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Last Published: 6/29/2009 2:36:00 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:4 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN
Out:1 - RUSS JOHNSON
 

090218
Amending Chapter 68, Code of Ordinances, entitled Taxation, to amend Article II, Assessor and Assessments, to create a new Section 68-55 authorizing the Director of Finance or his designee, the City Treasurer, to project nonbinding tax levies to comply with the new statutory requirement of RSMo Section 137.243.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Randy Landes. City Treasurer, stated that this ordinance was needed in order to comply with new state laws regarding property tax levies. This ordinance allows for a designee to file the required paperwork before the deadline imposed under the state statutes.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090220
Authorizing renewal of Professional, Specialized, or Technical Services contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Humana Dental, and Vision Service Plan for employee benefits; and authorizing new contracts with Humana Dental, and USAble for employee benefits for the 2009-10 fiscal year that begins May 1, 2009.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, stated that this ordinance was allowing the city and its employees to be enrolled in various healthcare benefit plans. The city is working towards being self insured by the 2010-11 fiscal year. The plans call for more employee contributions this year.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090222
Amending Chapter 60 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, Missouri, entitled "Sewers and Sewage Disposal", by repealing Sections 60-2, 60-3, 60-4, 60-5 and 60-191, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter which adjust sewer rates and eliminate references to stormwater fees in this Chapter; and establishing an effective date.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, explained this was one of the annual budget items that would adjust sewer rates.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090223
Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, entitled “Water”, by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-8, 78-10, and 78-16, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter which adjust water rates and amend the process for imposing fees for termination of service with cause; and establishing an effective date.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, stated that this was an annual budget item that dealt with the adjustments to water rates and creating a new effective date.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090058
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to maintain the hiring freeze and other existing cost containment measures, limit certain discretionary expenditures, present recommendations to remediate the potential shortfall following the third quarter analysis and immediately begin the reduction in force proposed in the submitted budget.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (3/25/2009)"
This item was held for one week.

090180
(Sub.)
Adopting the Annual Budget of the City for the Fiscal Year 2009-10; estimating the revenues for the fiscal year; appropriating for the purposes stated the sums set forth in the budget; designating requisitioning authorities; directing the Director of Finance to make the necessary entries upon the City’s records to show the appropriations and allocations provided for; authorizing inter-fund loans; and adding a fund to the General Consolidating Funds of the City.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, proceeded to give an overview of items that would identify cuts to departments and programs in the upcoming annual budget. (A handout of the amendments showing the cuts is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Public testimony was taken on this item. The following people testified before the committee: Jim Rice Chuck Chamberlain - in favor of ordinance Sheila Tracy - Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Michael Brooks - keep youth program and Aim-4-Peace Pat Clark - keep youth program Rev. John Miles - keep programs aimed at youth Rosemary Low - against budget as proposed but reinstate programs for the inner-city Ronald Lindsay - opposed to budget as it stands Rev. Wallace Hartsfield - opposed to budget as it stands - keep programs for urban core Harlan Brownlee - wants support for funding Art, KC fund Bill Drummond - opposed to City Manager's budget Rachel Riley - 24th St Non-Violent Marchers - keep Aim-4-Peace Ron Hunt - talked about Aim-4-Peace Gerard Grimaldi - In favor of budget but restore proposed cuts to TMC and other safety net providers Barbara Courtney Michael Johnson Millie Vaughn - KCMO School District Lynda Callon - In favor of budget
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 1 - Sanders Brooks

090181
(Sub.)
Levying taxes for Fiscal Year 2009-10 for General Revenue, Health Levy, Museum Special Revenue and General Debt and Interest Funds on all property in Kansas City subject to taxation on January 1, 2009; providing for the extension of such levies by the Director of Finance; and authorizing the collection by the Director of Finance.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, explained that this is one of the annual budget items for tax levy purposes for the upcoming fiscal year.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090182
Levying a maintenance tax for Fiscal Year 2009-10 upon all real estate, exclusive of improvements, not exempt by law from general taxation, for the purpose of maintaining, adorning, constructing, repairing and otherwise improving the parks, parkways, boulevards, roads and grounds, and providing for the manner of payment and collecting the special assessment.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, explained that the annual budget calls for levying a maintenance tax for city transportation infrastructure.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090183
Levying a special assessment on the lots, tracts, and parcels of land in the East Park and West Park Districts abutting on certain boulevards, parkways, roads, streets, avenues and highways under the control and management of the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners for Fiscal Year 2009-10 for the purpose of maintaining, repairing, and otherwise improving the boulevards, parkways, roads, streets, avenues and highways in these districts.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, stated that this ordinance was an annual budget item that levies a special assessment against real property for street and roadway maintenance purposes.
Ayes: 4 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein
Nays: 0

090186
Levying a special assessment upon all real estate, exclusive of improvements, not exempt by law from general taxation in the North, East and West Trafficway Districts for the purpose of maintaining, improving and repairing the trafficways, and providing for the manner of payment and collecting the special assessment.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, stated that this was an annual budget item that allowed for the levying of a special assessment for trafficway and roadway maintenance and provides for the way the assessment will be collected.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Marcason, Gottstein
Nays: 1 - Sanders Brooks
 
 All additional business items were held for one week. The Monthly Financial Report for January, 2009 will be presented. There will be a continuation of the presentation by the Finance Department and Budget Office regarding the state of the budget to date, including Departmental Detail. 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; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12.