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Council adopts budget for 2020-2021

Post Date:03/27/2020 11:49 AM

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2020

The City Council has adopted a $1.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 that includes $4.8 million toward funding a program to make bus transportation free for Kansas City passengers.

Zero Fare Transit now heads to Ride KC for implementation, based on finding additional efficiencies and resources to fully fund the program.

This adopted budget reflects the priorities of our residents and emphasizes our commitment to improving trash collection and repairing more roads.

A few highlights from Thursday’s budget discussion:

  • Public Safety (Police and Fire) expense totals $486.5 million, representing an increase of $16.8 million from last year
  • $500,000 for small businesses harmed by COVID-19 restrictions
  • Restores funding for the KC Film Commission
  • Extends the 2019 Earnings Tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest

“When working to adjust a budget in an uncertain time, we cannot first look to cut the very services our working class families rely on," Mayor Quinton Lucas said. "I am proud that this Council has remained committed to funding the priorities everyday Kansas Citians need, including tenants’ rights, mental health, free buses, road infrastructure and supporting our police and firefighters."

This adopted budget increases Public Works to $144.2 million, a significant increase to repair more streets, repaint more crosswalks and improve garage maintenance.

The Neighborhood and Housing Services budget increases to $79.5 million to support our efforts to operate trash collection citywide, increase funding for recycling, animal shelter operations, leaf and brush disposal and nuisance abatement.

The new budget goes into effect with the start of the fiscal year on May 1. Councilmembers acknowledge that the COVID-19 outbreak will impact the upcoming year’s budget. City staff will monitor changes in tax revenue and make appropriate recommendations to the City Council.

The council also implemented a hiring freeze for most regular positions as well as limited-term contracts for consultants. That decision may be re-evaluated in 60 days. For budget information, visit kcmo.gov/budget and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @KCMO and the Budget Office @KCMOBudget.

Media contact: Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, 816-513-3474.

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