KCMO budget

Every year, city officials face the challenge of balancing the Kansas City, Mo. budget. On this edition of Up To Date, Steve Kraske speaks with the city's Budget Officer Scott Huizenga and Director of city communications Chris Hernandez about what goes into— and comes out of— the Kansas City budget.

Kansas City, Mo., residents had one of their last chances to speak out about the city's proposed budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year Saturday.

The biggest issues were incoming cuts to cultural facilities like the American Jazz Museum and safety net health clinics. The Jazz Museum alone stands to lose $125,000 in funding.

Kansas City, Missouri officials have made their first public comments on the proposed city budget for next year, including the proposed one-year wage freeze.

With a 3.5 percent spending increase in the plan and millions more for the fire department, some are asking why there won't be employee raises. 

City Manager Troy Schulte said it comes down to dollars and cents: raises vs. jobs.

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte have unveiled their proposal for next year's city budget. 

The mayor and city manager would increase city spending 3.5 percent next year, with the largest area of increase  for the fire department. 

That roughly $10 million is primarily to cover costs of operating the city ambulance system. City communications director Chris Hernandez said more than $700,000 of that is for installing new equipment on fire trucks to create a larger force for medical emergency response. 

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the council are having their final meetings this week and next over the city's budget, which is more than a billion dollars.