Intergovernmental Relations Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting

February 3, 2009

9:30 a.m. - Room 317 City Hall
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Committee Members Present: Council Members Hodges, Colvin Roy,
Hofstede, Remington, Glidden, Ostrow (quorum 4)

Council Committee Coordinator: Irene Kasper (612) 673-2219

Discussion Items

1. Office of Grants and Special Projects:

2008 Annual Report.

Requested Action/Action Taken: Receive & file.

2. Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA):

Approve resolution withdrawing the City of Mpls from the regional library system due to the merger with Hennepin County.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Restaurant Alma (528 University Ave SE):

Consider amendment to the Local Government Finance section of the City of Mpls 2009 Legislative Agenda to include support for legislation relating to taxation and the Downtown Taxing District.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Tax Direction:

Report back on staff directive of 12/9/2008 which read as follows: "IGR staff is directed to prepare a legislative proposal relating to restoring the lower property tax classification for homesteaded single family and multi-family dwelling units and to return to the IGR Committee with a report on the proposal for consideration at its meeting on January 6, 2009. Staff shall further consult with the League of Minnesota Cities and the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities and the legislative delegation, and shall further provide additional information to the committee on the impact of the tax law changes on conversions from homesteaded properties to rental." (Postponed 1/6/2009).

Action Taken: Postponed.

5. Closed Pension Funds:

a) Mpls Employees Retirement Federation (MERF):
Consider supporting the Board of MERF's recommendation that action be taken during the 2009 legislative session to consolidate MERF into the Public Employees' Retirement Association of the State of Minnesota (PERA).

Action Taken: a) Approved concurrence with the position of the MERF Board and their Resolution, and joined in the MERF Board in recommending that action be taken by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2009 legislative session to consolidate MERF into PERA, with an effective date no later than June 30, 2010; b) Approved staff recommendation to add language to the City of Mpls 2009 Legislative Agenda, amended to read as follows: 1) "Merge MPRA and MFRA into PERA-Police & Fire: The City will pursue legislation that merges MPRA and MFRA into PERA-Police & Fire, with an effective date no not later than December 31, 2010. A merger plan will include continued financial contributions from the City & the State, continuation of basic pension benefits that are at least equal to current levels, cost of living adjustments consistent with other PERA-Police & Fire retirees, and a plan to transfer each plan's assets to PERA-Police & Fire at least six months prior to the effective date of the merger; 2) MPRA & MFRA unit value. The City will pursue legislation that sets the methodology for calculation of the unit value for MPRA & MFRA basic retirement benefits in amounts commensurate with actual payroll practices of the City of Minneapolis."

6. Regional Solutions:

Consider amendment to the Municipal Governance section of the City of Mpls 2009 Legislative Agenda to add language related to regional & cross jurisdictional cooperation.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. State Fiscal Relations:

a) Consider amendment to the Local Government Finance section of the City of Mpls 2009 Legislative Agenda to add to existing language relating to revenue diversity.

b) Consider direction to staff to explore development of legislation regarding the State-Local fiscal relationship.

Action Taken: a) Approved; b) Approved direction to staff to read as follows: A) IGR and Finance Department staff are directed to answer the following informational requests regarding the state/municipal fiscal relationship and report back to the IGR Committee at its March 3, 2009 meeting. Information should include: 1) The City of Minneapolis’ LGA appropriation as compared to the total LGA appropriation from 1998 – 2009; and 2) Data regarding sales tax, income tax and property tax generated within the City of Minneapolis from 1998 – 2009, being aware of the limitations of revenue and tax data collected by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and identifying separately the Convention Center sales tax. B) Based on the information above staff is directed to generate policy alternatives to the current state/local government fiscal relationship. Alternatives should include, but aren’t limited to, consideration of: 1) Replacing the LGA program statewide and allow participating cities to retain all or part of the sales tax revenue within their boundaries; and 2) Replacing or limiting Minneapolis’ part of the LGA program and allow Minneapolis to keep all or part of its sales tax revenue from within its boundaries.

8. Federal/State/Local Update.

Action Taken: Received & filed verbal report.

Not on Printed Agenda

9. Marriage and Family Protection Act:

Consider amendment to the City Livability section of the City of Mpls 2009 Legislative Agenda to include support for legislation.

Action Taken: Approved.

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.

Next Regular IGR Meeting: 2/17/2009

Next City Council Meeting: 2/6/2009

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