Mayor introduces plan to fight city blight

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Mayor introduces plan to fight city blight

Postby FangKC » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:06 am

KC budget proposal calls for eliminating 800 dangerous buildings

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte on Thursday delivered to the City Council a fiscal year 2016-17 submitted budget that aims for greater financial stability and widespread elimination of blight.

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The submitted budget proposes a $10 million bond issue to eliminate the city’s approximately 800 registered dangerous buildings during the next two years. The budget calls for servicing the debt by reinvesting the city’s annual demolition budget of nearly $800,000 and an additional $500,000 that otherwise would have gone to the police department.

Additionally, the city said in a release, leaders are working on plans to make it easier and cheaper for residents to buy dangerous buildings and vacant properties for rehabilitation.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2016/02/11/kc-budget-proposal-calls-for-eliminating-800.html

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Re: Mayor introduces plan to fight city blight

Postby FangKC » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:09 am

City Manager, Mayor submit FY17 Budget, reveal bold new plan to eliminate blight

City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte delivered the City’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Submitted Budget to the City Council today. The submitted budget aligns with the goals established as part of the Citywide Business Plan to set the City on a path toward greater financial stability.

“The Fiscal Year 2016-17 Submitted budget reflects months of joint analysis and data-driven planning,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “We are pleased to announce that Kansas City’s revenue is the strongest it’s been in a decade, and we are leveraging that momentum to help revitalize Kansas City’s neighborhoods.”

As part of a bold new plan to eliminate blight and revitalize Kansas City neighborhoods, the Submitted Budget proposes a comprehensive $10 million bond issue to eliminate the City’s approximately 800 registered dangerous buildings over the next two years. The Submitted Budget will pay for annual bond debt service by reinvesting the City’s annual demolition budget of nearly $800,000 and an additional $500,000 that would have otherwise gone to the Police Department. Additionally, City leaders are working on plans to help make it easier and cheaper for residents to purchase dangerous buildings and vacant properties for rehabilitation.

“If they expect nothing else, Kansas Citians expect city government to take care of neighborhoods, and this budget, does just that,” James said. “The City Manager and I are fully committed to make sure we have clean, safe neighborhoods today and for the future.”

Interactive maps which pinpoint Kansas City’s dangerous buildings can be found online:
A digital Heat map of dangerous buildings: http://bit.ly/dbheatmap
A point map of dangerous buildings: http://bit.ly/kcdbmap
An interactive way to explore our dangerous buildings data: http://bit.ly/kcdbexplorer

In addition to new initiative to eliminate dangerous buildings, the FY 2016-17 Submitted Budget reflects a significant investment in neighborhood revitalization, code enforcement, staffing, and capital improvements. Highlights include:

Allocations to fund an assessment of staffing needs at the Kansas City Police Department.
Funding dedicated to ensuring that more Kansas City residents and business are hired for the City’s contractual work.
Targeted budget items to support codes enforcement throughout Kansas City.
Funding recommendations for the City’s many departments and programs can be found in line-item detail as part of the FY 2016-17 Submitted Budget, which can be found online at /finance. Kansas City is committed to using data and customer feedback to drive the decisions that will propel the City on the path toward a stronger and more innovative future.

Residents are invited to provide feedback regarding the Submitted Budget by attending scheduled budget meetings, submitting feedback online through KCMOmentum.org, or by participating in the City’s annual live budget twitter chat.

Saturday, February 20, 2016
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kansas City Police Department Regional Police Academy
6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road

Saturday, February 27, 2016
10 a.m. – 12p.m.
Kansas City Missouri Police East Patrol, Leon M. Jordan Campus
2640 Prospect

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
LIVE Budget twitter chat
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
@kcmo or by email at kcmosocial@kcmo.org

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Finance and Governance Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m.
City Hall
414 E. 12th Street

Saturday, March 5, 2016
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hillcrest Community Center
10401 Hillcrest Road


http://kcmo.gov/news/2016/city-manager-mayor-submit-fy17-budget/

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Re: Mayor introduces plan to fight city blight

Postby longviewmo » Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:19 pm

Looking at some of the outlying ones (and most of the ones west of Troost), it appears most of those are on the list due to fires.

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Re: Mayor introduces plan to fight city blight

Postby grovester » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:15 pm

That would not be surprising. The amount of over-insured properties is a bit alarming. The city usually has a demo bond, but it still might make more financial sense to bail than rehabilitate, particularly for greedy landlords.

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Re: Mayor introduces plan to fight city blight

Postby FangKC » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:18 pm

I would guess that houses lost to fire, that were not rebuilt, were because the property owner didn't carry any homeowner's insurance. Thus, there was no insurance money available to demolish the property, or rebuild it. The owner probably doesn't have the money to demolish the property out of their own funds, so it goes back to the county and ends up in the land bank.

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Re: Mayor introduces plan to fight city blight

Postby longviewmo » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:30 am

A surprising number were also pulled in the last month or two, and it takes time to fix stuff up from a fire.


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