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Last Published: 7/23/2010 8:10:05 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, MARK FUNKHOUSER, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, JOHN SHARP
 

100467
Authorizing the Director of City Planning and Development to enter into a Development Agreement with the Tax Increment Financing Commission for Phase one of the North Oak Corridor Streetscape Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Mark Thoma-Perry, Acting Budget Officer, explained that this ordinance would allow the city to accept funds from the Platte County TIF Commission and the Missouri Department of Transportation to be used as part of the streetscape plan for the North Oak Corridor. This is more of a housekeeping ordinance that would allow for work to begin on this phase of the project.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Funkhouser, Gottstein
Nays: 0

001592
(Sub.)
Approving and designating Project Area 4 of the Parvin Road Corridor Tax Increment Financing Plan as a Redevelopment Project and adopting tax increment financing therein.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/9/2010)"
Kellee Wood, EDC, talked about this project. This project had originally gone before the City Plan Commission in 2000 at which time it was approved. There was a discussion on the creation of infrastructure and continued development along the Parvin Road Corridor. Mayor Funkhouser had concerns about the overall rate of interest for the project. He wanted to know why the rate was so high. Ms. Wood stated that historically the rate of interst was high on the previous project but the ceiling was never reached on the interest amount allocated. It was suggested that this item be held one week in order for several questions and concerns regarding the interest rate be addressed.

100223
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to take steps necessary to issue $25,000,000.00 of General Obligation Bonds for infrastructure in Fiscal Year 2011 for street reconstruction and municipal buildings.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
Randy Landes, Acting Director of Finance, stated that the Mayor was still trying to appoint the final members to the Bond Financial Advisory Commission. Mr. Landes asked that this item be held off the agenda until all the positions were filled.

100322
RESOLUTION - Expressing Council’s Interest in Creation of an Office of School Support and Public Engagement.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (6/9/2010)"
Mayor Funkhouser stated that this ordinance had been re-referred back to committee a few weeks ago. He is working on a plan that he wants to be back to the committee for consideration. He asked that this ordinance be held a week.
 
 Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present the Performance Audit: Involuntary Collections of Business Taxes. Gary White, City Auditor and Jason Phillips, Auditor's Office gave the report on the findings of the audit. A lengthy discussion on the finding followed. The timeliness of processing documents, the billing of delinquent accounts, and morale of employees were the main focus of the discussion. Randy Landes, Acting Director of Finance, spoke on the issues being faced by the department. He referred to several years of audit finding and had stated that within the 8 to 10 year period prior to this audit little had changed in the way things got done. He explained that the main recommendations after each audit were implemented but that the implementation of the recommendation(s) caused other recommendations from previous years to fall behind. He agreed with the findings of the audit and was working with his management staff to help develop a plan that would work and be equitable across the department. He also stated that there was a nationwide search for a new Commissioner of Revenue and he hopes to have someone in place within the next few months. He would like to work on a plan of addressing the latest recommendations after the new commissioner has been hired. Councilwoman Hermann asked that he come back with updates as soon as possible (after a new commissioner had been hired). There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. Pursuant to the following subsections of Section 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: (1) legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; (2) real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; (3) personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12; and/or (5) negotiations with employee groups, pursuant to subsection 9.