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

Eco Devo Sales Tax Hearings Tuesday & Wednesday

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

St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Public Hearings on
Board Bill 227 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia
To place a Sales Tax for “Economic Development” on the April 4th Ballot

8:30 am Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Leisure Room, City Hall. 1200 Market

6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Nebula co-working space, 3407 S Jefferson

There are three pages of Whereas in Board Bill 227, The Narrative intended to sway you, before the the meat and potatoes.

The Sales Tax would be dedicated to Economic Development including:
1) North/South Metrolink
2) Neighborhood Development
3) Workforce Development
4) Anti-Crime Infrastructure, including security cameras as well as a monitoring system
5) Upgrade the City’s Infrastructure

In other words, you are being asked to support yet another somewhat generic sales tax increase that the Board of Aldermen and Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor + Comptroller + Board President) will decide later what it is actually spent on.

Now, sure, you may hear or read that this will get _% and that will get _% of the new revenue. But, in reality, every time we pass one of these taxes for X, Y, Z, the actual appropriation is subject to politics.

Regardless of what you hear or read about the promises of this money, you would not be voting on specific percentages for spending categories. It could be that it will all mostly go to one category. Look at that above link to the actual proposal. Do you see any percentages?

Accountability is highly problematic. If this is put on the April ballot, some aldermen, who made whatever nonbinding promises they did on where the money would be spent, may not even be in office after April because of March Primary Election challengers. And there will be a new Mayor come April who may or may not share the same understanding on how this money should be spent. And, in a few short years, half of the Board of Aldermen will be gone because of ward reduction to 14 wards after 2020 redistricting. Just some things to consider.

I think these categories should each stand on their own for votes and they should have sunset clauses for reauthorization, maybe a re-vote in ten years.

As for North/South Metrolink expansion, I want an opportunity to vote on revenue for that project, but not junked up with other “economic development” issues, and I’d like to see a percentage of the revenue dedicated to better bus service.

But, we need to get a handle on taxes. Additional taxes maybe should wait until the next mayor. Our sales tax is already very high. We need to find different revenue streams.

And then there is the relationship between the sales tax for economic development and the soccer stadium proposal. 

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

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

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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