Topeka Metro Board Joins Request For KOMA Investigation

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Metro Transit Authority board has joined in asking the District Attorney to investigate whether they violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

The board sent the request to Chad Taylor's office Thursday. They say they will cooperate fully with the investigation.

The Topeka City Council's concerns over the issue were a big topic when the board's finance committee met Thursday morning. In addition to the Council directing the city manager to request an inquiry by the DA, they also deferred action on a request to increase Topeka Metro's mil levy cap until the investigation is complete.

Board chairman Rodd Miller says the committee began talking over contingency options if funding doesn't increase. The board is requesting its mil levy cap to increased to 4.2 mils from the current 3.

Miller said the board needs to be thinking about a back-up plan so they can continue to put sustainable service on the street for citizens and taxpayers.

Miller declined to comment on the pending investigation.

At issue is the board's March 29th emergency meeting. They didn't notify media until afterward, when they held a news conference to announce an agreement ending CEO Janlynn Nesbett Tucker's employment. The board has said its counsel advised they did not need to give prior notification in this instance.


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