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Legislation #: 970822 Introduction Date: 6/12/1997
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 6/26/1997
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER FINLEY
Title: Directing the City Manager to study, evaluate and recommend alternatives that maximize health insurance benefits for City employees at the best possible price to the City and directing the City Manager to include in his study and evaluation the alternative of the City purchasing such health insurance in combination with another governmental unit or units to reduce the overall cost to the City so more funds can be expended on basic City services.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
6/12/1997

Prepare to Introduce

6/12/1997

Referred City Operations Committee

6/18/1997

Immediate Adoption

6/19/1997

Held on Docket

6/26/1997

Adopted


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RESOLUTION NO. 970822

 

Directing the City Manager to study, evaluate and recommend alternatives that maximize health insurance benefits for City employees at the best possible price to the City and directing the City Manager to include in his study and evaluation the alternative of the City purchasing such health insurance in combination with another governmental unit or units to reduce the overall cost to the City so more funds can be expended on basic City services.

 

WHEREAS, the Council of Kansas City, Missouri, is committed to expending every possible dollar to provide basic services to its citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council must recommit itself to cost cutting and expending the savings on increasing basic City services; and

 

WHEREAS, every possible avenue for cost cutting and conserving precious City funds must be immediately explored so that more funds can be expended on basic City services; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, provides certain health insurance benefits to its employees; and

 

WHEREAS, many new innovative health insurance programs exist today that did not previously exist; and

 

WHEREAS, the provision of health insurance benefits for City employees is a significant financial commitment in the City budget; and

 

WHEREAS, the City desires to maximize the health insurance benefits that it provides for its employees at the best possible price; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 2-1753(i), Code of Ordinances, specifies the procedure for the City to purchase health insurance for City employees; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 2-1753(i) requires the Commissioner of Purchases and Supplies to present to the City Council all such bids; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council has exclusive authority to award any contract for such health insurance to the lowest and best bid, as determined by the City Council; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council believes the City may obtain the lowest and best bid for such health insurance by cooperating with other governmental agencies; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 70.220, RSMo, authorizes the City to cooperate with other governmental agencies in the acquisition of such common services, and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the City employees and the taxpayers of the City for the City Council to receive all such alternatives that maximize the health insurance benefits that the City provides for its employees at the best possible price; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Manager is directed to study, evaluate and recommend alternatives that maximize health insurance benefits for City employees at the best possible price to the City and the City Manager is directed to include in his study and evaluation the alternative of the City purchasing such health insurance in combination with the Police Department and other governmental units to reduce the overall cost to the City so that more funds can be expended for basic City services. The City Manager may seek assistance from outside professionals in creating the options for the Council as he deems necessary.

 

Section 2. That the opinions of the rank and file employees be actively sought as staff deems appropriate and incorporated in the work.

 

Section 3. The City Manager shall report to the City Council within forty-five (45) days with his findings and recommendations.

 

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