KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. today has issued a veto of Ordinance 5352.
In special meeting of the County Legislature on Wednesday, June 3, a majority of the body voted in favor of the Ordinance despite a warning from the Jackson County Counselor’s Office prior to their vote that the Ordinance was in conflict with state law. This Ordinance also violates provisions of the County Charter, the County Code of Ordinances and the Rules of the Jackson County Legislature.
Ordinance 5352 proposes the use of federal CARES Act funds received by the County to make unlawful payments to certain county staff members. As outlined by the federal government, CARES Act funds must be used to address necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“As the chief elected official of Jackson County, I have a responsibility to ensure the monies we received are used appropriately and that taxpayers are not on the hook for any reckless actions by elected officials. I will continue, as I have in the past, to oppose any unlawful actions by the Legislature,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “During this unprecedented time, I have witnessed the hard work and dedication of our front-line associates to provide uninterrupted essential services to our residents. They deserve to be rewarded, but we cannot offer and expect them to accept illegal compensation. They deserve better.”
County Executive White’s veto message of Ordinances 5352 and the incorporated legal opinion, which provides further legal justification of his veto, are attached.