Opinion

City spending puts wants before needs

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Excelsior Springs is a beautiful and historic community, and our current city officials have approved spending for several amenities here over the past few years. Every amenity comes with costs, though, and it’s important to understand the financial impacts to our community. 

What follows is a cautionary tale of how city officials ended up spending almost $6 million above operating revenues on the golf course in the past seven years, including over $1.5 million of money taken from the general fund to cover operating losses and $1.5 million borrowed from Kearney Trust Company.