Ways & Means
Budget Subcommittee Agenda
 
2015 Budget Mark-Up
Monday, December 1, 2014
1:00 p.m. - Room 317, City Hall
 
 
  
Committee Members: Quincy (Chair), Glidden, Reich, Gordon, Frey, B. Johnson, Yang, Warsame, Goodman, Cano, Bender, A. Johnson, Palmisano
 
Council Committee Coordinator: Lisa Hansen 612-673-3963 
 
2015 Budget Markup
Considering the Mayor's 2015 Proposed Budget          1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Chair Quincy moved approval of the Mayor’s 2015 Proposed Budget.
 
1.    Technical Budget Amendments
 
Chair Quincy moved approval of the following technical amendments, all of which carried on a voice vote:
a.)   Community Planning & Economic Development: Amend the Mayor’s Recommended Budget transfer by $2,659,438, reducing fund 01CAZ revenue and fund 01CBY expense by $2,659,438;
b.)   Public Works: Decreasing expense appropriation by $300,000 (Fund 07300);
c.)   All Departments: Align recommended funding for the City’s Capital Asset Request System (CARS) to individual requesting departments;
d.)   Public Works: Decreasing revenue appropriation by $85,019;
e.)   Public Works: Increasing revenue and expense by $118,667 for special service district;
f.)    Public Works: Decreasing expense appropriation by $2,024,000 for organics rollout;
g.)   Regulatory Services: Increasing expense appropriation by $140,000 for traffic control to match revenue;
h.)   Community Planning & Economic Development: Increasing revenue and expense appropriation by $870,000 for Upper Harbor Terminal; and
i.)    Public Works: Reducing Fund 04100 appropriation request by $3,500,000 and reducing other miscellaneous revenues by $3,385,000 and net debt bonds by $115,000 for the PV085 Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project.
 
2.    Budget Amendments (by Council Members)
 
The following budget amendments were introduced and considered, as follows:
 
a.)   By Quincy: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction for Community Planning & Economic Development to report to the Community Development & Regulatory Services and the Ways & Means committees by July 1, 2015, with the financial status of the Great Streets Façade Improvement and Business District Support programs for evaluation prior to issuance of the 2015 Request for Proposals. Carried on voice vote.
b.)   By Quincy: Amend the 2015 Budget to utilize $80,000 in anticipated savings from the reduction in the 2015 citywide health insurance premium to increase the 2015 recommended budget in the City Clerk Office and add 1.0 FTE (Council Committee Coordinator). Carried on roll call (8-5).
c.)   By B. Johnson: Amend the 2015 Budget to increase expense appropriation and staffing in the City Clerk Office by $100,000 and 1.0 FTE, respectively, for the purposes of managing data practices requests with on-going costs to be recouped through the City’s internal cost allocation mechanism. Carried on voice vote.
d.)   By Glidden: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction for the City Coordinator to include staff from multiple departments, including CPED, to solicit, evaluate, and recommend proposals for downtown activation activities that align with City goals and complement City initiatives. Carried on voice vote.
e.)   By B. Johnson: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction to direct the Fire Department to commence with recruit classes as soon as feasible and report back to Ways & Means Committee with a plan to maintain staffing at the approved complement level by July 1, 2015, for the purpose of reviewing and recommending mechanisms to provide for enhanced staffing levels. Carried on voice vote.
f.)    By Palmisano: Amend the Mayor’s 2015 Recommended Budget to reduce property tax levy increase by:
(1) Reducing 50% of the one-time funding for a Civil Rights Disparity Study in the Civil Rights Department by $150,000;
(2) Reducing 50% of the one-time funding in the City Coordinator Department for the Clean Energy Initiative of $150,000 (reduction of $75,000);
(3) Reducing the one-time funding in the Convention Center by $100,000;
(4) Eliminating the tax increment-funded (TIF) activities in the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department (NCR) by $150,000 for staff/program expenses and $150,000 recommended for the One Minneapolis Fund and utilize the $300,000 of TIF to replace General Fund resources for NCR;
(5) Reduce ongoing funding for Health Insurance by $200,000 $120,000 to reflect lower premium [Note: Amount for this provision adjusted to reflect the addition of 1.0 FTE to Clerk’s Office; see (b) above];
(6) Reduce ongoing funding in the City Coordinator Department for the Office of Equitable Outcomes by $125,000 [Note: This provision removed by amendment, by Bender, which carried on roll call (7-6)];
(7) Reduce ongoing funding in Community Planning & Economic Development for Homeownership Counseling and Outreach by $125,000 and shifting an additional $75,000 to one-time funding; and
(8) Reduce ongoing funding for pedestrian safety initiatives in Public Works by $250,000 and replace with one-time General Fund resources. [Note: Removed by Council Member Palmisano.]
 
CLERK’S NOTE—See following table for budgetary details.
 
