I posted this yesterday on KC Dog Advocate's facebook page, but think some here may find this of interest. Some other news coming later today...
On April 5, KCMO will vote on whether or not to renew the city's 1% earnings tax -- that is taxed on all people who live or work in Kansas City, MO. If the voters vote on Tuesday to eliminate the earnings tax, the tax will be phased out over the next 10 years.
We have had a few people ask how the earnings tax would impact animal control and the shelter -- so here are the best numbers we can find -- somewhat rounded for sanity purposes:
KCMO has a total budget of about $1.25 billion
Of that, about $469 million is in the General Fund. The rest of the money is earmarked for specific projects (ie, if we pass a tax specifically for police, or public transit, that money cannot move from that allocation. So only the money in the General Fund can significantly change what it is spent on).
The Earnings tax makes up roughly $188 million (40%) of the city's general fund (about 15% of the city's total budget)
Animal Control (including the ACOs and the shelter contract) are a part of the Neighborhood and Community Services Budget. The entire Neighborhood and Community Services budget is $26.75 million -- of which $22.9 million is funded out of the city's General Fund (about 5% of General Fund).
Of the entire NCS budget, $2.5 million is used for animal control and the shelter contract (the animal control budget makes up 9% of the NCS budget, and less than 1/2 of a percent of the total general fund).
In the grand scope of everything, the AC budget is just a spec of the city's larger budget, but with so much of the funding for NCS coming from the General Fund (and thus, the eTax), it would be negligent to say that the AC budget (and thus the shelter contract budget) would not be impacted in the short term by the removal of the eTax. How much would depend obviously on how the city allocated what resources were funded and how well the city does at replacing that revenue (either through other taxes, or by improving economic development).
From an animal welfare standpoint I have no recommendations on the eTax. If you are really curioius about my thoughts on the tax from a broader perspective, you can read that here.
It is really easy to not take an interest in local politics...but it is too important to not be involved.