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Kansas City looks at taking over struggling jazz museum

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Two City Council members introduced an ordinance Thursday that asks officials to study the transfer of the American Jazz Museum to the Parks and Recreation Department by next spring. (AP) Two City Council members introduced an ordinance Thursday that asks officials to study the transfer of the American Jazz Museum to the Parks and Recreation Department by next spring. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -

A jazz museum that's plagued by operating losses and bounced checks to musicians could be headed for a takeover by Kansas City.

Officials say the American Jazz Museum, located at 1616 E 18 Street, is finding it difficult to operate and it’s still in debt.

The option on the table would give the museum $225,000 to help them get by. This is on top of the $500,000 the city already gives the museum to help them stay open throughout the year.

Some city council members hope the money will help the museum stay open.

The city's finance committee is also weighing the option to transfer the museum to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department in 2018. The department already manages other city-owned assets like the Kansas City Zoo and Starlight Theatre.

The 20-year-old museum currently operates in a city-owned building but under an independent board. The institution's financial difficulties became apparent earlier this year when performers from a May jazz festival realized their checks from the museum had bounced. Performers were owed $150,000 at one point.

Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte says there are no legal obstacles to a city takeover.

Finance committee members will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

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