  Non-tax 
  Non-tax 
  Taxes 
Ref
Description
Other Rev
 Fund Bal
 On-Going GF 
(1)
Civil Rights Disparity Study
       (150,000)
(2)
Clean Energy Initiative
         (75,000)
(3)
Convention Center
       (100,000)
(4)
NCR Activities
      (150,000)
(4)
One Minneapolis
      (150,000)
(4)
Shift portion of NCR from Gen Fund to TIF
        300,000
           (300,000)
(5)
Reduce Health Ins Citywide
           (120,000)
(6)
Reduce Office of Equitable Outcomes
                      -  
(7)
Reduce/shift on-going Homeownership Outreach
          75,000
           (200,000)
(8)
Shift Public Works funding to one-time
                  -  
                      -  
 
Total
                  -  
       (250,000)
           (620,000)
 
The amendment by Palmisano, as amended, above, carried on roll call vote (7-6).
 
g.)   By Bender: Amend the 2015 Budget in the Regulatory Services Department to include funding for Homeline services in the amount of $100,000 to be funded from the Regulatory Services Revolving Fund and providing a staff direction for a status update to the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee of the activities performed by Homeline by July 1, 2015. Carried on voice vote.
h.)   By Frey: Amend the 2015 Budget in the Community Planning & Economic Development Department to direct $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding currently earmarked for the Senior Housing Initiative ($1.0 million) and the Owner Occupied Rehab Program ($0.5 million) to the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and to prioritize up to $2.5 million from the City’s development accounts for qualified affordable housing projects. Carried on voice vote.
i.)    By Bender & Frey: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction for the Community Planning & Economic Development Department to complete an analysis of existing housing stock and housing needs in Minneapolis to inform future policy decisions that support housing options for all levels of income including the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Transit-Oriented Development program as well as potential policy changes that support housing affordability such as inclusionary zoning. Carried on voice vote.
j.)    By Cano, Glidden, & Quincy: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction for the Intergovernmental Relations Department to lead a staff workgroup to identify opportunities for the City to support the Minneapolis implementation of the Presidential executive order on immigration and bring forward a proposal with a recommended resolution acknowledging the City’s commitment. Carried on voice vote.
k.)   By Cano: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction for the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department to coordinate with the Communications Department and other City departments to provide planning, supportive services, and outreach for the implementation of President Obama’s executive order on immigration policy. Carried on voice vote.
l.)    By A. Johnson: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction in which, given the fast-pace and evolving nature of communications technology and the growing needs of City staff in all departments in using such technology, the City Coordinator is directed to convene key department stakeholders to research how we are currently supporting this need and make recommendations on how the support and services of communications technology could be enhanced, including, but not limited to, the potential to move responsibility for the existing Radio Communications & Electronics work unit from Finance & Property Services Department to the Information Technology Department. Carried on voice vote.
m.)By Bender: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction in which the Department of Community Planning & Economic Development is directed to develop a five-year Art in Public Places capital plan and report back to the Community Development & Regulatory Services and the Ways & Means committees by March 31, 2015. Carried on voice vote.
n.)   By Yang & Warsame: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction to direct the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department (NCR) for a one-time provision of $55,000 for the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council for Project Lookout, as part of their 2015 recommended budget for community engagement activities utilizing $30,000 from the One Minneapolis Fund and the remainder to come from the department’s year-end savings. [Note: The funding source was amended, by Goodman, and carried on a voice vote.] Motion, as amended, carried on roll call (9-3).
o.)   By Palmisano: Amend the 2015 Budget in supporting the Minneapolis Police Department to allocate up to $75,000 of its recommended 2015 expense appropriation to partner with the City Attorney’s Office and the Domestic Abuse Hotline. Carried on voice vote.
p.)   By Glidden: Incorporate into the 2015 Budget a staff direction for the Finance & Property Services Department Procurement Division, in collaboration with affected City departments, to:
(1) Compile historical information of the City’s utilization of single source contracts and report back to the Committee of the Whole and Ways & Means Committee in the first quarter with recommendations for policy consideration to provide more opportunities for supplier diversity in procurement activities; and
(2) Review existing standards for insurance and bonding for City contractors, including comparison of standards used by the State of Minnesota and other public bodies, and report back to the Committee of the Whole and Ways & Means Committee in the first quarter with recommendations for policy considerations to provide more opportunities for supplier diversity in procurement activities.
Carried on voice vote.
q.)   By A. Johnson: Amend the 2015 Budget in the Communications, Community Planning & Economic Development, and Neighborhood & Community Relations departments by shifting Upper Harbor Terminal ($250,000) and Communications positions ($174,000) from TIF funding to General Fund and shifting Neighborhood & Community Relations General Fund allocation ($424,000) from General Fund to TIF funding. Carried on voice vote.
r.)    By B. Johnson: As a result of extensive discussion in Zoning & Planning Committee, directing the Finance & Property Services Department to facilitate the hire of 5 new positions (FTE) in the Community Planning & Economic Development/Development & Construction Codes Services Division. Carried on voice vote.
s.)   By B. Johnson: Staff direction to Community Planning & Economic Development Department to collaborate with Summit Academy OIC to facilitate participation in the City’s job training programs. Carried on voice vote.
t.)    By Reich & Glidden: Reduce transfer to the Convention Center Fund for the purpose of marketing, events, and community engagement programming by $10,000 and further reduce Arts, Culture & Creative Economy budget by a total of $15,000, and increasing funding to ART01 Art in Public Places by $25,000. Further, direct that funding to Art in Public Places for 2015 be dedicated to conservation of public art. Carried on voice vote.
 
3.            Staff Directives:
Chair Quincy moved approval of the following staff directions, all of which carried on a voice vote:
a.)   Finance & Property Services is directed to amend schedules and language according to amended budgets.
b.)   Finance & Property Services is directed to adjust five-year financial direction according to amended budgets and staff directions.
c.)   Public Works is directed to report to T&PW Committee by January 31, 2015, with proposed specific projects for the 2015 Capital Budget for paving program.
 
Chair Quincy moved to approve the Mayor’s 2015 Recommended Budget, as amended (above), and to submit the amended budget package to the full City Council for its consideration and formal action, following a public hearing scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The motion carried on voice vote.


 

 
Upcoming Dates
 
December 10, 2014    6:05 p.m.                     Public Hearing and Budget Adoption
 
 

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