Well folks it happened. The Kansas City, City Council, in a 12-1 decision cut $7.6 million from the Kansas City Fire Department budget. While not all that surprising given the political bantering over this issue in recent weeks; Both Mayor James and City Manager Schulte have been looking for ways to trim the City’s budget, and figured this is the best way. Sure other cuts were made as well but for some reason the Fire Department was at the top of the list. What does this mean to those that are served by KCFD, only time will tell, but on the surface it appears that when one may need the Fire Department it may not be there.
Kudos are awarded to Councilman John Sharp, the only vote of reason who stated the cuts would endanger the departments mission. For those that would like to thank Councilman Sharp, you can do so by emailing Araceli.Gallegos@kcmo.org. Whether you are represented by Councilman Sharp or another please let your thoughts be known on this matter by contacting your city representative. For a list of Kansas City Council Members go to www.kcmo.org.
While perusing the International Association of Fire Fighters of Greater Kansas City Local 42 website,www.iaff42.org, in an attempt to find a rebuttal or comment directed to the Kansas City Council, strangely none were posted. That tells you a lot about the character of this organization. No complaints about the vote, and tend to the business at hand, offering fire protection to Kansas City Missouri, in the best way possible.
Also found in this budget was a what amounts to a $5 million bribe to the Kansas City Police Department if they agree to join the City’s health care plan. Just so it’s clear, subtract $7.6 million here, spend $5 million there and where does the other $2.6 million go? We’ll just have to wait and see on this, there will be more to come on this budget.
For more details on the Kansas City budget go to: www.kansascity.com/2012/03/29/3523208/fire-department-takes-76-million.html