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Kansas City is growing and with the largest budget in the City's history more money is going to initiatives residents care about. The City is leading the way through inclusive growth and development, investment in connecting the community, housing and healthy communities, public safety, and infrastructure and accessibility.

On February 8, Mayor Quinton Lucas and City Manager Brian Platt presented the historic Fiscal Year 2024-25 budget to the City Council for review and approval. The City will host three community meetings where residents can engage with the proposed budget and ensure elected officials know where they would like to see tax dollars spent.

"In late 2020, City Hall faced a $70 million budget shortfall, leading to the shuttering of vital city services, ongoing disrepair for our roads and infrastructure, and woefully low pay for our City employees. Consideration of mass layoffs and tax and fee increases were among the thoughts considered to address this crisis. Today, I am proud to say we are in Kansas City's strongest fiscal position ever, with a record high rainy-day fund balance, strong credit ratings, and we have reduced unnecessary spending, taking on fewer risky debt obligations and have improved the delivery of important city services across the community," said Mayor Quinton Lucas.

In the 2024-25 budget, the City is entering a period of continued revenue growth. Highlights in the proposed budget include:

Public Safety
  • Fully fund Kansas City Police Department personnel exceeding their budget request.
  • Funding for 150 new officer recruits
  • Proposing pay raises for all officers and a $15,000 or 30 percent increase in starting salaries from $50,000 up to $65,000 for Kansas City Police Officers.
  • Provides wage increases with the goal to remain competitive in the region at recruiting top public safety professionals for both Police and Fire.
  • Creates a KCPD hiring and retention incentive of $2,500 per employee program to recruit and retain positions the department is finding difficult to hire.
  • $7M dedicated toward violence intervention and prevention and continue to bolster our Partners for Peace program which helped more than 500 people impacted by shootings in 2023, giving them resources to heal and lead a successful life.
  • Prioritizes solutions to address emergency call wait times.
  • Adds $500,000 for Citywide Camera Replacement.
  • Includes more than $30M toward fleet and Fire Department infrastructure improvements.
  • Continues replacement of fleet at or beyond its lifecycle replacing 12 new ambulances.

Infrastructure & Accessibility
  • $34.8M toward another year of historic street resurfacing and street infrastructure work throughout the city with a goal of over 400 lane miles again this year to reduce the number of future potholes and allow smoother and safer driving for all.
  • Additional funding of $4.0M for Vision Zero/safer streets improvements, 8 times more than last year. Vision Zero is designed to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Kansas City streets by 2030 while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
  • Funding for enhanced snow removal operations originally implemented in 2022.
  • Fleet vehicle replacements including new street sweepers, zero emissions electric vehicles, additional snow removal trucks, and the City's first fully electric trash truck
  • Continuation of the City's LED streetlight conversion to reduce carbon emissions, provide better lighting, and a multimillion dollar decrease in energy and maintenance costs
  • $5M in GO Bond funding for sidewalk improvements and $2.5M toward ADA corner improvements, along with an additional $600,000 in funding toward ADA improvements.

Housing & Healthy Communities
  • Purchasing and delivering 170,000 trash carts to residents in every single district following the 2023 delivery of citywide recycling cart delivery across the city
  • Provides an additional $800,000 to fund the current demand for the Right to Counsel program for total funding of $2.4M. This funding will help provide legal assistance and support to individuals facing eviction.
  • Prioritizes $6.0M annually for year two of five dedicated to Violence Intervention and Prevention.
  • Appropriates $12.5M for year two of four in the Housing Trust Fund from GO Bonds for affordable housing initiatives at no additional cost to residents.
  • $1M to continue the expansion of Kansas City's tree canopy and goal of planting 10,000 trees over three years.
  • Addition of $1.5M for Dangerous Building Demolition.
  • Neighborhood Empowerment Grants funded at $400,000.
  • Continued expansion of bulky item collection
  • $250,000 toward expanded litter cleanup across all districts.
  • $1M to mitigate lead in soils of vacant properties in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood and to prepare the property for use as infill housing.
  • $200,000 funding for launching a citywide mural arts program.

Inclusive Growth & Development
  • Investments in Kansas City as a destination:
    • $5.0M for World Cup preparations.
    • $2.3M increase to VisitKC, the economic development organization dedicated to tourism in Kansas City to attract visitors and conventions to Kansas City.
  • Investments in Kansas City as a place for small businesses:
    • Continued investment of $500,000 for small businesses and $200,000 for restaurant incentives.
  • $3.8M for T-Mobile Center capital maintenance and repairs.

Finance & Governance
  • Kansas City Employees will continue to receive meaningful salary increases across the board. For non-union employees increases will be 3.5%.
  • Continues Investments in the Equity Office and Improving Accessibility of City Services:
    • Appropriates $375,000 for Language Access Initiatives.
    • Adds $1.0M of funding for a new Refugee and Immigrant Services program.
    • Dedicates $210,000 for the Reparations Committee.
  • $2.0M for capital repairs at the American Jazz and Negro League Baseball (NLB) Museums.
  • $100K One Percent for Art conservation and maintenance.

The budget transmittal letter is available online, along with the entire proposed budget, at KCMO.gov/budget.

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Comprehensive 2024-25 Budget Timeline
  • February 8, Mayor & City Manager's budget delivered to Mayor and City Council.
  • February 8, Submitted Budget presented to City Council in Business Session.
  • February 15, Introduction of Budget Ordinance in Legislative Session.
  • February 21, Budget Ordinances will be heard in the Finance, Governance, and Public Safety Committee.
  • February 24, South Kansas City Public Budget Hearing, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: Southeast Community Center (4201 E 63rd Street).
  • March 2, Central Public Budget Hearing (hybrid), 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: Council Chambers, 26th Floor of City Hall (414 E. 12th Street).
    Parking for residents attending the meeting will be free. Please bring your ticket into City Hall for validation.
  • March 4, Public Budget Hearing, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. (5340 Choteau Trafficway).
  • March 27, Finance, Governance, and Public Safety Committee considers the 2024-2025 Budget.
  • March 28, City Council adopts the 2024-2025 Budget.

For links to the virtual meetings and to read the full budget, visit KCMO.gov/budget. The budget will be adopted by the City Council in late March. The new fiscal year starts May 1, 2023.

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