Tuesday City Budget Hearings: Communications & Streets

BudgetMake your voice heard! Contact your Alderman, Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact Information at end of post.
 
9 am Tuesday, May 22, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
 
 
9 am Communications Division (Under Public Utilities Department) 
 
I did not know the division “monitors the performance of the cable franchise grantee, resolving complaints received from subscribers.” Those of you with Charter might want to keep that in mind. I do not know when this changed. 15 years ago when I had cable, City said there was nothing it could do about service issues. I have no idea if this is something you can CSB. Please post if you have information.
 
10 am Street Department (Street, Traffic, Refuse) 
 
Traffic & Lighting is cutting 2 employees.
 
Towing is cutting 1 employee.
 
Street Repair is cutting 1 employee.
 
Refuse Collection is cutting 2 employees but adding 1 administrative employee.
 
Street Cleaning is adding 1 employee.
 
The Refuse Division has about $11 Million in contract services for all its programs.
 
During the Budget process, the Board of Aldermen can only decrease a line item, cannot increase a line item. Increasing budget items is up to Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President).
 
Members of Ways & Means Committee (per City website, which has proven to be inaccurate in these matters) include: Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.
 
If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
 
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
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Tuesday City Counselor Meeting: Hiring Contract Attys For Opioid Lawsuits

Meeting Notice was not posted to City Calendar until this morning.

3:30 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2018
City Counselor
Selection Committee For Legal Services to Pursue Claims Against Certain Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors And Other Entities
Room 314, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

The State of Missouri has already filed an Opioid lawsuit.

City Calendar NoticeThe scheduling is confusing as that Airport Privatization Consultant Contract Meeting is at the same time in the City Counselor’s office.

The fastest growing item in the City’s Budget, outside of employee benefits, is the City Counselor’s Office. Budget request here.

The City Counselor is requesting an additional $2 Million within its General Govt category to hire outside counsel. The Budget process just started so this hiring before the money is in place seems very odd.

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City Counselor’s $22 Million Budget: Staffing requested for 2018-2019
General Govt- Repping Mayor/Depts: 61
Administration: 9
Litigation: 14
Corp, Legislation, Fiscal: 10
Workers Comp: 2
Problem Properties: 11
Eco Devo: 6
Police, including Sunshine: 9
Total Staff: 122

Except they won’t have 122 employees. Other departments have to reduce spending and staffing because of the Budget crisis. City Counselor gets to pad the budget. By not hiring the max authorized, money can be moved around- via Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Board President, Comptroller)- to hire positions not requested during budget process, promote and increase salaries, move funds to other departmental accounts, etc.

The City Counselor has also requested an additional $2 Million for judgments against the Police Department.

If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen 

An Important Read From Team TIF On City’s Finances: Revenue, Expenses, TIF Debt, Tax Abatement, Pensions

yTkejEGTE01/01/2017 Team TIF Blog: Stormy Fiscal Seas Ahead for St. Louis- A Look at the City of St. Louis’s FY2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

“Over the next 27 years, the City is projected to spend $636,466,000 in service of the TIF obligations that the city had issued as of June 30, 2017.”

“At over a billion dollars and growing, the police pensions could be a ticking time bomb that nobody has yet shown the courage to address.”

“The City’s Net Position held fairly steady at $1.3-$1.45 billion, for many years after the 2008 recession. After FY2013, the City’s Net Position has begun a dramatic decline. Some of this is due to the large debt load that was taken on, in order to win the NGA site selection process, though that can’t account for the entirety of the City’s declining fiscal position.”

“In 2013, the City’s net position was valued at $1.32 billion. As of June 30th of this year, it had halved to $646.5 million. The rate of the City’s Net Position decline slowed between 2015 and 2016, but has begun accelerating between 2016 and 2017. That the City’s Net Position has been halved in only a handful of years is of great concern. This declining position of is especially concerning, as the Comptroller notes that the Scottrade bonds hadn’t been signed, which would have added another $64M in obligations to the City’s books. This would have further decreased the City’s Net Position, but litigation held up the issuance of the bonds.”

 

City Budget Hearings Start Wednesday

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City online calendar lists Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Committee hearings on budget for…

9 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017

9 am Wednesday, May 11, 2017

No location is given. But it’s Free!

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The Board of Aldermen Agenda last Friday did not list Budget hearings this week.
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Previous Calendar Notice for Wednesday/Tomorrow said the committee was taking up the Board of Aldermen’s budget. That has disappeared. Both meetings this week just list Board Bill 1 (budget) instead of which departments’ budgets will be heard.

The City Calendar also lists a Ways & Means Committee Citizens Input Meeting on City Budget for 6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, May 17th, at St. Mary Magdalen School Hall, 4924 Bancroft

Board Bill 1 (FY2018 Budget)

Here’s the proposed City Operating Plan for FY2018, it will give you more information than the budget bill.

Ways & Means Committee Members: 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway (Chair), 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd (elected in April), 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad (elected in April), 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 4th Ward Alderman Samuel L. Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Aldermen and Board President

Wednesday Budget Hearings on Police & County Offices + Property Tax Hike

yTkejEGTEMake your voice heard. Contact Committee Members, Your Alderman, and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

St. Louis Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Wednesday, June 1
Leisure Room, City Hall
Board Bill 1 – FY 2017 Budget by Board President Lewis Reed and 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am Police Department

9:15 am Sheriff Department
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Wednesday Budget Hearings on Streets Dept & Collector of Revenue

yTkejEGTEMake your voice heard. Contact Committee Members, Your Alderman, and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

St. Louis Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Thursday, May 25th
Leisure Room, City Hall
Board Bill 1 – FY 2017 Budget by Board President Lewis Reed and 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am
Street Department
Traffic & Lighting Division
Street Division
Refuse Division

9:30 am Collector of Revenue

Members of the BOA Ways & Means Committee include: Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (27th Ward), Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward), Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Beth Murphy (13th Ward), Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward), Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward).

Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Members of the Board of Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed

Thursday Budget Hearing on Parks, Recreation, Forestry

yTkejEGTEMake your voice heard. Contact Committee Members, Your Alderman, and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

St. Louis Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Thursday, May 19th
Leisure Room, City Hall
Board Bill 1 – FY 2017 Budget by Board President Lewis Reed and 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am Parks, Recreation & Forestry Budget (Greg Hayes, Parks Director)

9 am Parks Department (Commissioner Dan Skillman)

9:30 am Recreation Department (Commissioner Evelyn Rice-Peebles)

10 am Forestry Department (Commissioner Skip Kincaid)

Members of the BOA Ways & Means Committee include: Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (27th Ward), Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward), Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Beth Murphy (13th Ward), Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward), Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward).

Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Members of the Board of Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed