Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee Meeting Minutes
Meeting Minutes: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
City Hall, Academy Room,
Committee members in attendance: Robert Gallagher,
Committee members absent: Randy Case II, Cynthia Halsey
Others present: Steve Cox/City Management, Dan Raider/CSFD, Nina Rikoski/CSFD, Bob Lund/CSFD, Lili Tran/CSPD,
Call to Order: Chair
Citizen Comment: There were no citizens in attendance.
Approval of Minutes: The Chair asked for approval of the minutes from the April 2, 2008 meeting. The committee reviewed and accepted the minutes.
MOTION: Joe Pelka moved for the approval of the April 2, 2008 minutes as presented to us. Winfield Pate seconded. The motion to approve the minutes passed 9-0-0.
*Pat McElderry arrives at 4:45 p.m.
Future Public Safety Needs:
CEG would like to present before Council during the Informal session on Monday, June 9th before any further discussions take place. Council Members should receive a package from CEG today for their review. CEG purposes a 1 percent sales tax increase for funding. This matches the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) sales tax and will provide $60-70M in revenue. This is a specified sales tax and would not be placed into the General Fund.
Questions were raised regarding additional revenue without questioning the efficiency of the existing programs, the effectiveness of the programs, types of products offered, and the mix of services rendered. Many people housed in jails are actually have medical problems, but are picked up and placed in the jail. Also 90 percent of the fire calls are not fire related, but are medical emergencies. We need to analyze our services and revenue.
Discussion ensued regarding the questions raised. Committee member stated that the CEG is at the educational phase of the proposed tax increase.
Council Members are aware that we have a tax leakage problem and have recently implemented the Sustainable Funding Committee that will hold its first meeting at the end of this month. It is made up of citizens and City employees with the first report due to Council January 2009.
Question raised on how the money collected would be divided between the county and municipalities. Answer ? there is a formula based loosely on population of municipalities but 15 percent would go to capital and 85 percent would go to operations. Are there any other considerations being made for revenue? Sales tax and property tax seem to be it, the latter being a hard tax to sell the citizens? and businesses.
Discussion about what issues we can control versus what we cannot control. Also people need to be made aware that City of
Other questions raised are will the business community have a say in this tax? Will there be an economic impact study? What happens if we raise the tax and loose 30 percent of the tax base? We are heavily dependent on military installations. Why is no one is asking the City to accomplish competitiveness or implement performance budgeting?
Fire Update: Dan Raider is taking over for Steve Cox?s Fire Department?s roll. Bob Lund presented the Fire update. Station 8 is complete and landscaping will be finished in July. It is housing reserve apparatuses and storage for tools and equipment for the Wildland Risk Management Program. A question was raised about using the building for a General Fund program, but the CSFD clarified that the Wildland Risk Management Program is funded through PSST and augmented by a federal grant. Questions about the disposition of Station 8 were raised by Dick Hansen, Joe Pelka, and Pat McElderry regarding the Fire Department retaining the building rather than disposing of it and putting the revenue received towards additional PSST capital projects. Marjorie Smith stated that the because of its location, it is a good area to have a reserve fleet in. Regarding Station 1 looking into having the perceived historic building moved somewhere at the new owners expense. Bob Lund plans to send out an RFP to do the moving. The cost to move the building is about ½ of the assessed value of the building. It would cost $50,000 to destroy the building as it contains asbestos. Dan mentioned that they toured District 11?s geothermal heating/cooling system. Generally heating/cooling systems use approximately 75 kbtu?s and this type system reduces it to 25 kbtu?s. This is being considered for future Fire stations heating/cooling systems. We are also checking out refurbishing fire apparatus. Sent two 1995/1996 apparatuses to different vendors and decided on the quality of SuperVac in
Note: A request was made to have CSFD make a presentation to the PSSTOC in August regarding the decision to keep the Old Fire Station #8 for the City. The future presentation should include the decision making process for keeping the station versus selling it and how the old station will be used to support PSST projects.
Dick Hansen requested that there be no meeting in July as there will be no new business.
Meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.
Next Meeting: August 6th, 4:30 ? 6:30 P.M., Academy Room, City Hall. Agenda to include model for Annual Report.
Notes: The minutes of this meeting were taken by