CHERYL L. BROWN                                                                                                                                           117 WEST DUVAL STREET, SUITE 425

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Finance Committee Agenda Meeting Minutes

April 18, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Topic: Finance Committee agenda meeting


Location: Conference Room A, City Hall – St. James Building; 117 West Duval Street,

Suite 425


In attendance: Council Members Bill Gulliford, Danny Becton, Lori Boyer, Anna Lopez Brosche, Reginald Gaffney, Aaron Bowman, Tommy Hazouri, Greg Anderson


Also: Kirk Sherman and Kyle Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Paige Johnston, Peggy Sidman and Stephen Durden – Office of General Counsel; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Jessica Morales  – Legislative Services Division; Sam Mousa and Ali Korman Shelton – Mayor’s Office; Angela Moyer – Finance Department


See attached sign-in sheet for additional attendees


Meeting Convened: 9:00 a.m.


Chairman Gulliford called the meeting to order and asked the attendees to introduce themselves. He reviewed the Auditor’s marked agenda which included 12 items marked for deferral, 19 items ready for action (2 as substitutes, 1 for withdrawal, 1 as an emergency) and 14 items for second reading and re-referral.


The Chairman announced that the discussion of the response to the Police and Fire Pension Fund subpoenas by the subcommittee will be deferred to the next meeting because interim PFPF Executive Director Beth McCague is out of town today. Mr. Gulliford also announced that the Office of General Counsel is investigating the possibility of enforcing a clawback to recoup retirement funds from former City Finance Director Ronnie Belton who converted from the defined benefit to the defined contribution retirement plan and took a cash distribution upon his separation from the City. He hopes a report will be available at the next committee meeting.


2015-519 (amending Public Property Code regarding procedures for donation of surplus properties for affordable housing purposes): Council Member Reggie Brown has asked for deferral but the Chairman is not inclined to defer unless it is the will of the committee.


2016-130 (amending adult entertainment code to require posting of human trafficking prevention signs): Council Member Becton will offer a committee amendment and will have Undersheriff Pat Ivey present to discuss the bill.


2016-203 (appropriation of funds to clean up budgetary balances in the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission): the item will be moved to third on the agenda to accommodate the schedule of a speaker on the bill.


2016-285 (economic development agreement for Project Rex): Council Member Bowman requested that the bill be moved up to fourth on the agenda.


Council Member Boyer requested that at the next Finance meeting the committee hear a presentation from the Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority staff about the potential impact of the default by borrowers on repayment of housing assistance bonds on the JHFA’s bond rating.


Council Member Boyer requested a committee amendment to 2016-203 to add specificity on the purpose of the appropriation as required by the Ordinance Code. Angela Moyer of the Budget Office explained the need for the bill and her preference for categories of expenses to be funded rather than a long list of absolutely specific appropriations.



Meeting Adjourned: 9:14 a.m.



Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

             4.18.16   Posted 10:30 a.m.

Tapes:  Finance agenda meeting– LSD


Materials: Auditor’s marked Finance agenda