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Last Published: 1/25/2010 12:34:28 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting). Stan Harris, Director of Public Works, made a follow-up presentation before the committee regarding a contract with Bridging the Gap for furnishing recycling services. Mr. Harris presented several options to the committee for consideration. The committee had several suggestions for Mr. Harris and his staff to consider. He would be returning at a further date with an ordinance to proceed with the operation.

090508
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to implement the plan for the earnings tax initiative to include initiatives for taxpayer data and service management, enhanced taxpayer compliance, and improvements to business processes and establishing a reporting mechanism for implementation of the structure.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED"
Jeff Yates, CFO, made a power point presentation before the committee on various initiatives that the city had started implementing with regards to business licenses and earnings tax.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090525
(Sub.)
Reducing the Contingent Appropriation in the General Fund by $200,000.00; transferring to the Police Department; and appropriating it to cover the costs associated with four additional positions for animal control and tow services dispatch at the Police Department.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, talked about this ordinance funding four positions for dispatchers/call takers for the police department. With the consolidation of animal control and police department dispatchers, funding was available to increase the number of dispatchers for the department to handle the dual operations.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090528
Approving and authorizing settlement of a lawsuit entitled Capitol Indemnity v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 01CV221216.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, CONSENT"
This item was discussed in closed session then voted on.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090529
(Sub.)
Reducing appropriations in the Capital Improvements Fund in the amount of $2,316,225 and appropriating this sum to accounts in the Capital Improvements Fund for projects in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Council Districts.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Pat Klein, Budget Office, explained that the ordinance allocated funds from various council districts for projects within the districts. The money would be coming from Neighborhood Sales Tax funds. Projects are ready to go forward. A list of the projects to be completed would be supplied before the end of the day to council members.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080935
Amending Chapter 62, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 62-1 through 62-12 and Sections 62-41 through 62-55, and enacting new sections in lieu thereof for the purpose of updating the solid waste code to reflect current refuse collection and management practices; eliminating all payments in lieu of City-provided services to mobile home developments, travel trailer camps, buildings containing seven or more dwelling units, and neighborhood associations; and eliminating the board of refuse appeals.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (7/1/2009)"
 
 Jeff Yates will give a presentation regarding the Earnings Tax Plan Implementation. This item was discussed previously under 090508. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. Councilwoman Hermann stated that staff would give a presentation on the City's potential credit rating downgrade. Jeff Yates, CFO and Randy Landes, City Treasurer, spoke before the committee about the possibility of the credit rating for the city being reduced. Mr. Landes made a power point presentation and reviewed the credit rating scale for the committee. The city deals with the 3 major credit rating agencies. Two of the three agencies had already announced the credit ratings for the city. The third would be meeting later in the day and would be discussing the city's investment portfolio. It could be possible that the rating could be changed or lowered. Historically, the agency had been known to lower the ratings for municipalities across the country. Mr. Yates explained that staff would have to wait for information from the meeting so that the city could work on determining a credit rating strategy for the future. 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; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12. The committee voted to go into closed session.