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Legislation #: 971652 Introduction Date: 11/24/1997
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 12/11/1997
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER SWOPE
Title: Establishing the City´s State legislative priorities for the Missouri Legislative Session in 1998.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
11/24/1997

Prepare to Introduce

11/24/1997

Referred Finance & Administration Committee

12/1/1997

Hold On Agenda

12/10/1997

Immediate Adoption Second Committee Substitute

12/11/1997

Adopted as Substituted


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SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 971652

 

Establishing the Citys State legislative priorities for the Missouri Legislative Session in 1998.

 

WHEREAS, The Missouri Legislature will convene in early January, 1998, and the City desires to establish legislative priorities for the 1998 Session; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the following legislative priorities:

 

BARTLE HALL

Maintain annual $2,000,000 appropriation for Bartle Hall debt service and operations

 

TRUMAN SPORTS COMPLEX

Maintain annual $3,000,000 appropriation for the maintenance and support of Harry S. Truman Sports Complex

 

TAXPAYER CONFIDENTIALITY

Support legislation that ensures the confidential treatment of taxpayer information in conformance with the rules applicable to federal and state agencies while maintaining conformance with the Sunshine Law

 

GROSS RECEIPTS

Oppose legislation changing revenue collections based upon gross receipts generated by utility companies to avoid erosion of such revenue sources, and support the Missouri Municipal Leagues position in opposition to such legislation

 

PERSONAL LIABILITY

Revise Sections 92.310 and 92.341 RSMo to impose personal liability for corporate trustees for failure to remit earnings taxes and convention and tourism taxes which have been collected but not remitted to the City in the same manner as currently provided for state and federal taxes

 

LIQUOR LICENSE FEES

Revise Section 311.220 RSMo to raise the maximum the City may charge for fees or liquor licenses when a fee increase is required to cover service costs

 

SUPER TIF APPROPRIATION

Support appropriation of $15,000,000 in funding for Super TIF projects which were provided for in Senate Bill No. 1 approved during the General Assemblys 1997 Special Session

 


SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY

Oppose efforts to remove limits to governmental liability for proprietary functions performed by municipalities

 

SUNSHINE LAW

Support revisions to Chapter 610 RSMo, the Sunshine Law, to allow for protection of confidentiality for the City Auditors working papers and preparatory documents used to develop reports which could easily be subject to misinterpretation and misrepresentation

 

Support protection of confidentiality for calls to a City Hotline to allow citizens and employees to report concerns about potential abuse or wrongdoing as recommended by the Red Flag Commission report

 

Support inclusion in Section 610.120 RSMo of the City Auditor of any home rule charter city served by a municipal division of the circuit court and by a police department under the control of a board of police commissioners appointed by the governor for the purpose of auditing the work of the municipal division courts, police department and any department of the city relating to work of the municipal division courts

 

STORM WATER GRANT PROGRAM

Support modification of the 1995 grant distribution formulae correcting flaws and to provide funding for the entire ten year program

 

SANITARY SEWER CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM

Support legislation reestablishing a grant program for sanitary sewer improvements to aid low and moderate income areas whose residents cannot financially afford assessments for sewer construction

 

SAFE DRINKING WATER COMMISSION

Support establishing the State Safe Drinking Water Commission as the administrative body for the drinking water State Revolving Fund with authorization for full matching funding

 

PROPERTY CONDEMNATION

Support changes to state laws to facilitate condemnation proceedings on those private properties where a building has been demolished by the City and the debt therefor has not been paid by the property owner in order to expedite returning such properties to productive use and to the tax roles

 

CRIMINAL ACTIVITY FORFEITURE ACT

Amend Sections 513.600 et seq. RSMo, the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act, to include within the list of covered offenses those offenses set out in Chapter 577 RSMo relating to littering and Chapter 260 RSMo relating to solid waste, in order to discourage illegal dumping

TAX DELINQUENT PROPERTY REDEMPTION

Amend the State statutes providing for the sale of property for delinquent taxes within the Kansas City portions of Jackson County to prevent irresponsible individuals from purchasing such properties by:

1. Prohibiting owners who currently owe taxes on real property from purchasing additional properties at the Jackson County delinquent tax land sale,

2. Prohibiting owners from entering into installment contracts for redemption of properties,

3. Requiring non-resident purchasers to maintain an office or agent for service of legal process within the City, and

4. Requiring closings on land purchased from Land Trust.

 

Amend those statutes to make it easier for adjacent property owners and community development corporations to obtain such properties so they may be returned to productive use by:

1. Allowing Land Trust to sell property valued at less than $5,000.00 for less than 2/3 of its appraised value to adjacent property owners or community development corporations, and

2. Granting a first right to purchase such properties to communities development corporations.

 

CITY EMPLOYMENT

Revise Section 561.016 RSMo so that political subdivisions may disqualify or terminate a person from employment because of a finding of guilt or conviction of a crime until ten years have lapsed from:

1. release from parole,

2. release from probation,

3. release from incarceration, and

4. all fines imposed by the court have been paid

 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Oppose legislation similar to California Proposition 209 which would limit affirmative action programs

 

ZONING VIOLATION FINES

Revise Section 89.120 RSMo to increase allowable fines related to zoning violations to a range of $10 to $500 for a first offense and $250 to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 10 days for a willful or subsequent violation

 

AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

Support operating assistance for public transportation to compensate for reduced federal funding

 

JACKSON COUNTY SPORTS AUTHORITY

Support legislation authorizing the Mayor to appoint an additional member to the Jackson County Sports Authority

 

METROPOLITAN AMBULANCE SERVICES TRUST

Support legislation providing for explicit local authority to establish standards for ambulance service which exceeds the minimum state standards

 

WELFARE REFORM

Support legislation providing for changes in welfare programs in conformance with federal law

 

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS

Support legislation removing personal liability in conjunction with self-imposed or district- imposed special assessments and taxes, and support limiting the time within which any Community Improvement District may be challenged to 90 days

 

APPROPRIATIONS

Support continued state funding for Truman Medical Center, The Childrens Mercy Hospital, Western Missouri Mental Health Center, local programs serving older adults and the disabled, Mid-America Regional Council, the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Metropolitan Community College District, area public school districts, area highway projects, storm water control, the Human Rights Commission, continuation of AMTRAK funding, Health Department programs, and local homeless assistance programs

 

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