Commentary: Kansas City must cut budget with care

This editorial appeared in The .

Zoo lovers, get ready for another budget battle at City Hall.

So should Kansas Citians who support Liberty Memorial, those who want to put dozens of new police officers on the street, and neighborhood residents who expect pickups for bulky items.

The city faces a potential $60 million shortfall in its next budget of around $1.3 billion.

Tax revenues are expected to be flat, while costs are projected to increase for employee salaries, health and pension benefits, utilities, building repairs and the city’s recycling program. Painful choices are ahead.

But it’s already clear that City Hall should be moving to reduce personnel, ask employees to pay more for health care and trim the city’s future obligations for its overly generous pension systems.

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