing in your community, please let us know what you think by using our online town hall at KCMomentum.com. You can read the budget and leave your comments 24/7, at your convenience. Your feedback will be shared with the City Council.
Those able to attend one or more of the sessions will be able to interact directly with council members who will travel to four community locations for public hearings on the budget. Scheduled budget hearings are:
Saturday, Feb. 17
9 – 11 a.m.
Christ the King Church
8510 Wornall Rd.
Saturday, Feb. 24
9 -11 a.m.
Guadalupe Center Auditorium
5123 E. Truman Rd.
Saturday, March 4
9 – 11 a.m.
R.B. Doolin Center
1900 Northeast 46th St.
Thursday, March 8
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
KCPD Community Room
1111 Locust St.
Additionally, public feedback will be accepted during City Council budget deliberations. These sessions take place at City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, in the 10th floor committee room:
March 7, 14, and 21
Wednesday’s at 8:30 a.m.
Finance & Governance Committee meeting
For more information, contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474 or by email.