Difficult budget decisions — including shutting off fountains — confront KC officials

March 16, 2009 

A shutdown of Kansas City's flowing fountains. A dramatic cutback in Kemper Arena events. A big reduction in international contacts.

Those are just a few of the possible results of Kansas City’s historic budget woes.

In fact, some already are planned — the city’s annual Fountain Day has been canceled and, for now at least, officials plan to leave the fountains dry this year.

While everyone is talking about a proposed cut to the city’s $2 million Truman Sports Complex subsidy, there are other serious implications for city services and amenities as the City Council stares down an $85 million shortfall.

The countdown is on for city leaders to erase that gap and adopt a balanced budget March 26.

Read the complete story at kansascity.com

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