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Alzheimer's Foundation Check Presentation
FY 2017-18 Budget Adopted
Fall Fun Festival
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 National Night Out Against Crime

19th Annual National Night Out
Tuesday, October 3
5:30 - 8 p.m.
FREE Admission 

Bring the family to learn about police operations and general public safety information. 

Families, elected officials and neighboring businesses will be at this FREE event stepping out in the streets of downtown Blue Springs to take a stand against crime and drug abuse.

This event will offer food, entertainment, games and prizes! For more information, call 816-228-0178 or click here
 Fieldhouse Health & Wellness Event

Saturday, September 30
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
425 NE Mock Ave
FREE Celebration

Join us at the Fieldhouse for our second annual Health & Wellness Event! This year we will hold an Emergency Blood Drive and we will offer the following:

Breakout Sessions on Current Health Topics
Health Screenings
Door Prizes
And More!

For more information, click here
How to Open & Grow Your Business Expo 

Saturday, September 30
10 a.m. to Noon
Mid-Continent Public Library; 
Blue Springs South Branch
2220 SW Highway 7

Join us for this free event where entrepreneurs and business owners can connect with local resources, speak with financial institutions and more. 
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

To view the entire fall/winter schedule,   click here.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
Sept. 30, 9 to 10 a.m.
Dance and Tumbling, ages 3-6

Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson Street
October 7, 11 a.m. to noon
Bump City/Dragon Ninja

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
October 7, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open Swimming
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City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your on e-stop source for City information and news updates including information that's im portant to you.

The 2017-2018 Annual Budget of $68,306,425 was adopted on Monday, September 18. This budget includes implementation of the 5-Year Deferred Maintenance Parks Sales Tax, closure of the Pink Hill Recycling Center and other changes to our City. Keep reading this edition to learn more.

There are several great events coming up, including our How to Open & Grow Your Business Expo, the Blue Springs Fieldhouse's Health & Wellness Fair and the 19th Annual National Night Out Against Crime. Keep reading to learn more about how you can be involved in this great community.  

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
Alzheimer's Foundation Check Presentation

(Holding the check) Mayor Carson Ross, Cassie Wilson of the Alzheimer's Association- Heart of America Chapter, Mark Stehle- Mananging Partner, Texas Roadhouse. Also pictured: First Lady Eloise Ross and Blue Springs Texas Roadhouse staff .

On Tuesday, September 19,  I presented a check to the  Alzheimer's Association- Heart of America Chapter  for $2,650 on behalf of Texas Roadhouse. This was the amount raised by the winning Blue Springs team following the third annual Rib Eating Realy contest this summer against our nieghbor Grain Valley. 

I am happy to share that since we started this friendly competition, the amount raised has continued to increase with a total of $5,000 raised this year. Though team Blue Springs won, all money raised is split evenly between teams to give to their charity of choice.  I look forward to next year's competition and being able to give even more to this worthy cause.  
FY 2017-18 Budget Adopted

On September 18, 2017, the City Council adopted the FY 2017-18 annual budget of $68,336,425 effective October 1, 2017. The Proposed 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget is available online by clicking here

The budget represents the City's continued effort to provide residents with high value municipal services in a fiscally responsible manner that is in alignment with the 2015 Strategic Plan Framework and the 2014 Citizen Survey. The FY 2017-18 City budget includes areas where new revenue sources will allow the City to address deferred maintenance in the City's Parks system and other areas where operational expenditures must be reduced due to areas of minimal revenue growth.

Budget highlights include:
General Fund operating budget increases by .72% or $183,129. The personal services budget increases by 1.63%, materials and supplies are decreasing by .99%, contractual services increase by .45%, and capital outlay decreases by 14.31%.
  • A reduction in full time employees of 3.65 bringing total employment to 318.64 full time employees.
  • $2,850,000 for the construction of NE Roanoke Drive from Adams Dairy Parkway east to NE Porter Road.
  • The closure of the Recycling Center located in Pink Hill Park at 4 p.m. on October 1, 2017, due to rising costs of operations. Residents are encouraged to contact their local solid waste hauler for residential recycling solutions or to visit for regional recycling opportunities.
  • $50,000 to support the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) commuter bus service from Kansas City to Blue Springs. This service will be reduced from four buses to three buses in order to better accommodate current ridership and create budget efficiencies.
  • Implementation of the first year of the 5-Year Deferred Maintenance Parks Sales Tax.
  • 22.3% of all City funding supports public safety efforts.
Prior City Budgets can be reviewed on the City's website here thorugh OpenGov.
Fall Fun Festival 

This year marked another fun and successful  Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce  Fall Fun Festival!

On Saturday, I was joined in the parade by: First Lady Eloise and my daughter, Diana; District 1 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Dale Carter; District 1 Councilman Jerry Kaylor and his wife Debbie, District 2 Councilman Kent Edmonson and family; District 2 Councilman Chris Lievsay, his wife Grace his son Benjamin and his daughter Emily; and District 3 Councilman Susan Culpepper.  Special thanks to Pam Buck for coordinating this year's vehicles and to all of our drivers!
A big thank you to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event. I would like to thank the vendors, merchants, volunteers and businesses involved in helping to make this year's Fall Fun Festival a huge success!  

For more photos from Fall Fun Festival,  click here . 
I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support of our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families, visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation. 


Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.