It wasn't hesitation with the draft overall, but with the aspect of using a non-council committee, which would be appointed by the city administrator or the mayor, to act as a conduit between developers and the council. Third Ward Councilman Bob Scrivner, 3rd Ward Councilman Bryan Pope and 4th Ward Councilwoman Carrie Carroll spoke on the issue and expressed some concern about using such a group.
Madeleine Leroux/News Tribune reporter
The News Tribune ran two stories on Dec. 23 looking at the pay of Jefferson City department heads as compared to University City, Cape Girardeau, Chesterfield, Joplin and Columbia.
Jefferson City has an audit done every year by an outside firm. The audit for the past fiscal year is just finishing now. Past audits can be found at the city's website, at jeffcitymo.org/finance/financial.html
The Chamber provides an annual report to the council on economic development activities, which is what the city and county contract with the chamber to provide. Reports for the past five years can be found on both the News Tribune website and the City of Jefferson website.
In the documents section of the News Tribune website, you can find a document entitled 2013 budget changes that shows all of the mayor's original proposed changes and the council adjustments. The eight one time infrastructure projects are under the purple header mid-way through the page. It is located at newstribune.com/documents/2012/sep/14/6/
Madeleine Leroux/ News Tribune reporter
The Sunday News Tribune provided a breakdown of every change in the 2013 budget as well as the total amount of the budget. The News Tribune also has provided the full 2013 operating budget, as well as department cuts, personnel salaries and all changes made by the council to the mayor's initial proposed budget online. Those documents can be found at newstribune.com/documents/sets/2013-jefferson-city-budget.
In today's print copy of the News Tribune, the full e-mail was printed and the council member is named in the article. The e-mail was sent at 5:29 p.m. Friday and the News Tribune received a copy Monday morning.
Madeleine Leroux/ News Tribune
The News Tribune sent an inquiry to the Insurance Services Office requesting that information. The office responded saying they consider the work to be a "proprietary work product" and as such stated "it is not our role to provide this data in a public forum." However, individual cities usually release this information when requested. Columbia and Springfield both have a class 2 rating as of 2009. Joplin's website lists that it has a class 3 rating. The Wentzville Fire Protection District's website shows the City of Wentzville has a class 5 rating. Information on St. Joseph and Sedalia was unavailable.
To see the full plan for expenditures of the proposed one-fourth cent sales tax, please see the Fire Department Improvement Plan document at newstribune.com/documents. As for the current tax funds used for the department, the Fire Department and Police Department currently receive 19 percent of the half-cent capital improvements sales tax, approved by voters last August. In the original plan proposed by the Fire Department, the sales tax would have replaced funding from future capital improvements sales taxes, but the plan was changed when the department switched from a three-eighth-cent sales tax proposal to the one-fourth-cent sales tax currently being proposed. For more information on that change, please see a story from March 25, "Funding change clarified on JC sales tax proposal."
For a complete look at the financials associated with running the MSP from the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, go to newstribune.com/msp.
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