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All in the order today's. 00:00:00
Finance Committee gentleman if you would take a look. 00:00:02
That the minutes from last week's meeting and there's a motion to adopt. 00:00:05
We'll entertain that. So moved second, all in favor, say aye. 00:00:08
Minutes are adopted. 00:00:13
Item number one under New Business. 00:00:15
Authorization to disperse from District 2 improvement funds. Miss Howard This is a request. 00:00:17
For face mask, and I need these for our seniors at the McDonald Health Center. Of course I ordered extra for anyone else that 00:00:24
needs them, but they're just face masks with the city's logo on them. 00:00:29
Starting next month, the senior citizens will have transportation, something that they haven't had for their senior exercise 00:00:35
program since since COVID started. And so we're trying to make sure that we have as much buy in from our seniors and that they 00:00:41
feel comfortable coming and to continue to come. Lately we've had from 60 to 65 senior show up and so we want. 00:00:48
Is many seniors that need to show up to show up and use our transportation services. The transportation department has been there 00:00:55
the past few weeks and so. 00:00:59
That's what our face mask up for and accounting and finance finance. 00:01:04
You're tracking. 00:01:10
Starting last week, we began digging back into. 00:01:11
Accumulated funds from past years? Yes, y'all are. 00:01:16
Are notifying us if we reach rock bottom, right? Yes, Sir. Yes, Sir. Is there any questions or is there a motion moved second all 00:01:19
in favor, say aye item is approved. Mr. Foster. Mr. Michael. 00:01:25
Pay Memphis. 00:01:32
Yes, Sir. This is a an amendment to the original contract with Paymentus, which basically just removes the fees that we were going 00:01:37
to charge the citizens for using parts. 00:01:42
So moved. 00:01:50
Sure, second, second. 00:01:51
When you say, remove them. 00:01:53
The customer is not. We're not charging. 00:01:55
City website. 00:01:59
Any questions or comments? 00:02:01
We have a motion and a second all in favor. Say aye, aye. 00:02:04
And to just give you a couple little updates related to this as well. So the fees will be the that will start after the first of 00:02:09
the year when those fees are removed. So right now if you pay online, you still have the fee that you pay when you go to make your 00:02:14
payment. So that will be like that through the end of the calendar year. We'll let you know if it happens sooner, but that's our 00:02:19
projection on that. 00:02:23
Also, we're gonna the business office and we'll be getting this on the trolleys and different locations throughout the city, but 00:02:29
the water business office will be closed and this is going to affect some other departments as well. 00:02:35
But it's going to be closed on October 5th and 6th for software updates related to news and things throughout the city, but it 00:02:40
specifically affects customers coming in to pay their water bills. 00:02:45
And so we didn't want to mention that. And then after that happens for us, what that's going to do for us on the the water sewer 00:02:51
building side is that we're going to move to a more uniform build date for all of our customers. And so right now, we currently 00:02:57
bill in 10 cycles a month and this will have us billing in two cycles a month. So it'll be more consistent. 00:03:03
For the customers and you'll start seeing that the October, November bills. 00:03:10
So there will be a kind of a grace period in there where there might be like six weeks between when someone gets a bill to their 00:03:14
next bill. There's going to be a gap in there. The usage won't be anymore, it's just going to be the the billing piece of it. And 00:03:20
then, so after that's complete there though, when the customer receives their bill, it will either be due on the 1st or either be 00:03:26
due on the 15th of every single month from now on. And so that'll make it. 00:03:31
So much more uniformly easier for them to budget. 00:03:38
And a lot more customer friendly and they know what to expect. 00:03:40
On that, so we did want to. 00:03:44
Mention that, but also if you hear from any customers that are have issues with their bills being late, please ask them to call us 00:03:47
because there is going to be a transition period in you'll see or the customers will see it in October and November. 00:03:53
So the bills will be higher. 00:04:00
The usage is just going to be, the usage will still be the same. It's just going to be when we actually get the bills out and then 00:04:01
we'll start being more consistent every single month from here on out. 00:04:05
OK. 00:04:10
Any questions or comments, October, November, Yes, ma'am, because I already get a lot of these scholars. So we're correcting those 00:04:11
calls that you get where people like I haven't gotten a bill or it's late or those type things and we're correcting that. But 00:04:16
there will be, like I said the there's going to be a transition period. 00:04:21
To where? 00:04:26
Some people would be a six week gap between their bills, OK? 00:04:27
Alright, thank you. 00:04:33
Item number three General Fund Budget Revision #23 Miss Standard. 00:04:34
Good afternoon, council, Good afternoon. There are two parts to this budget revision. The first one is for Miss Howard's district 00:04:42
improvement funds and that is that you know prior year clawback amount into the current year for her masks that she is requesting 00:04:49
is $2076.10 that we're pulling out of fund balance and putting it into her district improvement funds. 00:04:57
The second item within the budget revision is going to be $62,569 from the ambulance franchise fee to allow the fire department to 00:05:05
purchase some equipment. Chief Smith is here to brief on that equipment if you would like the details on it, but there is about 00:05:12
$300,000 left in the ambulance franchise fund. 00:05:19
The reserve amount which buying chief? 00:05:26
This is additional use, which we call Ella Guards. They're used in cardio cardiac arrest CPR. 00:05:31
It slowly elevates the head to a 90 degree. We've seen a lot of good success in it. 00:05:38
We've had several resuscitations. 00:05:44
Our substation rate has improved. One of the most notable was a. 00:05:47
23 year old high school or excuse me, you a student that went into cardiac arrest? 00:05:52
On the river walk, Cruise responded. She was in cardiac arrest for over 30 minutes and, resuscitated, walked out of the hospital. 00:05:58
