CHERYL L. BROWN                                                                                                                                           117 WEST DUVAL STREET, SUITE 425

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Finance Committee Agenda Meeting Minutes

January 4, 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, Aaron Bowman, Anna Lopez Brosche, John Crescimbeni, Reginald Gaffney, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg


Also: Kirk Sherman and Kyle Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston and Rita Mairs – Office of General Counsel; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Jessica Morales  – Legislative Services Division; Ali Korman Shelton – Mayor’s Office


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 18 items marked for deferral, 9 items ready for action (2 as substitutes) and 5 items for second reading and re-referral.


Chairman Gulliford announced that Mayor Curry would be making a presentation to the committee at the beginning of the meeting regarding his plan for paying down unfunded pension liability. He also said that if any committee member wants the City’s Inspector General to appear at a future meeting to discuss his office’s 2015 annual report, he would be happy to schedule a presentation.


The Chairman appointed a Finance subcommittee comprised of Council Members Lopez Brosche (chair), Crescimbeni and Becton to review the documents submitted by the Police and Fire Pension Fund in response to the committee’s subpoena issued in late 2015 for PFPF financial records.


2015-550 (amending JTA FY13-14 budget): the bill will be deferred at the request of the JTA.


2015-654 (creating new Ordinance Code section regarding vehicle allowances): CFO Mike Weinstein will be present to discuss the proposal.

2015-396 (expanding the JIA CRA boundary): Council Member Becton said that the JIA CRA board is not close to reaching a recommendation on this proposed expansion and recommended that the bill be withdrawn with the possibility of being re-introduced at a later time after the JIA CRA makes a recommendation. Council Member Gaffney recommended that the bill be left on the agenda and a decision made when the one-year introduction anniversary arrives in May.


2015-801 (appropriating $400,000 for completion of Beaver Street Villas project): in response to a question from Council Member Gaffney about the proposed deferral, Assistant Council Auditor Kyle Billy explained that several amendments need to be drafted to fill in missing information. Council Member Newby noted that the project is time sensitive and needs to be approved by Council before the end of January.


Mr. Gulliford noted that he had received a memo from the Finance Department stating that the City is writing off as uncollectible some $11 million in unpaid parking tickets dating back to 1980.


Meeting Adjourned: 9:14 a.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

             1.4.16   Posted 11:30 a.m.

Tapes:  Finance agenda meeting– LSD


Materials: Auditor’s marked Finance agenda