Raytown officials upset with Walmart crime, lack of taxes
RAYTOWN, Mo. (AP) — Officials in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Raytown are getting fed up with the high number of police calls at the local Walmart.
The problem at the store comes as the city is facing budget problems that will cause reductions in all city departments, including eliminating police officers. Alderman pointed out this week that the store pays no taxes to help fund police services, but is responsible for about 30 percent of Raytown's reported serious crimes.
The Kansas City Star reports Raytown alderman Eric Teeman said this week the city should consider labeling the Walmart a public nuisance.
Walmart spokesman Ragan Dickens says the company employs uniformed security officers at the Raytown store and takes other measures, but no company can completely prevent crime at its stores.