And continued in school metaphor. Born here that next semester, she will be attending the award ceremony to award to the crew that 00:06:09
revivor. 00:06:13
Best. 00:06:18
Motion to approve. Second all in favor. Say aye. Thank you. 00:06:23
I am #4 Adoption of amendments to city code relating to water and sewer rights in the standard. Again, yes Sir, So items from here 00:06:32
on out on the Finance Committee are in regards to the FY24 budget proposal made and under consideration. Currently this first item 00:06:38
is going to be. 00:06:44
Updating water and sewer rates for the 9% rate increase that was proposed during the Mayor's budget recommendation. 00:06:50
OK. 00:06:59
Mr. Wilson escrow Any questions. 00:07:00
Motion approved. Second, all in favor. Say aye. Aye. 00:07:03
Rights or approve item number 5 and move approval. 00:07:08
Removal to append. 00:07:12
Approval to amend. 00:07:14
More easy for you, son. 00:07:17
Code Section 15-156 regarding solid waste collection and service charges. 00:07:21
Yes, Sir. So this is going to be the same. So the for the rate increase that is going to say is proposed to the Mayor's budget 00:07:27
recommendation for garbage rates. 00:07:32
There were there's not an across the board rate increase like there was with water and sewer. However, they're going to be 00:07:37
different rates throughout residential and commercial customers, first carts and secondary carts. 00:07:43
But all of those items were proposed during the presentation and then are included in revenue projections. 00:07:49
So moved second all in favor. Say aye, aye. 00:07:57
Charges are approved. Item number six Approval to amend Section 19-45B to city code for suspension of pay plan Step raises for 00:08:02
FY24. 00:08:07
During the. 00:08:14
During the Mayor's budget recommendation proposal, you will recall that there were two items through the through the city's. 00:08:16
Pay plan that are going to be a little different than what code currently states. 00:08:24
Currently within code at the pay plan adjustment every year is implementation of the cost of living increase. 00:08:28
And then two step raises for non public safety employees. 00:08:35
We are requesting to suspend one of those step increases and so that will allow for the 8.6% COLA and then the one 1 1/2% step 00:08:39
increase for all non public safety employees. 00:08:45
Motion to approve 2nd 8.68 point, 6% Cola and then a 1.5% step increase, so a 10.1% raise over. 00:08:54
Right. 00:09:04
OK. 00:09:06
There is a motion for a second. All in favor. Say aye. Aye. OK. 00:09:07
Item is approved. 00:09:14
Bless you. 00:09:17
Approval on #7. 00:09:18
Approval of amendments to Code Session 19-42, Exhibit D of the City's pay plan. 00:09:21
Yes, Sir. Exhibit D specifically refers to the public safety pay plan. 00:09:28
If you will recall this morning during budget hearings, the public safety pay plan does not specifically include a cost of living 00:09:33
increase. 00:09:37
Um, this year we are proposing to include that cost of living increase that is afforded to the rest of the city employees also 00:09:41
into the Public Safety Plan. So this will include an 8.6% cost of living increase into the Public safety section of the pay Plan. 00:09:49
Good. 00:09:56
So moved second all in favor. Say aye, aye. 00:09:57
Item number 8 Authorized Authorization of use of opioid funding for FY20, 24. 00:10:02
Yes, Sir. So this item is in regards to the. 00:10:09
Settlement revenue received from certain opioid litigation that you have been briefed on previously by the City Attorney's office. 00:10:13
Per the recommendation we are proposing to award. 00:10:22
Certain amounts to the Phoenix House and to Freedom Farm through that opioid funding amount that we have received from those 00:10:27
settlements. 00:10:31
I am going to propose an amendment to that funding. 00:10:36
That amendment would be that the portion allocated to Phoenix House. 00:10:40
Go from 50,000 to 150,000. 00:10:46
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:10:50
Item is approved. 00:10:53
#9 FY20 24 General Fund Budget. 00:10:55
The standard. 00:10:59
Yes, Sir. So this is the item that will. 00:11:01
Appropriate all funding for all City departments that are funded through the General Fund, as has been presented to you via the 00:11:04
Mayor's budget recommendation. 00:11:08
We have a proposed amendment to that in the area of district funds. 00:11:13
That it be increased by 5000 per district, so a total of 35,000. 00:11:19
And that amount to come from contingency. 00:11:26
OK, second. 00:11:29
All in favor, Say aye, aye. Any opposed? 00:11:31
We can all vote. 00:11:37
No you can't. 00:11:40
Item number ten Approval of FY20 24 Water and Sewer Fund budget. 00:11:43
This will appropriate all the funding for the departments within the Water and Sewer Fund budget as recommended by the Mayor's 00:11:49
budget proposal. 00:11:52
OK. Any questions or comments? 00:11:58
Second, all in favor, say aye aye item is approved. 00:12:01
Let's see, we're on #11 Approval of FY20 24 Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund Budget Standards. 00:12:09
This will appropriate all the funding for the projects and initiatives within the Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund budget proposal made by 00:12:17
the Mayor. 00:12:21
For his. 00:12:25
FY24 budget recommendation. 00:12:26
Before we any questions? Yes, Sir. 00:12:29
The standridge. 00:12:33
Originally. 00:12:34
The. 00:12:35
Skilled trades was in the elevated budget and now it has. 00:12:37
And $50,000 Now it has been moved to the. 00:12:41
General fund What agency budget at $100,000? 00:12:45
So can can. 00:12:50
I wasn't able to be here last week, so can anybody break that down to me because I know that a lot of the agencies that we 00:12:52
normally would give to have been impacted by that. 00:12:56
So. 00:13:03
Uh, yes. Originally the Skilled Trades Academy was funded out of the elevate. 00:13:05
Out of Elevate fund at 50,000 and really that that agency funding contract has now been transferred to the general fund budget and 00:13:12
is being increased to 100,000. And I mean that's really just. 00:13:18
The. 00:13:25
The process was initially with coming out of COVID was to encourage workforce development. 00:13:26
And we use elevate as a. 00:13:32
Everyone, of course. Every agency funding is one year. 00:13:34
So we looked at elevators, a good one time star place to see the difference that we make. 00:13:38
Clearly what they've been able to do has been phenomenal. 00:13:43
We felt that moving it into a general fund. 00:13:46
