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Finance Committee Agenda Meeting Minutes
Topic: Finance Committee agenda meeting
Location: City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall – St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street
In attendance: Council Members Garrett Dennis (Chair), Danny Becton, Lori Boyer, Katrina Brown, Reggie Brown, Reggie Gaffney and Matt Schellenberg
Also: Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Peggy Sidman – Office of General Counsel; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Crystal Shemwell – Legislative Services Division; Ali Shelton – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Joey Greive – Administration and Finance Department; Bill Hodges – Jacksonville Children’s Commission
Meeting Convened: 9:01 a.m.
Chairman Dennis called the meeting to order and asked the attendees to introduce themselves. Mr. Dennis reviewed the Auditor’s marked agenda which included 5 items marked for deferral, 17 items ready for action (1 for amendment and re-referral to committee) and 4 items for second reading and re-referral.
The meeting will begin with presentations by the Council Auditor of Audit #798 (JTA Paratransit Audit) and the adoption process for the rolled-back millage rate.
Chairman Dennis announced that he would be deferring 2017-427 (Appropriating $2,370,759 to fund various affordable housing programs) pending a report from the Neighborhoods Department on questions raised at yesterday’s NCISPHS committee meeting. Council Member Katrina Brown requested that the bill at least be discussed and audience members allowed to comment for the committee to understand the issues discussed at the previous committee. In response to a question, Peggy Sidman explained the process for committee members to challenge the ruling of the chair to defer the item.
Mr. Dennis announced that he would impose 5-minute and 3-minute time limits on committee members speaking for the first and second times on each motion. Council Member Boyer suggested that written amendments make the debate move more efficiently, but the General Council’s office prefers not to draft amendments in advance that may not be what the committee ultimately decides to propose. Council Member Reggie Brown felt that the committee meetings are where legislation should be discussed in-depth and preferred that debate not be limited in committee.
Meeting Adjourned: 9:19 a.m.
Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research
7.18.17 Posted 10:15 a.m.
Tapes: Finance agenda meeting– LSD