Dear friend of Platte County!
I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with fellow Platte County Commissioners Ron Schieber and John Elliott and wanted to share some of what we’ve been up to with you. Common threads are: protecting taxpayers, prioritizing Public Safety, and setting up the County for long-term success. Over the past two years we have:
20. Increased transparency with administrative session documents now accessible online and free audio provided by the County Clerk.
19. Increased accessibility by holding Friday morning community coffees (84 so far) to hear from constituents around the County.
18. Implemented long-term planning with10-year budgets for the first time.
17. Implemented regular department head one-on-one meetings to better support our departments, constituents, and other officeholders.
16. Consolidated eight department heads down to five and further consolidated staff.
15. Hired a new insurance broker saving several hundred thousand dollars on employee healthcare expenses.
14. Fought for taxpayers on common sense legislation in Jefferson City to make construction and certain maintenance projects more affordable.
13. Started increasing emergency operational and Parks reserves.
12. Partnered with the City of Parkville to transition Platte Landing Park to the City’s ownership.
11. Sold Shiloh Springs Golf Course saving taxpayers several hundred thousand dollars per year. (It is seeing many improvements as a privately-owned golf course.)
10. Worked with the Sheriff’s Office to decrease medical examiner expenses.
9. Worked with the Sheriff to prioritize Public Safety by:
- modestly increasing deputy salaries to slow the personnel bleed,
- partnering with school districts to increase on-site school resource officers,
- increasing the number of deputies on patrol, and
- expanding work space for the cyber-crimes unit.
8. Supported the Prosecutor in getting maximum sentences for child molesters and expanded the Prosecutor’s tight work space.
7. Assisted IT to better secure the County’s data.
6. Fixed an underfunded Neighborhood Improvement District bond at no cost to the County.
5. Started bringing buildings back up to good repair.
4. Appointed taxpayer-minded board members on over a dozen boards.
3. Passed an ordinance blocking state fees on certain cell phones.
2. Passed three taxpayer protection/no developer welfare ordinances.
1. Filed suit to protect taxpayers regarding the Zona Rosa infrastructure bond shortfall, which the bond trustee demanded the County immediately pay in a Notice of Default. We have asked the court to provide a judgment regarding the County’s legal rights, which will help to resolve the matter responsibly and efficiently. Because the bonds issued are revenue bonds, the sole source of funding for repayment comes from a 1% sales tax within Zona Rosa. It is contrary to the Missouri Constitutuion for the County to incur this debt without taxpayer approval. Fortunately, 10 days ago the court ruled in favor of the County, denying the bond trustee a judgment that would have required the County to immediately pay just the December bond shortfall payment of almost $800,000. We are very fortunate to have law firm Graves Garrett represent the County. The trial is set for May 24, 2019 for the court to decide the County’s legal rights regarding the revenue shortfall, which could reach between $17 to $40 million.
Thank you for the opportunity to work with proactive departments and officeholders to set Platte County up for long-term success. We would enjoy chatting with you. For our weekly Friday Coffee with the Commissioners calendar, administrative session documents, or session audio, please go to the County’s website at www.co.platte.mo.us and click on “Commission Calendar & Session Items.”
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Commissioner, 1st District
Platte County, Missouri