Kansas City, Kansas

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Kansas City, Kansas is one of the five largest cities in Kansas. Kansas City and Wyandotte County have a unified government. Kansas City's population is 145,786.[1]

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Transparency grading process

This website was most recently evaluated on Feb. 25, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[2]
    • Contact information for other elected officials including sheriff, register of deeds and district attorney are also posted.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[4]
    • Agendas are archived to 2006.[5]
    • Meeting minutes are archived to 2006.[6]
  • Administration
    • Contact information for county administration is posted.[7]
  • Budget
    • Current budget is posted,[8]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.[9]
  • Audit
    • Audits are posted and archived to 2001.[10]
  • Taxes
    • Property tax levy rates are posted.[11]
    • Property taxes may be paid online.[12]
  • Contracts
    • Bid and contract information is posted.[13]
    • Current bids are posted.[14]
    • Bid tabulations posted.[15]
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Building permits are posted.[16]
    • Zoning ordinance is posted.[17]
  • Public Records
    • Information on and a form to submit public records requests are posted.[18]
    • A Freedom of Information Officer is listed with contact information.[19]
  • LObbying
    • The public relations department describes its duties as including legislative lobbying.[20]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • The amount of money spent on Taxpayer-funded lobbying is not posted
    • The county does not post membership in associations that lobby the state and federal government.

Public employees

Elected officials

2011 Board of Commissioners[2]
Name District
Rev. Mark Holland At-large, District 1
John J. Mendez At-large, District 2
Nathaniel Barnes 1
Brian McKiernan 2
Ann Brandau-Murguia 3
Tarence Maddox 4
Mike Kane 5
Angela Markley 6
Thomas R. Cooley 7
Benoyd M. Ellison 8

Administrative officials

The mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, is Joe Reardon. Wyandotte County's administrator is Dennis Hays.[21] Reardon won an award in 2011 for his work attracting Google to the Kansas City area.[22]

Budget

2012 Budget Revenues[23]
Source Revenue % of Total
Property Tax $76,404,818 29%
Sales Tax $38,917,810 15%
Franchise Tax $36,740,440 14%
Other Taxes $24,704,464 9%
Charges for Service $45,924,850 17%
Intergovt. Revenues $11,336,256 4%
Interest Income $1,858,100 1%
Fines/Fees $10,062,450 4%
Fund Balance $2,481,111 1%
Other $15,399,565 6%
Total $263,829,864 100%
2012 Budget Expenditures[23]
Area Expenditures % of Total
Public Safety $122,881,760 46%
Public Works $59,670,955 23%
Community Services $52,038,373 20%
Administration $18,402,791 7%
Judicial Services $7,391,591 3%
Other $3,444,394 1%
Total $263,829,864 100%

Retirement costs

The unified government has $180 million in unfunded liabilities for county employees' retirement benefits. The ratio of these liabilities to current payroll is 165.8%.[24]

Board of public utilities

Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS, has $21 million in unfunded liabilities for the BPU pension plan, and $42.1 in unfunded liabilities for the BPU other post-employment benefits.[24]

Taxes

The 2012 mill levy for Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS, is 81.396, up from 74.711 in 2011.[23]

Economic development

In 2011, Kansas City, KS, won its pitch to have Google select the city as the site of its new Fiber Project, whose goal is to develop super-fast internet access. Kansas City came out ahead of 1,100 other cities that applied, including Topeka, KS, which even went so far as to rename itself Google for a day in an effort to secure the Google project.[25]

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "QuickFacts," accessed November 21, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 County Commissioners
  3. Other Elected Officials
  4. Minutes and Agendas
  5. Archived Agendas
  6. Archived Minutes
  7. Administration
  8. Budget
  9. Budget Archives
  10. Audits
  11. Taxes
  12. Pay Taxes Online
  13. Purchasing
  14. Bids
  15. Bid Tabulations
  16. Building Permits
  17. Zoning
  18. Public Records Request
  19. FOI Officer
  20. Public Relations Office
  21. Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas, "Government," accessed November 20, 2011
  22. Kansas City Examiner, "KC Mayors Win OneKC Award," accessed November 20, 2011
  23. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named budg
  24. 24.0 24.1 WYCOKCK "2010 CAFR," accessed November 20, 2011
  25. CBS News, "Google to boost Internet in Kansas City, Kan.," accessed November 20, 2011