Governance in Kansas City, MO has many levels. The main governing body is the City Council which consists of eight members elected from single-member districts for four year terms with half being elected every two years. There are five committees in the council and all have a set number of members and each committee sets its own agenda items that include issues such as finance, transportation/public works, public safety, education/youth opportunities, neighborhood development & community relations coordination; planning & economic development; land use zoning& subdivision regulation (land division); health& human services; libraries& culture resources or utilities including water supply (sewerage) treatment facilities disposal system maintenance roads bridges airport parking garages stadiums transit systems etc..
History of the Government of Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, Missouri was founded in 1838 by the council of three men and a judge. The city is one of only four municipalities that has operated under the Kansas City charter since it was adopted in 1920; all other cities have replaced their charters at least once. It is governed by a mayor-council system, with much power concentrated within either the office of the mayor or in its seven-member Board of Commissioners. In addition to these two entities there are numerous traditional departments which primarily exist to carry out policies and programs established by those two groups: Planning & Economic Development; Health& Human Services; Public Works (including Parks, Recreation and Library); Finance; Police; Fire Department Emergency Medical Service Public Safety Communications(KCPD); Public Service, KC Parks & Recreation Department.
Kansas City has had a problem with political corruption in the past that includes over 100 convictions of public officials for various offenses including bribery, but since 2001 most of these involved federal or county government rather than the city itself. In February 2012 it was reported by The Kansas City Star newspaper that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was investigating at least 20 people and three companies doing business with the city related to possible bribes paid to several Missouri state senators between 2005-2012 as well as other acts involving local politicians who work outside their elected offices while still receiving compensation from taxpayers. A particular focus is on contracts awarded during this time period connected to improvements along Brush Creek which runs through a portion of Kansas City.
The city has had problems with the racial divide which causes a disparity in power between neighborhoods. The African American community is concentrated south of Brush Creek while most white residents live north of it; this was done purposefully to separate the communities and reduce conflict during much of Kansas City’s history as there have been various incidents that occurred up through the 1960s (see Race & ethnicity in Kansas City, Missouri). Although racism still exists towards minority groups, they are now more evenly dispersed throughout all areas than before. Crime rates remain high despite numerous initiatives by police forces over time including taking down corruption rings such as one uncovered within KCPD itself where some officers were making money selling confiscated drugs illegally themselves or working together with drug doing crimes behind their backs until being discovered.
Kansas City has also been growing as more people move to the city each year with a population increase of over 30% in the last decade alone, but still about half of that for Missouri overall which grew by less than 20%. This is mostly due to much lower cost of living compared to nearby “bedroom” communities such as Overland Park and Olathe though it does not raise property values or taxes (except on commercial) throughout most neighborhoods since there are only certain areas considered desirable even if this means moving further away from downtown where jobs remain scarce at best despite numerous initiatives including one called Kansas City Startup Village led by high-profile local entrepreneur Matthew Marcus who currently serves as its chairman. Today the city has a population of over 470,000 people with about 650,000 in the metropolitan area (2019 U.S. Census).