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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
City Supply of Public Goods
The City of Kansas
City in Missouri
serves a large population. The city delivers services such as social welfare,
public safety, and municipal services that include refuse collection and
emergency medical services. The city administration oversees the smooth running
of the international airport that is broadly known as MCI and the smaller
municipal airport that is known as CharlesB.WheelerAirport in downtown Kansas City. City management is responsible
for overseeing the effective operation of the city’s parks, community centers,
and golf courses. The city also provides fire and police protection to its
growing population. Bridges and street maintenance, street lighting and traffic
light maintenance, sewage and water treatment, and overseeing the welfare of
zoo animals are examples of the city’s day to day operations and management
procedures. On the other hand, the city provides social services to those who
are in need. Caring for every sector of the city is a good way of ensuring all
are served well and that equitable distribution of resources go side by side
with the concept of efficiency. According to Hyman (2011), eliminating wasted
effort leads to more production from resources that are available for use. Thus,
city management is making every effort to ensure effective delivery and use of
The following is a breakdown of
the city expenditure on the various departments that make the operation of the
city a reality. Tax collection is a major source of revenue for the City of Kansas City. General
economic malaise and the effects of persistent depression have had adverse
effects on the smooth running of the city (kcmo.org, 2012).
City of Kansas City
Expenditure on Police:
2010-11: 191,363,123-There has been an increase in expenditure from the previous FY.
2011-12: 196,489,763- There has been an
increase in expenditure from the previous FY.
City of Kansas City
Expenditure on Health:
2010-11: 22,908,958-There was an
increase of expenditure from the previous years.
2011-12: 23,311,688-A decrease was seen
from the previous FY expenditure.
Neighborhood and Community Service:
2010-11: 28,978,888-An increase was
seen from the past FY expenditure.
2011-12: 25,183,986-There was a decrease
from the past FY expenditure.
There have been economic
imbalances and variations in expenditure as can be seen from the city’s
expenditure for the noted departments. Such imbalances and variations may have
been caused by the slowing of the nation’s economy and the global economic
meltdown that started in 2008.
States and the federal
government at times experience budget deficits and budget surpluses. When there
is excess spending in government over government receipts, there is a
probability of budget deficit. When there is excess of government receipts over
government spending, governments experience budget surpluses. Governments often
find themselves facing the challenges of fiscal budgets. To overcome the burden
of budget deficits, governments turn to the public to borrow what is necessary
to cover the deficit. This is done to ensure the effective operations of
government and avoid government shutdown.
Hyman, D.N. (2011). Public
finance: A contemporary application of
theory to policy. Thousand Oaks,
CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Kcmo.org (2012). City of Kansas City, Mo. Submitted
activity budget FY2012-13. Retrieved