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LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials say in a court filing that a lawsuit filed over a change in how a portion of the police department’s budget is spent is legally and factually false.

The state-controlled Board of Police Commissioner’s sued the city and several officials after the city council approved moving about $42 million of the police department’s budget into a new fund.

The board contends state law gives sole authority to the commission to determine how police funds are spent.

In a response filed Tuesday, the city said that despite the rerouting of some funds, the city has met its obligation to provide one-fifth of its general revenue funds to the police department.

By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press