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Last Published: 1/29/2020 1:48:28 PM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:6 - KATHERYN SHIELDS, HEATHER HALL, RYANA PARKS-SHAW, MELISSA ROBINSON, LEE BARNES JR., KEVIN MCMANUS
 

200025
Approving and authorizing settlement of lawsuit entitled Michael A. Jones v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 1716-CV20259.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This item was discussed in closed session
Ayes: 6 - Shields, Hall, Parks-Shaw, Robinson, Barnes Jr., McManus
Nays: 0

200034
Approving and authorizing settlement of a lawsuit styled Chavonna Adams v. City of Kansas City, MO, et al., Case No. 1716-CV10104.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This item was discussed in closed session.
Ayes: 6 - Shields, Hall, Parks-Shaw, Robinson, Barnes Jr., McManus
Nays: 0

200033
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to create a plan to fund capital improvements at KCFD Fire Station No. 40 and complete those improvements by December 31, 2020.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Donna Maize, KCFD, testified on this ordinance. In September 2019, the Kansas City Fire Department relocated a pumper and an ambulance from Fire Station No. 40 to Fire Station No. 15, located at 6200 NE Cookingham Drive. Since the overwhelming majority of Fire Station No. 40’s responses are for emergency medical services, the plan is to continue running ambulance services out of No. 40 for now. Plumbing, sewer and other capital improvement issues are the reason behind Fire Station No. 40’s temporary closure. The City Council has passed funding of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. KCFD will continue to monitor and adjust overall deployment strategies, including the current practice and use of floating personnel as various solutions are being considered to provide appropriate coverage of the entire city.
Ayes: 6 - Shields, Hall, Parks-Shaw, Robinson, Barnes Jr., McManus
Nays: 0

200037
(Sub.)
Amending Article VII, entitled “Sales Taxes”, of Chapter 68, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Taxation”, by repealing Section 68-444 relating to the Fire Sales Tax and enacting in lieu thereof one new section of like number and subject matter increasing the imposition of the fire sales tax from one-fourth of one percent (¼%) to one-half of one percent (½%) for the operation of the Fire Department which will include making capital improvements to, and purchasing equipment for, such Department as authorized by Section 321.242, Revised Statutes of Missouri, with such tax terminating on December 31, 2036, as previously approved by the voters in the special election on August 5, 2014; providing for submission of this ordinance to the qualified voters of the City for their approval at the Election called for Tuesday, April 7, 2020; authorizing and directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of this election; authorizing and directing the City Clerk to notify the Missouri Director of Revenue if the proposal is approved by the voters; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Donna Maize, KCFD, Tammy Queen Finance Department, Allan Holtkamp Law Department, testified on this ordinance. Pursuant to Section 321.242, RSMo, the governing body of any city having a fire department may impose by ordinance a sales tax for the operation of such fire department on all retail sales made in the city which are subject to taxation pursuant to Sections 144.010 to 144.526, RSMo. However, no ordinance enacted pursuant to the authority granted by Section 321.242, RSMo, shall be effective until it has been submitted to the qualified voters of the city and approved by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon. Ordinance No. 010743 was passed on May 24, 2001, and submitted to the qualified voters of the City the ballot question of whether a sale’s tax for the operation of the Kansas City Fire Department should be approved and on August 7, 2001, such sales tax was approved by the voters. Such sales tax was approved for a period of 15 years effective on January 1, 2002, and applied to all sales made after December 31, 2001, and expired on December 31, 2016. Ordinance No. 140348 was passed on May 15, 2014, and submitted to the qualified voters of the City the ballot question of whether the City of Kansas City should renew its fire sales tax of ¼% for a period of 20 years effective January 1, 2017, and expiring on December 31, 2036, to provide revenues for the operation of the Fire Department and on August 5, 2014, this renewal of the fire sales tax was approved by the voters. This sales tax has contributed greatly to the public safety of the City and to maintaining the ISO rating of one which has the effect of reducing the citizen’s home and property insurance, and keeping up with the increase of cost to maintain 33 Fire Stations that range from 63 years of age to current, and also replacing ambulances, current outdated lifesaving equipment, 49 Fire Apparatuses, 911 communication center and outdated communication radio systems, it is therefore the desire of the Council to seek voter approval to increase the current ¼% fire sales tax to ½% and for such tax to expire on December 31, 2036, which is the expiration date for the current tax fire sales tax. Section 321.242, RSMo, was amended by SB 333 in the 2019 legislative session, became effective on August 28, 2019, and provides authority for the fire sales tax to be increased ¼% to ½%. The deadline for a ballot question to be submitted to the election authorities for the April 7, 2020, election is January 28, 2020. If the voters disapprove of the fire sales tax being increased from ¼% to ½%, then the current ¼% sales tax approved by the voters on August 5, 2014, will remain in force.
Ayes: 6 - Shields, Hall, Parks-Shaw, Robinson, Barnes Jr., McManus
Nays: 0

190912
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to conduct an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to the City if local control of the Kansas City Police Department were returned to the City.


FINANCE, GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/29/2020)"
Councilmember Robinson testified on this ordinance. There was public testimony a digital copy of speaker cards is attached Pursuant to state law found in Sections 84.350 through 84.860, RSMo, the Kansas City Police Department is controlled and governed by the Board of Police Commissioners and is independent of the City’s full control and governance. The City has not had full control and governance of its Police Department since 1939 and is currently the only city in Missouri without such full control and governance. There are likely advantages and disadvantages to the City if local control and governance of the Police Department were returned to the City. Before the City Council takes a position on whether it should or should not support state legislative efforts to return local control and governance of its Police Department to the City an analysis should be conducted into the likely advantages and disadvantages of such return of local control and governance. The analysis should include a survey of community leaders, the Police Department and others with knowledge of how returning or not returning local control and governance of the Police Department impacts the City. Therefore, this legislation would direct the Manager to conduct such an analysis.
Ayes: 5 - Shields, Parks-Shaw, Robinson, Barnes Jr., McManus
Nays: 1 - Hall
 
 Consideration of Semi-Annual Docket items.
 
 Hold until February 5,2020
 
 1. There may be a general discussion regarding current Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee issues.
 
 Closed Session • Pursuant to Section 610.021 subsection 1 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to discuss legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys; • Pursuant to Section 610.021 subsection 2 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to discuss real estate; • Pursuant to Section 610.021 subsections 3 and 13 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to discuss personnel matters; • Pursuant to Section 610.021 subsection 9 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to discuss employee labor negotiations; • Pursuant to Section 610.021 subsection 11 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to discuss specifications for competitive bidding; • Pursuant to Section 610.021 subsection 12 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to discuss sealed bids or proposals; or • Pursuant to Section 610.021 subsection 17 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to discuss confidential or privileged communications with auditors.
 
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