Position. 00:13:49
Would give them more assurance and long term funding. 00:13:50
That was the rationale behind. 00:13:55
Nothing more, nothing less. 00:13:57
And I have no no objection to to that, but I do know that a lot of the other agencies are smaller agencies. 00:13:58
Umm. 00:14:05
Have been really decreased. 00:14:07
And we've jumped them from 50 to 100,000 and so that's. 00:14:09
That's kind of where my my heart is, my concern, and I wasn't able to be here. 00:14:13
On last week to talk about that, but I know that that is part perhaps. 00:14:17
Impacted. 00:14:21
Well, what our smaller agencies receive. 00:14:22
Appreciate your questions and your comments in the. 00:14:26
I just wanna put I don't I don't really have any preference. 00:14:30
Between elevator agency funding. 00:14:34
I would say that that skill trades. 00:14:36
That's, that's the place that we all went out to. We're doing great job. My gosh, they are producing. 00:14:39
This can impact everybody. 00:14:45
So, so again, I don't have any. 00:14:49
Presence on where it is but the decision. 00:14:51
To fund it healthily, I think, was a good one. 00:14:54
Uh. 00:14:58
Any other comments or questions on that I I guess? 00:14:58
Ahead of the curve next year, if you want to look at that. Now. I told you that beforehand. If you just remember that. And I 00:15:02
actually agree, we follow it. But I remember, yeah, because I wanted to make sure. 00:15:07
This was known and talked about. 00:15:12
OK. Any other questions or comments? 00:15:17
Is there a motion so moved? 00:15:24
Second all in favor, say aye, aye. 00:15:26
OK. Item number 11, approval of FY24 Elevate. 00:15:29
1st Police fund budget is approved #12. 00:15:34
FY24 General Fund reserves for future improvements. 00:15:38
Sponge budget. 00:15:42
You will recall there are certain items within the general fund that were going to be assigned for capital purchases, namely 00:15:44
equipment for construction facilities and grounds, garbage truck for ESD and some equipment investments for information 00:15:51
technology. Those items are transferred generally out of the general fund and into a capital improvement fund budget mainly for 00:15:58
longevity of. 00:16:05
Of holding the budget there in case some of the equipment takes a little bit longer than a year to to arrive and have to pay for. 00:16:13
So we are proposing to transfer those items out of the general fund into the general fund reserve for future improvement fund and 00:16:18
then apply the equipment lines as denoted in the in the budget book. 00:16:24
OK. Any comments, questions? 00:16:30
Is there a motion? 00:16:34
So moved. 00:16:37
2nd. 00:16:38
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:16:39
OK. 00:16:42
Items or. 00:16:43
Over on the 14. 00:16:47
Approval of FY24 Water and Sewer Reserve for future improvements Fund budget Miss Standard. 00:16:52
So this item specifically goes towards the 10 year plan. If you will recall during the 10 year plan rate increase discussions, 00:16:58
there is a certain amount that is set aside for capital improvements. 6% of every single rate increase that we do for the next 00:17:04
couple of years is going to be set aside for the water and sewer 10 year plan to take out debt for infrastructure improvements of 00:17:10
the system. This item will pull out that 6% of the water and sewer rate increase and set it aside for future debt service 00:17:16
payments. 00:17:22
Of those amounts for infrastructure. 00:17:28
OK, so moved. 00:17:31
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:17:33
Item number 13 is improved Approved. 00:17:36
Authorization of expenditure for general fund facility renewal for FY24. 00:17:39
Within the General fund there is a $300,000 set aside for facility renewal amounts. This is going to be for general repairs for 00:17:45
smaller improvements around City Hall and other general fund city facilities. And this is just allowance of expenditure of that 00:17:53
$300,000 at the purview of the Executive Director of Construction Facilities and grounds for general maintenance and repair items. 00:18:01
Why is that a separate document in? 00:18:09
The budget as opposed to just another line item in. 00:18:13
His. 00:18:17
Because we pulled out the general fund and we set it aside separately and so if it's not, it's in the general fund budget as a 00:18:18
transfer out. 00:18:21
And so in order to be able to say that he can expand out of that set aside, we need another document and that you're allowing him 00:18:25
to expand. 00:18:28
Up to 300,000 and not exclude. 00:18:32
Any questions, comments? 00:18:37
Your motion. 00:18:39
Some move second. 00:18:41
All in favor say aye item number. 00:18:42
14 is approved item number 15 Authorization of expenditure. 00:18:46
Water and sewer facility renewal. 00:18:50
For FY24. 00:18:53
The same situation is here, but for the water and sewer fund and their facilities. We pull out $300,000 from the water and sewer 00:18:54
fund and we set it aside. 00:18:59
And this will be for repairs, maintenance and general improvements for water and sewer facilities. This will also be at the 00:19:04
purview of the Executive Director of Construction Facilities and Grounds in conjunction with the Water and Sewer Director also. 00:19:10
OK. 00:19:16
Any questions or comments? 00:19:17
Is there a motion? 00:19:21
So I moved second all in favor, say aye. 00:19:23
Aye. 00:19:26
Item number 15 is approved Item number 16. 00:19:28
Authorization of agency funding contracts for calendar year. 00:19:31
24. 00:19:35
This will approve agency contracts and the amounts that is required. 00:19:37
Through the mayor's budget recommendation, all of the agencies will be included for General Fund and then also elevate. 00:19:41
Agency. 00:19:48
Mr. Chair, before we vote on this. 00:19:50
I have a. 00:19:54
Question last year we made. 00:19:55
Special appropriations. 00:19:57
For CSP and TS. 00:19:59
Although they're not in and TS, all of they're not, although they're not in this particular budget we have already awarded them 00:20:02
something based on. 00:20:06
The community development. 00:20:11
Is there, is there? 00:20:12
Correct. 00:20:14
I think that's right, right? 00:20:15
I believe within. 00:20:18
The Council's budget last year, right? 00:20:19
With TS. 00:20:22
Yes, Sir. They they both have this special preparation after the end. 00:20:24
Right. TS is in here for 25,000. 00:20:28
As written right now. 00:20:32
My CSP was. 00:20:34
CSP was not correct. 00:20:35
But I think there's a contract with them that's coming through. 00:20:38
