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Mayor Lucas Delivers State of the City Address

Highlights budget priorities including public safety, mental health, affordable housing, Zero Fare Transit, better delivery of basic City services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas today delivered his inaugural State of the City Address to the Kansas City Council at Center High School, where he highlighted the housing, transportation, public safety and basic services progress made during his first six months in office, and previewed the City’s budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. The FY20 budget will be presented to the City Council tomorrow, followed by several public budget hearings to offer Kansas Citians an opportunity to weigh in on how their taxpayer dollars are being spent.

“This new mayor and new City Council—many of whom are first-time Council members—have only been in office for six months; but I think these past six months have been more positive, more consequential, than my last four years as a City Councilman—largely because of the passion my colleagues bring to our jobs each and every day to help working men and women in our community,” said Mayor Lucas.

“The budget you’ll see tomorrow is the most equitable one many of us likely have ever seen in this city,” continued Mayor Lucas. “It tells everybody in this city that they matter, and their neighborhoods, their issues—and, for our workers, their pay—matter. But, it’s only a beginning of our work to build the community our residents and our children deserve.”