The Topeka, KS City Council recently voted to buy an additional
police helicopter... a move that infuriated Mayor Bill Bunten.
Last week, the city council made the decision without
Bunten’s knowledge, reports KSNT-27. Bunten was openly
opposed to the plan; he vetoed a previous resolution for the
helicopter in July, though the measure still managed to find its
way into the 2008 budget.
The council reportedly found a "veto-proof" communication
document that will allow the $800,000 Robinson R44 to be purchased.
The city wants a lease purchase agreement for the helicopter for
Bunten warned city officials citizens may lose confidence in
their ability to disperse city funds, and this could jeopardize an
upcoming sales tax vote.
“We'll not get this sales tax passed and the result of
that would be a continued deterioration of this city,” Mayor
Bunten said. “When someone does begin to address the needs,
it will cost a lot more.”
Bunten reminded them the yearly payments for the helicopter must
pass an appropriation process, and that he will not support any
payments for the aircraft.