Community development right now and. 00:20:41
That, yeah, it is one. 00:20:43
I don't know that we did something, I can't remember what. We talked about that then. 00:20:45
That doesn't have anything to do with this. 00:20:51
Right. 00:20:54
It's coming through. 00:20:55
Ohh. 00:20:57
To make sure that they get those special appropriations. Mr. Wilson, Yes, Sir. If you'd like, I will work with you after this 00:21:00
meeting to put together a proposed revision for CSP. Is it OK? 00:21:06
I do have proposed amendments to this item. 00:21:14
That were submitted in accordance with our. 00:21:17
A request last week. 00:21:20
Sister cities will go up. 00:21:22
15,000 T Snip Up by 10,000 Christian Amerson Foundation. 00:21:24
Up to 10,000. 00:21:30
Which I believe is about a. 00:21:32
$8150 increase. 00:21:35
Those items are to come from contingency. 00:21:38
OK. 00:21:42
Got it. 00:21:43
Any questions or comments? Carla, can I ask you a question? I I've gotten some phone calls today about the library and I wanna. I 00:21:44
just want to spend just a second, Mr. Chairman on. 00:21:49
Of funding, just to help my memory come back on a couple of things. We talked about Carly. Yeah, I know that. 00:21:54
That when we started our budget, I believe I'm correct in saying we were. We were. 00:22:02
Almost half of what we ended up. 00:22:06
For the wave of Bolden. 00:22:09
Library because we ended up when that was audited, they brought us that we updated that number to pay 100%. 00:22:10
Of what we needed to to keep that functional and for the community. 00:22:17
We also gave them $1,000,000. 00:22:21
To fix the roof. 00:22:24
On. 00:22:25
One, yeah, we got him over $1,000,000 to do that. One of the things I know we had a discussion we didn't vote on. 00:22:26
But but I know that this 1.419 at this point is level funding from where we were before. 00:22:33
But I know we talked about. 00:22:39
Trying to. 00:22:42
Slowly raise that that money a little bit overtime, so. 00:22:43
What I would like to ask my colleagues to consider is once we get into this budget process, we kind of see where everything is 00:22:48
that. 00:22:53
Maybe we we will look at adding something, I think some type of appropriation later to come. 00:22:57
With administration and talk through that issue, Mr. Chairman, because I think what what the concern from? 00:23:02
Some board members and constituents. 00:23:09
Is basically that level funding is really a cut for them right now and they're really kind of wanting. 00:23:11
Us to kind of step up and give more money. I did text. 00:23:17
Commissioner Acker to ask him what the county was going to do, and it sounds like right now, the county's level. 00:23:20
Funding also, but he and I've been going back and forth in text. I'm hoping maybe that. 00:23:26
Between the city and the county, there'll be a way to maybe give them a little bit more money. 00:23:30
As soon as we can, but I mean today that's, I'm not gonna hold that up, Mr. Chairman, but I would be open to working with you on 00:23:35
that. 00:23:39
After we get through. 00:23:43
One October, I think we did it last year. Yeah, we did and we showed a responsiveness. 00:23:45
To the community and that is there a second, second. 00:23:51
Didn't kill last, activating last. 00:23:56
And. 00:24:00
Mr. Crowe, that together about that 85,000. 00:24:01
For tourism. 00:24:06
And then we talked about it again this morning. It said not. 00:24:09
Included in this. 00:24:12
Yeah, it is currently not. I don't. 00:24:14
No weather from. 00:24:18
Not from. 00:24:20
Conscious omission. 00:24:22
There was a piece that we had talked about that had to fall in place for that to happen and it did not. 00:24:24
But there's another. 00:24:31
Peace. 00:24:33
That's out there that. 00:24:34
If you do the same. 00:24:36
So we got. 00:24:38
CSP. 00:24:40
Library. 00:24:41
And visit Tuscaloosa. With that visit, Tuscaloosa would be glad to. 00:24:43
Work, in fact, maybe even before next week's vote. 00:24:48
A little background on our. 00:24:56
The reasons behind the recommendations? 00:24:58
With CSP. 00:25:00
We were convinced of what would go away or what would not be done. 00:25:02
If the 25,000 was not authorized. 00:25:07
Again, the and I'm not saying good or bad, it's just. 00:25:11
You know, they're they're. 00:25:15
Basically federally funded. 00:25:16
And through their own funds they generate organization. 00:25:18
With the library and with para and with the school system. 00:25:21
Although our hearts certainly were to do more, we were challenging our non public safety departments. 00:25:26
As best as possible to be with last year's budget so we could get the pay raise. 00:25:32
We also know that you will have another month and a half of revenues we don't have. 00:25:37
So my approach has been breaking years. We we look at internally first. 00:25:42
And if there are, then that gives you an opportunity as a council if there's. 00:25:48
Additional revenues to make the type of appropriations you're asking for. 00:25:53
With the visit Tuscaloosa. 00:25:57
$85,000 was for a software program I believe, if I'm not mistaken. 00:26:00
It was a one time. 00:26:05
Expenditure wasn't an ongoing operating cost. 00:26:07
I mean, I'm not good or bad, I'm sure whether it's busy Tuscaloosa Library, City Schools, para probably could all use more 00:26:12
resources. 00:26:15
I mean we we wouldn't dare try to argue against that if it's but that's sort of our recommendation was hold as much as we can to 00:26:20
the wine so we could get the pay increase knowing you would have probably another month and a half of good revenue numbers which 00:26:25
ultimately played out. 00:26:30
So, so I'm open for that discussion. Yeah. Yeah. I don't think, I don't think today is the time. 00:26:37
Continue. 00:26:45
We saw that. 00:26:47
Chair, I would just like to say thank you for the surprisingly easy discussion for the Christian Amerson Foundation we realized 00:26:51
last week. 00:26:55
In the documentation or whatever, not on their part, but I have been talking to the agency a few weeks prior to this and so I 00:27:01
appreciate that consideration. And so is that approved for the $10,000 it will be if I can call for all in favor? 00:27:08
We have a motion and a second. 00:27:18
Aye, aye, aye. 00:27:19
OK. 00:27:22
Agency funding is approved. That completes. 00:27:23
The items on the agenda for today or any other business to be brought before the Finance Committee. 00:27:26
Is there a motion to adjourn? 00:27:33
Say aye. 00:27:36
