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Pensions cited for city budget belt tightening

Posted February 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

By LESLIE COLLINS
Northeast News
February 19, 2014

“This is a budget that reflects a harsh reality,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James told members of the city council on Feb. 6. “We had to come to grips with our pension issue.”

Beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015, the city will fully fund the actuarial required contribution for all pensions which equates to a pension funding increase of nearly $15 million for the new fiscal year.

“We can’t spread it out, we can’t make it any less painful,” James said of the pension funding increase. “We are stuck with what we negotiated.”

Due to this funding increase, City Manager Troy Schulte is proposing to eliminate 110 positions in city departments and eliminate 30 fire department positions for FY 2014-15.

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    Vandals fail to understand sacrifice of veterans

     

    By Leslie Collins
    Northeast News
    November 9, 2011

    I stood, angry.

    A U.S. veterans memorial had been vandalized.

    Just a month ago, hundreds had gathered at Kansas City’s Washington Square Park Sept. 28 to watch the unveiling of the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial.

    Some had stood closely to the memorial searching for the names of friends, family or neighbors who sacrificed their lives in a war that soon became forgotten.

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    “We can make this a great place again.”

    May 11, 2011

    (Editor’s Note: We thought Northeast resident Brett Mach made excellent points in his letter to the editor and upgraded his status to our guest columnist of the week. Mach recently graduated from William Jewell with a degree in Humanities.)

    Although I hate to bring up old news, I have just got around to reading The Pitch’s 4/24 feature on the tragic death of the Northeast’s own

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