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KC tightens limits on city manager’s spending

Updated: 2013-04-11T23:15:50Z

By MIKE HENDRICKS

The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Council gave final approval Thursday to new rules that restrict discretionary spending by the city manager.

The ordinance grew out of a controversy that arose when City Manager Troy Schulte authorized $15,000 for a youth mentoring event last fall that never happened. The city is still trying to recover the money from the event organizer.

From now on, Schulte will have to get council permission for spending $10,000 or more. Anything under $10,000 would be up to his discretion, but he’s required to report those disbursements to the council. Council members could object, forcing a review by the full body before the money is sent out.

Schulte has said he welcomes the restrictions because he gets many requests for funding.

Last November, he cut a $15,000 check to anti-gang activist Ossco Bolton.

Bolton wanted to bring boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Kansas City for a youth event, but critics objected, saying Mayweather was a poor role model because he was jailed for domestic violence. Bolton promised a replacement event, but that hasn’t happened yet.

To reach Mike Hendricks, call 816-234-4738, or send email to mhendricks@kcstar.com.

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