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Legislation #: 061184 Introduction Date: 10/26/2006
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the Missouri General Assembly during its 2007 Session.

Legislation History
10/25/2006 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/26/2006 Immediate Adoption
10/26/2006 Councilmember Cooper Move to Amend
10/26/2006 Adopted as Amended

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Establishing the Citys positions on matters that may come before the Missouri General Assembly during its 2007 Session.


WHEREAS, the Missouri General Assembly will convene January 3, 2007, and the City desires to establish general statements of its positions on matters that may become the subject of or be affected by proposed legislation during the 2007 Session; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the following priorities and positions on matters that may come before the Missouri General Assembly during its 2007 Session:


1. Funding for Kansas City projects


The City supports continued and increased ongoing funding for programs traditionally and appropriately supported by State funding including Bartle Hall convention facilities, the Jackson County Sports Complex, higher education, health services, the life sciences and landmark parks.


The City supports restoration of core State funding for community colleges to the 2001-2002 fiscal year levels.


2. Economic development


The City supports the continuation of tax credit programs such as Historic Preservation Tax Credits, State tax increment financing projects, special economic districts such as Community Improvement Districts and other appropriate sales tax relief and business development financing mechanisms as economic development tools.


The City supports efforts to obtain substantially expanded funding for Brownfields redevelopment incentives and programs.


The City supports providing sufficient funding to job retraining programs to allow such programs to become operational.


The City supports any additional State tax increment financing projects which have the support of both the State and the City.


The City supports subjecting entities to the convention and tourism tax that are currently exempt from such tax.


The City opposes any efforts that restrict the Citys use of eminent domain by impeding the Citys ability to provide core services to its citizens or limiting the ability of the City to protect and build revenue through economic development or redevelopment.


The City supports the Missouri Film Commissions recommendations for an improved and expanded state film tax credit.


3. Homeland security and bio-terrorism response readiness


The City supports adequate funding at the State and local levels so that homeland security needs can be met through adequate staffing and equipment.


4. Transportation/Public Transit


The City supports legislation which guarantees the authority and right of municipalities to control the use of municipality-owned rights of way.


The City supports increased penalizing authority to deter the operation of overweight vehicles on roadways and bridges.


The City supports appropriate enabling legislation to implement regional funding solutions for Smart Moves, a regional transit plan to expand and enhance transit services.


The City supports a primary seat belt law.


The City supports the designation of the new Paseo Bridge as the Christopher S. Kit Bond Bridge.


5. Water


The City supports continued revolving loan programs, grants and funding for improving and replacing combined sewers, sanitary sewers and storm sewers to achieve a cleaner, safer environment and for projects to better control stormwater and flooding.


The City opposes any efforts to impede its ability to collect amounts owed for water and sewer services.


The City supports sufficient funding of the Drinking Water Revolving Fund.


6. Other areas of interest


Health Care The City supports programs and funding to provide access to adequate health, dental and mental health care for the indigent.