No Public Notice for Thursday BOA Budget Meeting: Sheriff & Circuit Atty

Budget9-10 am Thursday, May 31, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Room Unknown
Maybe Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but no public testimony)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda – None
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Agenda- as listed on last page of last Thursday’s Calendar Letter to Board of Aldermen, confirmed by Alderman Muhammad tonight
Thursday
9 am Sheriff’s Office Budget: p. 89 Sheriff budget will be cut by 5 employees.

9:30 am Circuit Attorney’s Office Budget: p. 88 Circuit Attorney budget will increase by 7 employees to be paid from other than General Revenue, does not say which sales/use tax being used.

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…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen 

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Monday City Budget Hearings: Airport & Parks, Rec, Forestry

BudgetMake your voice heard! Contact your Alderman, Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact info at end of post. 

9 am Monday, May 21, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

9 am Airport Budget

The Airport is adding 4 employees to Construction/Maintenance Division and Airport Commission is adding $2 Million to contract services.

10 am Parks, Recreation, Forestry Department Budget

Director’s Office is doubling budget for contract services. Recreation Division Boxing Program is doubling budget for contract services. Neither of these is a large amount but as you see from the below, the growth in spending appears to be in contract services.

Recreation Division is receiving $495,213 from Prop P to hire Recreation Leaders and hardware to track program.

Forestry Division is adding $100,000 to contract services.

Forestry Weed & Debris Control Program adding $100,000 in contract services.

Forestry Weed & Debris Control Program adding 1 more employee. Forestry District Debris Removal Program (vacant lots) is decreasing staff by 1 employee. That might be swapping which fund an employee is paid from.

Operation Brightside appears to be defunded for Materials & Supplies.

Parks Administration adding $144,000 in contract services.

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…
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.”

 

Wednesday Budget Hearing On Public Safety Cuts

budget2018_AOP_cover-page-001St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Leisure Room, City Hall, 1200 Market

Open to the Public but the public opportunity to testify was a one hour meeting last week.

Hearing on Budget for Public Safety Department
Director
Corrections Division
Fire Department
Police Department

Cuts to Public Safety Department Budget includes…
-$280,000 Building Division (cut 5 positions + miscellaneous)
-$205,000 Neighborhood Stabilization (cut 3 positions)
-$140,000 Corrections Division (salary savings and overtime reductions)
-$30,000 Excise Divisions (salaries down)
-$143,000 Police Department (cut 5 vacant Park ranger positions + miscellaneous)
-$70,000 Police Department (cut 1 vacant Marshal position + miscellaneous)

City Website Calendar Notice

Board Bill 1 (FY2018 Budget)

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

Budget Division FY 2018 Budget slide show

Video of Budget Division FY 2018 Budget Presentation to BOA Ways & Means Committee

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.

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Thursday Hearing on Cuts to Parks & Forestry Budget

pontiac1St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
8:30 am Thursday, May 18, 2017
Leisure Room, City Hall, 1200 Market

Open to the Public but the public opportunity to testify was the one hour Wednesday at another meeting 

+ Approve Notices for the Minimum Wage Law & Rules and Regulations

+ Hearing on Budget for Parks Department:
Parks Division- $200,000 Reduction (3 vacant positions)
Forestry- $100,000 Reduction (weed control contract)

City Website Calendar Notice

Board Bill 1 (FY2018 Budget)

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

Budget Division FY 2018 Budget slide show

Video of Budget Division FY 2018 Budget Presentation to BOA Ways & Means Committee

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 Hearing On Budget Cuts To Streets Dept

budget2018_AOP_cover-page-001St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
9 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Leisure Room, City Hall, 1200 Market

Open to the Public but the public opportunity to testify is one hour Wednesday at another meeting. 

Hearing on Budget Cuts for Streets Department:
Street Division- $215,000 Reduction (5 utility & construction positions)
Traffic & Lighting Division- $170,000 Reduction (1 position & supplies)
Refuse Division- $250,000 Reduction (7 vacant positions in Refuse)
– $80,000 Reduction (Towing & Director’s office miscellaneous)
– $107,000 Reduction (school crossing guards, allegedly to be funded instead by School District)

Added to Agenda: Hearing on Board Bill 12 relating to City borrowing

City Website Calendar Notice (unfortunately edited to remove Streets Dept. Budget hearing while adding BB12.

Board Bill 1 (FY2018 Budget)

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

Budget Division FY 2018 Budget slide show

Video of Budget Division FY 2018 Budget Presentation to BOA Ways & Means Committee

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 Citizen Input Meeting on FY 2018 City Budget

budget2018_AOP_cover-page-001This is the one hour allotted to the public to comment in person on City Budget and proposed staffing cuts (or, in the case of the Mayor’s office, staffing increase).

St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Citizens Input Meeting on City Budget
6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, May 17th
St. Mary Magdalen School Hall, 4924 Bancroft
(14th Ward, Southampton Neighborhood)

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Board Bill 1 (FY2018 Budget)

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

Budget Division FY 2018 Budget slide show

Video of Budget Division FY 2018 Budget Presentation to BOA Ways & Means Committee

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