Budget cuts force Missouri city employees to bring toilet paper from home

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:51 EDT
google plus icon
Windsor, Missouri, mayor Justin Brown
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

While Windsor, Missouri mayor Justin Brown was quick to admit people liked “potty humor,” the news that city employees had to bring their own toilet paper at work was no laughing matter.

“I was just really incredulous that this was a topic to be brought up at a City Hall meeting, much less have any truth to it,” Brown told KCTV-TV on Saturday. “The number one emotion is embarrassment. We have a lot of good things going on in our little town, and this is the topic.”

The topic was brought to light at a March 12 city council meeting, when a resident, Nancy Dunbar, asked for permission to start a fundraising drive to cover the cost of new toilet paper. Dunbar said she had been told by city administrator Sandra Underwood that male employees at the municipal barn exceeded their budget for tissues and were forced to bring their own.

“Just because they’re cleaning lagoons out doesn’t mean they don’t need to clean their rumps,” Dunbar told the council.

The council voted to restore funding for the barn to provide toilet paper for the male employees.

Underwood denied making such statements in an off-camera interview with the station, saying the city’s public works department told the employees there was a budget shortage. Dunbar, however, said Underwood admitted to issuing the order after the council meeting ended.

Watch KCTV’s report on the case of the missing toilet paper money, aired Saturday, below.


Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.