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All in the order today's. 00:00:00
Finance Committee gentleman if you would take a look. 00:00:02
That the minutes from last week's meeting and there's a motion to adopt. 00:00:05
We'll entertain that. So moved second, all in favor, say aye. 00:00:08
Minutes are adopted. 00:00:13
Item number one under New Business. 00:00:15
Authorization to disperse from District 2 improvement funds. Miss Howard This is a request. 00:00:17
For face mask, and I need these for our seniors at the McDonald Health Center. Of course I ordered extra for anyone else that 00:00:24
needs them, but they're just face masks with the city's logo on them. 00:00:29
Starting next month, the senior citizens will have transportation, something that they haven't had for their senior exercise 00:00:35
program since since COVID started. And so we're trying to make sure that we have as much buy in from our seniors and that they 00:00:41
feel comfortable coming and to continue to come. Lately we've had from 60 to 65 senior show up and so we want. 00:00:48
Is many seniors that need to show up to show up and use our transportation services. The transportation department has been there 00:00:55
the past few weeks and so. 00:00:59
That's what our face mask up for and accounting and finance finance. 00:01:04
You're tracking. 00:01:10
Starting last week, we began digging back into. 00:01:11
Accumulated funds from past years? Yes, y'all are. 00:01:16
Are notifying us if we reach rock bottom, right? Yes, Sir. Yes, Sir. Is there any questions or is there a motion moved second all 00:01:19
in favor, say aye item is approved. Mr. Foster. Mr. Michael. 00:01:25
Pay Memphis. 00:01:32
Yes, Sir. This is a an amendment to the original contract with Paymentus, which basically just removes the fees that we were going 00:01:37
to charge the citizens for using parts. 00:01:42
So moved. 00:01:50
Sure, second, second. 00:01:51
When you say, remove them. 00:01:53
The customer is not. We're not charging. 00:01:55
City website. 00:01:59
Any questions or comments? 00:02:01
We have a motion and a second all in favor. Say aye, aye. 00:02:04
And to just give you a couple little updates related to this as well. So the fees will be the that will start after the first of 00:02:09
the year when those fees are removed. So right now if you pay online, you still have the fee that you pay when you go to make your 00:02:14
payment. So that will be like that through the end of the calendar year. We'll let you know if it happens sooner, but that's our 00:02:19
projection on that. 00:02:23
Also, we're gonna the business office and we'll be getting this on the trolleys and different locations throughout the city, but 00:02:29
the water business office will be closed and this is going to affect some other departments as well. 00:02:35
But it's going to be closed on October 5th and 6th for software updates related to news and things throughout the city, but it 00:02:40
specifically affects customers coming in to pay their water bills. 00:02:45
And so we didn't want to mention that. And then after that happens for us, what that's going to do for us on the the water sewer 00:02:51
building side is that we're going to move to a more uniform build date for all of our customers. And so right now, we currently 00:02:57
bill in 10 cycles a month and this will have us billing in two cycles a month. So it'll be more consistent. 00:03:03
For the customers and you'll start seeing that the October, November bills. 00:03:10
So there will be a kind of a grace period in there where there might be like six weeks between when someone gets a bill to their 00:03:14
next bill. There's going to be a gap in there. The usage won't be anymore, it's just going to be the the billing piece of it. And 00:03:20
then, so after that's complete there though, when the customer receives their bill, it will either be due on the 1st or either be 00:03:26
due on the 15th of every single month from now on. And so that'll make it. 00:03:31
So much more uniformly easier for them to budget. 00:03:38
And a lot more customer friendly and they know what to expect. 00:03:40
On that, so we did want to. 00:03:44
Mention that, but also if you hear from any customers that are have issues with their bills being late, please ask them to call us 00:03:47
because there is going to be a transition period in you'll see or the customers will see it in October and November. 00:03:53
So the bills will be higher. 00:04:00
The usage is just going to be, the usage will still be the same. It's just going to be when we actually get the bills out and then 00:04:01
we'll start being more consistent every single month from here on out. 00:04:05
OK. 00:04:10
Any questions or comments, October, November, Yes, ma'am, because I already get a lot of these scholars. So we're correcting those 00:04:11
calls that you get where people like I haven't gotten a bill or it's late or those type things and we're correcting that. But 00:04:16
there will be, like I said the there's going to be a transition period. 00:04:21
To where? 00:04:26
Some people would be a six week gap between their bills, OK? 00:04:27
Alright, thank you. 00:04:33
Item number three General Fund Budget Revision #23 Miss Standard. 00:04:34
Good afternoon, council, Good afternoon. There are two parts to this budget revision. The first one is for Miss Howard's district 00:04:42
improvement funds and that is that you know prior year clawback amount into the current year for her masks that she is requesting 00:04:49
is $2076.10 that we're pulling out of fund balance and putting it into her district improvement funds. 00:04:57
The second item within the budget revision is going to be $62,569 from the ambulance franchise fee to allow the fire department to 00:05:05
purchase some equipment. Chief Smith is here to brief on that equipment if you would like the details on it, but there is about 00:05:12
$300,000 left in the ambulance franchise fund. 00:05:19
The reserve amount which buying chief? 00:05:26
This is additional use, which we call Ella Guards. They're used in cardio cardiac arrest CPR. 00:05:31
It slowly elevates the head to a 90 degree. We've seen a lot of good success in it. 00:05:38
We've had several resuscitations. 00:05:44
Our substation rate has improved. One of the most notable was a. 00:05:47
23 year old high school or excuse me, you a student that went into cardiac arrest? 00:05:52
On the river walk, Cruise responded. She was in cardiac arrest for over 30 minutes and, resuscitated, walked out of the hospital. 00:05:58
