Missouri Amendment 4 moot in Kansas City police budget discussions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eyeing their biggest police budget yet, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners started the discussion Tuesday at its firs...

November 22, 2022
8:24 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eyeing their biggest police budget yet, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners started the discussion Tuesday at its first meeting since Missouri voters passed Amendment 4 last week. Even though Missouri voters raised the minimum budget for the Kansas City Police Department, functionally there has been no real change. Amendment 4 required the city to fund police at 25% of its general revenue. But that percentage is actually lower than what Kansas City typically spends. But the situation reflects the continuing conflict between those wanting local versus state control of the police department.

Jacob Kittilstad