Light em up

Northeast News
December 14, 2016

That’s right folks, light up that city hall switchboard and let your elected representatives know that you don’t want the PIAC system revised in any way, shape or form. Tell ’em the Newsdog told ya to call, too!
You heard right folks: this past week a city council committee discussed revising the current PIAC system that directs spending on capital improvements projects in each council district, to give the city manager control over 65% of those funds for discretionary spending purposes. It’s called PIAC for a reason. Public Improvements Advisory Committee, emphasis on the committee part. Neighborhood associations, civic organizations and even individual citizens offer testimony on a variety of projects, ranging from multi-million dollar improvement projects to individual streetlight and alley paving projects. Each council district has a PIAC representative who hears testimony and prioritizes projects based on the greatest need to the community. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work, government from the bottom up, citizens taking an active role in their government.
But with the new revisions being discussed, the city manager would have authority over 65% of the PIAC budget, creating a huge slush fund for pet projects that could easily include cost over-runs from the toy train streetcar that’s already hemorrhaging cash. Apparently the city manager and council don’t trust the public or their PIAC representatives to direct capital spending in this here-now town. Keep in mind this is the same city manager that, with 3rd District Council support, tried to direct over $27 million that we don’t have toward the ailing 18th and Vine district, despite the fact that over $100 million has already been dumped there over a 20-year period with little or nothing to show for it. Giving the city manager the sole authority over roughly $45.5 million per annum leaves this conservative newspooch shuddering in our lil’ doggie boots.
Residents need to call City Hall and let their elected representatives know they don’t want the PIAC system manipulated to take away spending direction from neighborhoods. While the current system isn’t perfect, it gives the citizen taxpayer a voice in city government.

Comments are closed.

  • Follow the Money – right out of town

    October 18th, 2017
    by

    One might think that with all the hub-bub surrounding the upcoming vote on the new single terminal airport, that there […]


    Honoring the fallen heroes of HNE

    October 11th, 2017
    by

    This week the Dog is taking a break from the critical analysis of public entities and their shortcomings to address a […]


    Braggin’ Rights

    October 4th, 2017
    by

    It’s that time of year again when newspapers from across the state of Missouri get to return home from the […]


    Same dance, different face

    September 27th, 2017
    by

    Last Friday Jackson County Executive Frank White announced that Teesha Miller, the County’s current Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Director, […]


    Elections have consequences

    September 20th, 2017
    by

    Last month Kansas City voters sent a clear message to the Toy Train Streetcar expansion cronies that an expansion of […]


  • Haters Gonna Hate

    September 13th, 2017
    by

    Last week this news-canine caught wind of some citizen dissatisfaction targeting our local business community along Independence Avenue. We’re not […]


    Things that make you go hmmm

    September 6th, 2017
    by

    Comedian Arsenio Hall often did a bit on his show entitled ‘things that make you go hmmmm’, while pointing his […]


    Shopping Local 101

    August 30th, 2017
    by

    Shop Local. The definitions of those two little words vary greatly depending on who you ask to define them. To […]


    History Erasing 101

    August 23rd, 2017
    by

    You knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time until this statue removal business came to this Cowtown, […]


    Bad Pennies

    August 16th, 2017
    by

    There’s an old adage about things that just keep showing up long after they’ve outlived their intended purpose being compared […]


  • What’s Happening

    Shooting near Denver and Smart in Northeast KC

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News A shooting near the intersection of Denver and Smart Avenues in the Historic Northeast on […]

    retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

    NEKCHS 6th Annual Historic Homes Tour In Pendleton Heights

  • Local Weather