And continued in school metaphor. Born here that next semester, she will be attending the award ceremony to award to the crew that 00:06:09
revivor. 00:06:13
Best. 00:06:18
Motion to approve. Second all in favor. Say aye. Thank you. 00:06:23
I am #4 Adoption of amendments to city code relating to water and sewer rights in the standard. Again, yes Sir, So items from here 00:06:32
on out on the Finance Committee are in regards to the FY24 budget proposal made and under consideration. Currently this first item 00:06:38
is going to be. 00:06:44
Updating water and sewer rates for the 9% rate increase that was proposed during the Mayor's budget recommendation. 00:06:50
OK. 00:06:59
Mr. Wilson escrow Any questions. 00:07:00
Motion approved. Second, all in favor. Say aye. Aye. 00:07:03
Rights or approve item number 5 and move approval. 00:07:08
Removal to append. 00:07:12
Approval to amend. 00:07:14
More easy for you, son. 00:07:17
Code Section 15-156 regarding solid waste collection and service charges. 00:07:21
Yes, Sir. So this is going to be the same. So the for the rate increase that is going to say is proposed to the Mayor's budget 00:07:27
recommendation for garbage rates. 00:07:32
There were there's not an across the board rate increase like there was with water and sewer. However, they're going to be 00:07:37
different rates throughout residential and commercial customers, first carts and secondary carts. 00:07:43
But all of those items were proposed during the presentation and then are included in revenue projections. 00:07:49
So moved second all in favor. Say aye, aye. 00:07:57
Charges are approved. Item number six Approval to amend Section 19-45B to city code for suspension of pay plan Step raises for 00:08:02
FY24. 00:08:07
During the. 00:08:14
During the Mayor's budget recommendation proposal, you will recall that there were two items through the through the city's. 00:08:16
Pay plan that are going to be a little different than what code currently states. 00:08:24
Currently within code at the pay plan adjustment every year is implementation of the cost of living increase. 00:08:28
And then two step raises for non public safety employees. 00:08:35
We are requesting to suspend one of those step increases and so that will allow for the 8.6% COLA and then the one 1 1/2% step 00:08:39
increase for all non public safety employees. 00:08:45
Motion to approve 2nd 8.68 point, 6% Cola and then a 1.5% step increase, so a 10.1% raise over. 00:08:54
Right. 00:09:04
OK. 00:09:06
There is a motion for a second. All in favor. Say aye. Aye. OK. 00:09:07
Item is approved. 00:09:14
Bless you. 00:09:17
Approval on #7. 00:09:18
Approval of amendments to Code Session 19-42, Exhibit D of the City's pay plan. 00:09:21
Yes, Sir. Exhibit D specifically refers to the public safety pay plan. 00:09:28
If you will recall this morning during budget hearings, the public safety pay plan does not specifically include a cost of living 00:09:33
increase. 00:09:37
Um, this year we are proposing to include that cost of living increase that is afforded to the rest of the city employees also 00:09:41
into the Public Safety Plan. So this will include an 8.6% cost of living increase into the Public safety section of the pay Plan. 00:09:49
Good. 00:09:56
So moved second all in favor. Say aye, aye. 00:09:57
Item number 8 Authorized Authorization of use of opioid funding for FY20, 24. 00:10:02
Yes, Sir. So this item is in regards to the. 00:10:09
Settlement revenue received from certain opioid litigation that you have been briefed on previously by the City Attorney's office. 00:10:13
Per the recommendation we are proposing to award. 00:10:22
Certain amounts to the Phoenix House and to Freedom Farm through that opioid funding amount that we have received from those 00:10:27
settlements. 00:10:31
I am going to propose an amendment to that funding. 00:10:36
That amendment would be that the portion allocated to Phoenix House. 00:10:40
Go from 50,000 to 150,000. 00:10:46
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:10:50
Item is approved. 00:10:53
#9 FY20 24 General Fund Budget. 00:10:55
The standard. 00:10:59
Yes, Sir. So this is the item that will. 00:11:01
Appropriate all funding for all City departments that are funded through the General Fund, as has been presented to you via the 00:11:04
Mayor's budget recommendation. 00:11:08
We have a proposed amendment to that in the area of district funds. 00:11:13
That it be increased by 5000 per district, so a total of 35,000. 00:11:19
And that amount to come from contingency. 00:11:26
OK, second. 00:11:29
All in favor, Say aye, aye. Any opposed? 00:11:31
We can all vote. 00:11:37
No you can't. 00:11:40
Item number ten Approval of FY20 24 Water and Sewer Fund budget. 00:11:43
This will appropriate all the funding for the departments within the Water and Sewer Fund budget as recommended by the Mayor's 00:11:49
budget proposal. 00:11:52
OK. Any questions or comments? 00:11:58
Second, all in favor, say aye aye item is approved. 00:12:01
Let's see, we're on #11 Approval of FY20 24 Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund Budget Standards. 00:12:09
This will appropriate all the funding for the projects and initiatives within the Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund budget proposal made by 00:12:17
the Mayor. 00:12:21
For his. 00:12:25
FY24 budget recommendation. 00:12:26
Before we any questions? Yes, Sir. 00:12:29
The standridge. 00:12:33
Originally. 00:12:34
The. 00:12:35
Skilled trades was in the elevated budget and now it has. 00:12:37
And $50,000 Now it has been moved to the. 00:12:41
General fund What agency budget at $100,000? 00:12:45
So can can. 00:12:50
I wasn't able to be here last week, so can anybody break that down to me because I know that a lot of the agencies that we 00:12:52
normally would give to have been impacted by that. 00:12:56
So. 00:13:03
Uh, yes. Originally the Skilled Trades Academy was funded out of the elevate. 00:13:05
Out of Elevate fund at 50,000 and really that that agency funding contract has now been transferred to the general fund budget and 00:13:12
is being increased to 100,000. And I mean that's really just. 00:13:18
The. 00:13:25
The process was initially with coming out of COVID was to encourage workforce development. 00:13:26
And we use elevate as a. 00:13:32
Everyone, of course. Every agency funding is one year. 00:13:34
So we looked at elevators, a good one time star place to see the difference that we make. 00:13:38
Clearly what they've been able to do has been phenomenal. 00:13:43
We felt that moving it into a general fund. 00:13:46
