Last Published: 4/14/2005 9:55:05 AM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Excused:1 - ALVIN BROOKS

Authorizing a $2,349,838.00 systems implementation and software licensing contract with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. for work in Phase II of the Enterprise GIS Project, to include implementation of an Enterprise GIS Database, redesign of data maintenance procedures, and redesign of the City external web mapping site to include e-commerce capability; and authorizing the expenditure of previously appropriated funds in an amount not to exceed $2,631,091.00.

FINANCE COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/19/2005)"

Estimating and appropriating $400,000.00 to provide funding for payment of workers compensation claims from the Workers Compensation Fund.

Randy Landes, Finance Department, testified on behalf of this ordinance. This ordinance will ensure full coverage of all Workers Compensation claims received by the City.
Ayes: 2 - Eddy, Skaggs
Nays: 0

RESOLUTION - Developing a financing plan to provide funds to refinance certain Lease Revenue Bonds in connection with the Municipal Auditorium Project, the Muehlebach and Doubletree Hotel Projects and to finance certain improvements to the Auditorium Plaza Garage in an approximate aggregate principal amount of $60,000,000.00.

Randy Landes, Finance Department, testified on behalf of this ordinance. This resolution will provide authorization to develop a financing plan to provide funds to refinance certain lease revenue bonds in connection with the Muehlebach and Doubletree hotel projects, and to finance certain improvements to the Municipal Auditorium Plaza Garage project in an approximate aggregate principal amount of $60,000,000.
Ayes: 3 - Eddy, Skaggs, Riley
Nays: 0

RESOLUTION - 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.

FINANCE COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/19/2005)"
Rex Archer, Health Department, testified on behalf of this resolution. Tom Bowser, Chamber of Commerce, supports the proposed health levy. Councilman Skaggs inquired about the percentage of Truman patients that are Kansas City residents. John Bluford, CEO Truman, 85% of Truman patients are Kansas City residents. Saundra Aust, Parks and Recreation Board President, gave handouts regarding using the tax leavy, if passed, to go towards recreation. The handouts are on file in the City Clerk's Office. Bob Lewellen, Parks and Recreation Board, also voiced his concern that Parks and Rec will not be able to continue to offer services in the Community Centers without assistance from this tax levy. Bill Washington, wanted to mirror the comments of Saundra and Bob. Harold Wiles, representing Samuel Rodgers Health Center, wanted to make sure everyone understands the importance of the lock-in language for this levy. John Sharp, resident of Kansas City, supports this resolution and partnering ordinance regarding the health levy. Park Lightfoot, Silver Haired City Council, wonders if this tax can be exempted by low or moderate income families. Les Levine, Cabot Westside Health Center, supports this resolution.

Providing for submission to the qualified voters of the City for their approval at an election called for Tuesday, April 5, 2005, the question of temporarily increasing the ad valorem tax levy for a period of nine years for ambulance services, emergency medical services, hospital and public health purposes by twenty-two cents ($.22) per one hundred dollars ($100.00) assessed valuation on real and tangible personal property within the City; directing the City Clerk to notify the responsible election authorities of this election; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.  

FINANCE COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (1/19/2005)"