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Last Published: 6/4/2010 9:52:34 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
 

100384
(Sub.)
Reducing the amount of appropriations in the amount of $612,104.12 in certain projects in the GO Bond Series 2003F Fund in order to close projects, and reducing the amount of appropriations in the amount of $2,269,558.51 in certain projects in the 2004F GO Bond Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Pat Klein, City Manager's Office, explained that this ordinance was a cleanup on bonds. There are funds that are going to be swept to the fund balance in 60 days. Departments have been informed that any project that has funds not spent within the next 60 days are being swept to the fund balance. The City will be meeting with the bond council and after the meeting will be bringing an ordinance back to the committee detailing where the funds should be applied.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100385
(Sub.)
Approving the Second Amendment to the Baltimore Place Tax Increment Financing Plan; directing the Tax Increment Financing Commission to enter into a redevelopment agreement for Project 3 which contains certain provisions regarding tax increment financing revenues and reimbursements to the redeveloper. WHEREAS, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, by Ordinance No. 54556, passed on November 24, 1982, and thereafter amended in certain respects by Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 911076, as amended, passed on August 29, 1991, and Ordinance No. 100089, passed on January 28, 2010, created the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City, Missouri (the “Commission”); and


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
This ordinance is a companion to Ordinance No. 060012. Douglas Stone, attorney for the developer, explained that a new developer took over the project. There were some changes to the original plan. The schedule needs to be changed. There was also a change to the legal description. The original plan included a restaurant. That has been taken out of the plan and has been changed to all office space. Missy Wilson, Tax Increment Financing Commission, stated that because these were minor changes the plan did not have to be referred back to the TIF Commission for review. The Commission had already approved the plan.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100399
Authorizing and approving a City Financing Agreement and a First Amendment of Development Agreement in connection with the NNSA National Security Campus project; and approving certain other documents and authorizing the City to take certain other actions in connection with the issuance of bonds to be issued by the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Kansas City, Missouri for the project.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Randy Landes, Acting Director of Finance, stated that there were two parts to this project. One was the plan, which was being heard in a different committee and the other was the financing piece. The project was to be paid for with several types of bonds, most of which would be backed by the State of Missouri. A portion would be PIEA funds from future years and state funds from future years. Patty Hilderbrand, Public Works, explained the project to the committee. Jerry Riffel, attorney for the developer, talked about the financing being provided by the developer.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100400
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on August 3, 2010, a question amending the Charter of Kansas City to require the preparation of a fiscal note by the City Auditor to be attached to initiative petitions and, when authorized, to be included on the ballot; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Councilman Russ Johnson testified before the committee on this ordinance. The intent of the ordinance was to give the potential voters and petition signers more information regarding an initiative petition item. The financial impact to the citizens of the city connect to the petition would be spelled out for the voters (shown on the ballot) and to persons who sign petitions. Gary White, City Auditor, stated that he had sent out an email to cities across the country trying to get information on the practice of attaching a fiscal note to a petition. He explained that several cities responded stating they had thought about doing so, but very few actually applied the practice. Four California cities actually attached fiscal notes. The amount of time spent in researching the impact took anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the nature of the petition. When this idea first was suggested, he and his staff reviewed what they considered the issues involved with the practice. He stated those to the committee and talked about the reasoning behind those issues. When asked by the committee what his thoughts were on this subject, Mr. White responded that he would provide whatever service that was requested by the council and/or citizens of the City. Councilman Sharp had several concerns about the wording of the ordinance as it is written. Councilwoman Hermann suggested that Councilman Sharp work with Councilman Johnson and the Law Department to try and alleviate those concerns.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 1 - Sharp

060012
(Sub.)
Approving and designating Redevelopment Project 3 of the Baltimore Place Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therefor.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"

Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein, Sharp
Nays: 0

100223
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to take steps necessary to issue $25,000,000.00 of General Obligation Bonds for infrastructure in Fiscal Year 2011 for street reconstruction and municipal buildings.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (5/26/2010)"
This item was held two weeks.

100322
RESOLUTION - Expressing Council’s Interest in Creation of an Office of School Support and Public Engagement.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (5/26/2010)"
This item was held two weeks.
 
 The Monthly Financial Report for March, 2010 will be presented. Gary Morris gave the report for the month of March. Overall collections were down. There was a lengthy discussion on the property taxes and the decline in the amount collected. Randy Landes, Acting Director of Finance, stated that the collections had been down for several years and that this council agreed not to increase the percentage of assessed value for collection purposes. Mr. Morris also stated that the amount collected on the health levy tax showed a small increase but was below the estimated figure budgeted for the fiscal year. This was the reason for the reduction of funds to the various health care providers. The City would continue to study this category. Councilman Sharp talked about the presentation on the health levy taxes made to a different committee and the information given was not the same as what was presented to the Finance Committee. He would like to see someone from the Finance Department make those types of presentation in the future. Councilman Hermann reminded Councilman Sharp that he should make that type of request to the Chair of that particular committee. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. Pursuant to the following subsections of Section 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: (1) legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; (2) real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; (3) personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12; and/or (5) negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection 9.