KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Mo., city council’s Finance and Ethics Committee met Monday to amend its ethics policies following a $15,000 payout for an event that never happened.
It was about a year ago that the mayor's Commission on Ethics first presented a report looking at best practices and ethics throughout the country.
Since that presentation, an incident has brought the issue of ethics to the forefront for the city.
Four months ago, city manager Troy Schulte approved a request for funds from Councilman Michael Brooke and Ossco Bolton, executive director of the youth group P.O.S.S.E.
The request for was for $15,000 to bring boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Kansas City for a youth mentoring program. But the event never happened, and the city never got a refund.
Council members want new policies to keep incidents like that from ever happening again.
"We just need to be transparent. If there is a request outside of the normal channels we need to be aware of it and if it’s a large expense. We need to be aware of it and see if that’s an appropriate expenditure or if there is something else that we think will be more appropriate," Councilwoman Jan Marcason said.
On Wednesday, Schulte demanded the city get its money back.
But Bolton said it's already gone and spent, and now he's planning another youth summit with Floyd Mayweather Sr. this month at Arrowhead Stadium.
He said the youth deserve an event.
"We act like there's only one group of taxpayers out there," Bolton said in a phone interview Wednesday. "It's not like the money belongs to the city. We're all taxpayers, I'm part of the city. I don't work for the city, the city works for me ... I didn't do anything wrong."
Until this week, the city manager had sole authority to decide the financial requests he deemed appropriate.
If the full council approves the changes on Thursday, all council members must be made aware of all financial requests from now on.
Bolton plans to make his plans public about the Floyd Mayweather Sr. event on Friday.
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