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Eight takeaways from Kansas City’s budget

As part of the city’s plan to raze abandoned houses to help fight crime, a crew from Dale Brothers was busy last month doing just that. The remains of this house at 1223 Askew Ave., on the city’s northeast side, were being hauled away.
As part of the city’s plan to raze abandoned houses to help fight crime, a crew from Dale Brothers was busy last month doing just that. The remains of this house at 1223 Askew Ave., on the city’s northeast side, were being hauled away. rsugg@kcstar.com

Kansas City’s budget has changed dramatically over the past few years, reflecting economic changes, cuts and some growth.

Here are key takeaways from prior budgets and the latest budget proposal:

1. Sales tax collections: up from $150.8 million in 2010-11 to $230 million projected 2016-17.

2. Property tax collections: $120 million in 2010-11 to projected $121 million in 2016-17.

3. Earnings tax collections: $196 million in 2010-11 to projected $240 million in 2016-17.

4. Change in average monthly household water/sewer bills: $65 in 2011-12 vs. $102 in 2015-16 and $110 projected in 2016-17.

5. Total city workforce, including police: 7,582 in 2007-08 vs. 6,813 projected in 2016-17.

6. Total public safety spending (police, fire, municipal court): $338 million in 2010-11 vs. $399 million in 2015-16 and $413 million projected in 2016-17.

7. Total economic development tax increment financing and subsidies: $62 million in 2010-11 vs. $75 million in 2015-16 and projected $83 million in 2016-17.

8. Total contributions to employee pensions: $51.6 million in 2010-11 vs. $80 million in 2015-16 and projected $80 million for 2016-17.

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Source: Kansas City Budget Office

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