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Last Published: 2/21/2007 10:00:39 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - CHARLES EDDY
Present:4 - ALVIN BROOKS, BILL SKAGGS, TERRY RILEY, JOHN FAIRFIELD
 

060697
(Sub.)
Reestimating revenues in the amount of $428,487.00 and appropriating it in the Police Drug Enforcement Fund to roll forward unexpended grant amounts from the last fiscal year to this fiscal year.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Darrell Woodward, Police Department, explained the re-estimated revenue of $428,487 the police Drug Enforcement Grant Fund. This ordinance is a housekeeping measure to roll forward unexpended grant amounts from last fiscal year. The US Department of Justice awarded a Byrne JAG grant to Jackson County. Jackson County is passing through $440,000 to the Police Department to acquire fingerprint identification equipment, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, refractive index measurement instrument and ventilation hoods. This ordinance is rolling forward the unexpanded amount of $428,487 so it can be used in the current fiscal year. The grant is fully funded by the federal government. There was brief discussion of the uses of the funds.
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0

060700
Estimating revenue in the amount of $438,782.00 in the Capital Improvements Fund; appropriating it to the Parks and Recreation Environmental Remediation Projects account in the Capital Improvements Fund; and designating requisitioning authority.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Richard Infield, stated that the ordinance allows the continued remediation of the former Swope Park Golf Course. The petroleum storage tanks on the property that needed to be removed. The ordinance would also allow the reimbursement from MO Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund and to estimate revenue to be reserved from the fund for the completed work.
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0

060732
Estimating revenue in the General Fund in the amount of $3,069,150.00; appropriating $2,572,906.00 in the Finance Department Revenue Division in the General Fund and $496,244.00 in the Finance Department Purchases and Supplies Division in the General Fund.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Deb Hinsvark, Director of Finance, explained the purposed amnesty program and the need for set up and procurement to pay and external audit functions for tourism. She stated that the Finance Department's focus is on the creation of a tax compliance function and the initiative includes the following steps * An amnesty period for taxpayers to remit funds without penalty *Creation of an external audit team *Development of a marketing tool to inform taxpayers of the amnesty period and taxes the city collects. There was discussion from the committee regarding project cost and benefits (see page 6 of handout).
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0

060739
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of Public Works to enter into and execute a $7,110,800.00 contract with for Project No. 89A00281-004, Kansas City Music Hall Renovations, with Taylor Kelly Construction Company; authorizing the Director of Public Works to amend and increase this contract by up to $700,000.00; and authorizing the City Manager to expend $7,810.000.00 for the contract.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Ralph Davis, Finance Department,testified that the ordinance authorized 7,110,800.00 contract with Taylor Kelly Construction Company for renovations at the Kansas City Music Hall and authorizing the City Manager to expend the sum of $7,110,800.00 for the contract.
Ayes: 5 - Eddy, Brooks, Skaggs, Riley, Fairfield
Nays: 0

060646
(Sub.)
Authorizing the Director of Finance to enter into a Financing and Cooperative Agreement with the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, to provide additional tax increment financing revenues from Projects 3, 4, 5A, 5B and 6 of the North Oak Tax Increment Financing Plan for additional improvements in the redevelopment area.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (7/19/2006)"
This item was held until 7/19/2006 at the request of the Finance Department.

060664
(Sub.)
Calling for submission to the voters of Kansas City, at a special election to be held on November 7, 2006, a question authorizing the City Council to establish by ordinance a program to regulate residential rental properties; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of the election not later than August 29, 2006; and stating the intent of the City Council to seek revisions in state law to allow civil penalties for code enforcement violations and to expand the use of receiverships for absentee-owned properties.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (7/26/2006)"
There was public testimony given on this item. A list of those names is on record in the office of the City Clerk. The Committee discussed at length the recommendations, fees, housing conditions and the concerns the landlords,tenants, home owners. Dr. Eddy suggested that the item be held for three weeks and during that time the committee and others would meet to formalize the details of the language and the scope of the regulation for renting and licensing of residential property owner.
 
 The Finance and Audit committee may hold closed sessions pursuant to the Sections RSMO 610.021 (1), (2), and (3) respectively to discuss legal, real estate or personnel matters. There was no Closed Session. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a scope statement regarding the Sales Tax Follow-up Audit. Gary White, Auditor's Office, explained that the item before the Committee was the Sales Tax Follow-Up Audit. He indicated that the report was the first step in the process of monitoring sales tax revenue. A audit was conducted in 2001 and it identified to areas of concern: *erratic growth in city sales tax *refunds and adjustments. He added that he would answer the following questions and to final report for Council. *Are refunds contributing to erratic growth in sales tax revenue? *Is Kansas City attracting a proportionate share of retail sales? *Are internet sales affecting the city's sales tax revenue. A handout is on file in the City Clerk's Office.