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Legislation #: 050035 Introduction Date: 1/6/2005
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER EDDY
Title: Recognizing the need to adequately provide for ambulance services and protect residents and visitors from infectious, environmental and terrorist threats; recognizing the need to provide citizens of Kansas City with access to acute, primary and emergency care; and expressing the intent of the City Council to restore funding for public health services to Fiscal Year 2003-2004 levels and require recipients of health levy funds to perform annual program audits, should the health levy increase be approved by voters on April 5, 2005.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
1/6/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/6/2005 Referred to Finance Committee
1/12/2005 Hold On Agenda (1/19/2005)
1/19/2005 Immediate Adoption Second Committee Substitute
1/20/2005 Councilmember Skaggs Move to Amend
1/20/2005 Councilmember Skaggs Move to Amend
1/20/2005 Adopted as Committee Substitute Further Amended

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SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. AS AMENDED AS FURTHER AMENDED 050035

 

Recognizing the need to adequately provide for ambulance services and protect residents and visitors from infectious, environmental and terrorist threats; recognizing the need to provide citizens of Kansas City with access to acute, primary and emergency care; and expressing the intent of the City Council to restore funding for public health services to Fiscal Year 2003-2004 levels and require recipients of health levy funds to perform annual program audits, should the health levy increase be approved by voters on April 5, 2005.

 

WHEREAS, Section 1(38) of the City Charter empowers the City to provide for the medical and other care of sick, aged or mentally ill poor persons; and

WHEREAS, Section 1(41) of the City Charter charges the City to provide for the public health of its citizens and Sections 34 through 38 of the City Charter provide for the protection of the public health through a variety of means; and

 

WHEREAS, as part of this charge, the City Council intends to provide its citizens with access to acute, primary and emergency care; and

 

WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 041259 submits to the qualified voters of the City for their approval at an election called for Tuesday, April 5, 2005, the question of whether to temporarily increase the existing tax levy for nine years for ambulance services, emergency medical services, hospital and public health purposes by 22 cents per $100.00 assessed valuation on real and tangible personal property in the City of Kansas City, Missouri, based upon assessed valuations, with the additional revenues to be distributed as follows: 3 1/2 cents of the levy to ambulance services, 3 1/2 cents of the levy to neighborhood health centers and 15 cents of the levy to Truman Medical Center; and

 

WHEREAS, the nine year period of this health levy increase is designed to provide the needed time to develop a regional approach to indigent care, which consists of the cost of services for which payment is not expected due to a patients predetermined inability to pay; and

WHEREAS, the Fiscal Year 2005-06 budget must be submitted to the Mayor and City Council prior to the election to be held Tuesday, April 5, 2005; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council express their intent to continue to provide for ambulance services, hospitals, community health centers and public health services and request the City Managers Fiscal Year 2005-06 proposed budget reflect said spending priorities within the current ad valorem tax levy for capital improvements and operating expenses for hospital and public health purposes; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Council recognizes the need to adequately provide for ambulance services and protect residents and visitors from infectious, environmental and terrorist threats.

Section 2. That the City Council recognizes the need to provide its citizens with access to acute, primary and emergency care.

Section 3. That the City Council hereby requires that all contracts with recipients of health levy funds include a requirement for annual program audits.

 

Section 4. That the City Council requests that the City Managers proposed Fiscal Year 2005-2006 budget fund the current health levy agencies from the health levy at Fiscal Year 2003-2004 levels and fund Truman Medical Center at Fiscal Year 2002-2003 levels, should the April health levy election pass.

 

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