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Legislation #: 090874 Introduction Date: 10/1/2009
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 11/1/2009
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS MARCASON, CIRCO, CURLS, FORD, FUNKHOUSER, GOTTSTEIN, HERMANN, JOHNSON, JOLLY, RILEY, SANDERS BROOK, SHARP AND SKAGGS
Title: Authorizing the Director of Water Services to execute a contract with Mid America Assistance Coalition to administer a low-income assistance program for payment of water bills.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/1/2009 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/1/2009 Referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
10/15/2009 Advance and Do Pass, Debate
10/15/2009 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 090874

 

Authorizing the Director of Water Services to execute a contract with Mid America Assistance Coalition to administer a low-income assistance program for payment of water bills.

 

WHEREAS, the Council established the Water Services Utility Funding Task Force to integrate community values into a funding strategy to fund its water, sewer, and stormwater utilities; and

 

WHEREAS, the Water Services Utility Funding Task Force determined that a customer assistance program to benefit low-income households was needed with any method used to fund the water, sewer, and stormwater utilities; and

 

WHEREAS, the Water Services Department has developed such a customer assistance program, with eligibility criteria and funded with late payment penalties from water bills, and is ready to retain Mid America Assistance Coalition (MAAC) to administer this program; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council determines that assisting low-income families with payments of their water bills is a benefit to the water, sewer, and stormwater utilities in that it will decrease collection costs, levels of arrearages, and the number of service disconnections from those financially unable to pay for this essential service, and will also have a positive impact on the departments relationship with the community; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Director of Water Services is authorized to execute a contract with MAAC to administer a customer assistance program, which customer service program will be initially funded with $140,000.00 in late payment penalties, less a 10% administrative charge for MAACs services. The Director is authorized to execute two one-year renewals in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 per month in customer assistance funding.

 

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I hereby certify that there is a balance, otherwise unencumbered, to the credit of the appropriation to which the foregoing expenditure is to be charged, and a cash balance, otherwise unencumbered, in the treasury, to the credit of the fund from which payment is to be made, each sufficient to meet the obligation hereby incurred.

 

 

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Jeffrey A. Yates

Director of Finance

 

Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Cecilia Abbott

Assistant City Attorney