Position. 00:13:49
Would give them more assurance and long term funding. 00:13:50
That was the rationale behind. 00:13:55
Nothing more, nothing less. 00:13:57
And I have no no objection to to that, but I do know that a lot of the other agencies are smaller agencies. 00:13:58
Umm. 00:14:05
Have been really decreased. 00:14:07
And we've jumped them from 50 to 100,000 and so that's. 00:14:09
That's kind of where my my heart is, my concern, and I wasn't able to be here. 00:14:13
On last week to talk about that, but I know that that is part perhaps. 00:14:17
Impacted. 00:14:21
Well, what our smaller agencies receive. 00:14:22
Appreciate your questions and your comments in the. 00:14:26
I just wanna put I don't I don't really have any preference. 00:14:30
Between elevator agency funding. 00:14:34
I would say that that skill trades. 00:14:36
That's, that's the place that we all went out to. We're doing great job. My gosh, they are producing. 00:14:39
This can impact everybody. 00:14:45
So, so again, I don't have any. 00:14:49
Presence on where it is but the decision. 00:14:51
To fund it healthily, I think, was a good one. 00:14:54
Uh. 00:14:58
Any other comments or questions on that I I guess? 00:14:58
Ahead of the curve next year, if you want to look at that. Now. I told you that beforehand. If you just remember that. And I 00:15:02
actually agree, we follow it. But I remember, yeah, because I wanted to make sure. 00:15:07
This was known and talked about. 00:15:12
OK. Any other questions or comments? 00:15:17
Is there a motion so moved? 00:15:24
Second all in favor, say aye, aye. 00:15:26
OK. Item number 11, approval of FY24 Elevate. 00:15:29
1st Police fund budget is approved #12. 00:15:34
FY24 General Fund reserves for future improvements. 00:15:38
Sponge budget. 00:15:42
You will recall there are certain items within the general fund that were going to be assigned for capital purchases, namely 00:15:44
equipment for construction facilities and grounds, garbage truck for ESD and some equipment investments for information 00:15:51
technology. Those items are transferred generally out of the general fund and into a capital improvement fund budget mainly for 00:15:58
longevity of. 00:16:05
Of holding the budget there in case some of the equipment takes a little bit longer than a year to to arrive and have to pay for. 00:16:13
So we are proposing to transfer those items out of the general fund into the general fund reserve for future improvement fund and 00:16:18
then apply the equipment lines as denoted in the in the budget book. 00:16:24
OK. Any comments, questions? 00:16:30
Is there a motion? 00:16:34
So moved. 00:16:37
2nd. 00:16:38
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:16:39
OK. 00:16:42
Items or. 00:16:43
Over on the 14. 00:16:47
Approval of FY24 Water and Sewer Reserve for future improvements Fund budget Miss Standard. 00:16:52
So this item specifically goes towards the 10 year plan. If you will recall during the 10 year plan rate increase discussions, 00:16:58
there is a certain amount that is set aside for capital improvements. 6% of every single rate increase that we do for the next 00:17:04
couple of years is going to be set aside for the water and sewer 10 year plan to take out debt for infrastructure improvements of 00:17:10
the system. This item will pull out that 6% of the water and sewer rate increase and set it aside for future debt service 00:17:16
payments. 00:17:22
Of those amounts for infrastructure. 00:17:28
OK, so moved. 00:17:31
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:17:33
Item number 13 is improved Approved. 00:17:36
Authorization of expenditure for general fund facility renewal for FY24. 00:17:39
Within the General fund there is a $300,000 set aside for facility renewal amounts. This is going to be for general repairs for 00:17:45
smaller improvements around City Hall and other general fund city facilities. And this is just allowance of expenditure of that 00:17:53
$300,000 at the purview of the Executive Director of Construction Facilities and grounds for general maintenance and repair items. 00:18:01
Why is that a separate document in? 00:18:09
The budget as opposed to just another line item in. 00:18:13
His. 00:18:17
Because we pulled out the general fund and we set it aside separately and so if it's not, it's in the general fund budget as a 00:18:18
transfer out. 00:18:21
And so in order to be able to say that he can expand out of that set aside, we need another document and that you're allowing him 00:18:25
to expand. 00:18:28
Up to 300,000 and not exclude. 00:18:32
Any questions, comments? 00:18:37
Your motion. 00:18:39
Some move second. 00:18:41
All in favor say aye item number. 00:18:42
14 is approved item number 15 Authorization of expenditure. 00:18:46
Water and sewer facility renewal. 00:18:50
For FY24. 00:18:53
The same situation is here, but for the water and sewer fund and their facilities. We pull out $300,000 from the water and sewer 00:18:54
fund and we set it aside. 00:18:59
And this will be for repairs, maintenance and general improvements for water and sewer facilities. This will also be at the 00:19:04
purview of the Executive Director of Construction Facilities and Grounds in conjunction with the Water and Sewer Director also. 00:19:10
OK. 00:19:16
Any questions or comments? 00:19:17
Is there a motion? 00:19:21
So I moved second all in favor, say aye. 00:19:23
Aye. 00:19:26
Item number 15 is approved Item number 16. 00:19:28
Authorization of agency funding contracts for calendar year. 00:19:31
24. 00:19:35
This will approve agency contracts and the amounts that is required. 00:19:37
Through the mayor's budget recommendation, all of the agencies will be included for General Fund and then also elevate. 00:19:41
Agency. 00:19:48
Mr. Chair, before we vote on this. 00:19:50
I have a. 00:19:54
Question last year we made. 00:19:55
Special appropriations. 00:19:57
For CSP and TS. 00:19:59
Although they're not in and TS, all of they're not, although they're not in this particular budget we have already awarded them 00:20:02
something based on. 00:20:06
The community development. 00:20:11
Is there, is there? 00:20:12
Correct. 00:20:14
I think that's right, right? 00:20:15
I believe within. 00:20:18
The Council's budget last year, right? 00:20:19
With TS. 00:20:22
Yes, Sir. They they both have this special preparation after the end. 00:20:24
Right. TS is in here for 25,000. 00:20:28
As written right now. 00:20:32
My CSP was. 00:20:34
CSP was not correct. 00:20:35
But I think there's a contract with them that's coming through. 00:20:38
