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KCMO City Council Reacts To Proposed City Budget

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Kansas City, Missouri City Manager Troy Schulte’s recently proposed budget recommendations for 2012 include a number of cuts, most notably a reduction of more than 100 positions in the fire department. On Wednesday, Fire Chief Smokey Dyer told the City Council’s public safety committee that the proposed cuts would violate national fire safety standards.

In the first portion of Friday's Up to Date, KCMO City Council member Scott Wagner and Kansas City Star editorial board member Yael Abouhalkah discuss Schulte’s proposed cuts, the budgeting process, and other issues facing the council, including setting up a special transportation district to help fund a streetcar system.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.