Economy

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

Dry fountains may be the end result of the recession in Kansas City.
Dry fountains may be the end result of the recession in Kansas City. Keith Myers / Kansas City Star / MCT

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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