Community development right now and. 00:20:41
That, yeah, it is one. 00:20:43
I don't know that we did something, I can't remember what. We talked about that then. 00:20:45
That doesn't have anything to do with this. 00:20:51
Right. 00:20:54
It's coming through. 00:20:55
Ohh. 00:20:57
To make sure that they get those special appropriations. Mr. Wilson, Yes, Sir. If you'd like, I will work with you after this 00:21:00
meeting to put together a proposed revision for CSP. Is it OK? 00:21:06
I do have proposed amendments to this item. 00:21:14
That were submitted in accordance with our. 00:21:17
A request last week. 00:21:20
Sister cities will go up. 00:21:22
15,000 T Snip Up by 10,000 Christian Amerson Foundation. 00:21:24
Up to 10,000. 00:21:30
Which I believe is about a. 00:21:32
$8150 increase. 00:21:35
Those items are to come from contingency. 00:21:38
OK. 00:21:42
Got it. 00:21:43
Any questions or comments? Carla, can I ask you a question? I I've gotten some phone calls today about the library and I wanna. I 00:21:44
just want to spend just a second, Mr. Chairman on. 00:21:49
Of funding, just to help my memory come back on a couple of things. We talked about Carly. Yeah, I know that. 00:21:54
That when we started our budget, I believe I'm correct in saying we were. We were. 00:22:02
Almost half of what we ended up. 00:22:06
For the wave of Bolden. 00:22:09
Library because we ended up when that was audited, they brought us that we updated that number to pay 100%. 00:22:10
Of what we needed to to keep that functional and for the community. 00:22:17
We also gave them $1,000,000. 00:22:21
To fix the roof. 00:22:24
On. 00:22:25
One, yeah, we got him over $1,000,000 to do that. One of the things I know we had a discussion we didn't vote on. 00:22:26
But but I know that this 1.419 at this point is level funding from where we were before. 00:22:33
But I know we talked about. 00:22:39
Trying to. 00:22:42
Slowly raise that that money a little bit overtime, so. 00:22:43
What I would like to ask my colleagues to consider is once we get into this budget process, we kind of see where everything is 00:22:48
that. 00:22:53
Maybe we we will look at adding something, I think some type of appropriation later to come. 00:22:57
With administration and talk through that issue, Mr. Chairman, because I think what what the concern from? 00:23:02
Some board members and constituents. 00:23:09
Is basically that level funding is really a cut for them right now and they're really kind of wanting. 00:23:11
Us to kind of step up and give more money. I did text. 00:23:17
Commissioner Acker to ask him what the county was going to do, and it sounds like right now, the county's level. 00:23:20
Funding also, but he and I've been going back and forth in text. I'm hoping maybe that. 00:23:26
Between the city and the county, there'll be a way to maybe give them a little bit more money. 00:23:30
As soon as we can, but I mean today that's, I'm not gonna hold that up, Mr. Chairman, but I would be open to working with you on 00:23:35
that. 00:23:39
After we get through. 00:23:43
One October, I think we did it last year. Yeah, we did and we showed a responsiveness. 00:23:45
To the community and that is there a second, second. 00:23:51
Didn't kill last, activating last. 00:23:56
And. 00:24:00
Mr. Crowe, that together about that 85,000. 00:24:01
For tourism. 00:24:06
And then we talked about it again this morning. It said not. 00:24:09
Included in this. 00:24:12
Yeah, it is currently not. I don't. 00:24:14
No weather from. 00:24:18
Not from. 00:24:20
Conscious omission. 00:24:22
There was a piece that we had talked about that had to fall in place for that to happen and it did not. 00:24:24
But there's another. 00:24:31
Peace. 00:24:33
That's out there that. 00:24:34
If you do the same. 00:24:36
So we got. 00:24:38
CSP. 00:24:40
Library. 00:24:41
And visit Tuscaloosa. With that visit, Tuscaloosa would be glad to. 00:24:43
Work, in fact, maybe even before next week's vote. 00:24:48
A little background on our. 00:24:56
The reasons behind the recommendations? 00:24:58
With CSP. 00:25:00
We were convinced of what would go away or what would not be done. 00:25:02
If the 25,000 was not authorized. 00:25:07
Again, the and I'm not saying good or bad, it's just. 00:25:11
You know, they're they're. 00:25:15
Basically federally funded. 00:25:16
And through their own funds they generate organization. 00:25:18
With the library and with para and with the school system. 00:25:21
Although our hearts certainly were to do more, we were challenging our non public safety departments. 00:25:26
As best as possible to be with last year's budget so we could get the pay raise. 00:25:32
We also know that you will have another month and a half of revenues we don't have. 00:25:37
So my approach has been breaking years. We we look at internally first. 00:25:42
And if there are, then that gives you an opportunity as a council if there's. 00:25:48
Additional revenues to make the type of appropriations you're asking for. 00:25:53
With the visit Tuscaloosa. 00:25:57
$85,000 was for a software program I believe, if I'm not mistaken. 00:26:00
It was a one time. 00:26:05
Expenditure wasn't an ongoing operating cost. 00:26:07
I mean, I'm not good or bad, I'm sure whether it's busy Tuscaloosa Library, City Schools, para probably could all use more 00:26:12
resources. 00:26:15
I mean we we wouldn't dare try to argue against that if it's but that's sort of our recommendation was hold as much as we can to 00:26:20
the wine so we could get the pay increase knowing you would have probably another month and a half of good revenue numbers which 00:26:25
ultimately played out. 00:26:30
So, so I'm open for that discussion. Yeah. Yeah. I don't think, I don't think today is the time. 00:26:37
Continue. 00:26:45
We saw that. 00:26:47
Chair, I would just like to say thank you for the surprisingly easy discussion for the Christian Amerson Foundation we realized 00:26:51
last week. 00:26:55
In the documentation or whatever, not on their part, but I have been talking to the agency a few weeks prior to this and so I 00:27:01
appreciate that consideration. And so is that approved for the $10,000 it will be if I can call for all in favor? 00:27:08
We have a motion and a second. 00:27:18
Aye, aye, aye. 00:27:19
OK. 00:27:22
Agency funding is approved. That completes. 00:27:23
The items on the agenda for today or any other business to be brought before the Finance Committee. 00:27:26
Is there a motion to adjourn? 00:27:33
Say aye. 00:27:36
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