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Council members look to tighten spending rules after Mayweather controversy

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A Kansas City Council committee recommended Wednesday that the full council tighten rules for spending in the wake of a $15,000 controversy.

The city manager now has the authority to spend $15,000 at his discretion without any oversight by the council. City Manager Troy Schulte last year signed off on a request to bring controversial boxer Floyd Mayweather to Kansas City for an event.

The city's ethics committee agreed that the city manager's discretionary spending should be capped at $10,000. The city manager would have to disclose all requests for taxpayer funds and the council could halt any expenditure from occurring.

Councilwoman Jan Marcason, who is chairwoman of the committee, said this is about ensuring tax dollars are spent wisely, but still giving the city manager decision-making powers. She said the changes had been in the works for a year, and maintained they were separate from the Mayweather issues.

"If that is going to happen, it's done in a way that's transparent," she said. "And there is some oversight by the council."

The proposed change after the controversy involving Schulte's handling of a request by Councilman Michael Brooks. When Schulte approved the request by one of his bosses, he said he was unaware that Mayweather had served time last year on a domestic violence charge. Questions began to be raised about the city funding the planned youth enrichment and anti-violence event, with some saying Mayweather was an unfit role model to discuss anti-violence.

The event never occurred. So the city demanded repayment. Except the check has been cashed.

Ossco Bolton successfully sought the $15,000, but he never signed a contract with the city to receive it.

And the city's efforts to voluntarily get repaid have been unsuccessful to date, and city leaders admitted Wednesday that they are unlikely to go to court to get the money back.

The internal auditor, Roy Greenway, said Wednesday that he is making progress on his investigation in the $15,000 issue, but offered no timetable for completing his scrutiny.

The Kansas City Police Department was also asked to look into the issue, and no word on where that review stands.

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