Feb 13 2016

Increased Appropriations, 2015 Crime Report, Settlement with Engineers Harris and Associates: Council Tuesday, Feb. 16

Honoring President’s Day and delaying their meeting one day, the City Council will convene on Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in a Closed Session with legal counsel in the City Hall Conference Room to discuss litigation concerning Harris & Associates, the engineering firm instrumental in the failed and costly private underground utility district.

At 7:30 p.m. the City Council will begin its Open Session in the Council Chambers, with the Consent Calendar:  approve Council liaison assignments, approve catastrophic leave donations for Firefighter David Abernethy, and authorize a settlement with Harris and Associates in the amount $417,000.

Next the Council will take up its regular agenda, including the 2014-15 Audit Report, 2015 Piedmont Crime Report, Police Computer Upgrade in the amount $426,205, Emergency Operations Plan Update, Midyear Fiscal 2015-16 Report, and Midyear Appropriations increasing budgeted expenditures by $964, 250.

The meeting is open to the public, broadcast live.  A copy of the meeting will be retained in the city’s archives.

Read the agenda.

Staff reports:

Council liaison assignments for 2016

Catastrophic leavdonation

Settlement agreement with engineers Harris & Associates

Audit Report

Year End Crime Report

Dispatch Software Purchase

Emergency Operations Plan

Mid-year Financial Report

Mid-year Additional Appropriations 

One Response to “Increased Appropriations, 2015 Crime Report, Settlement with Engineers Harris and Associates: Council Tuesday, Feb. 16”

  1. The Mid-Year Financial Report notes a reduction in mid-year real property transfer tax receipts of 20% from that of last year which correlates with the reduction in the number of homes sales by mid-year (56 vs. 73). Nonetheless, mid-year receipts ($1.44M) are 95% of the 5-year average ($1.5M) so the outlook for an end of the year transfer tax receipt of $3.3M is promising. And the lowest mid-year sales of the past 5 years (61) was followed by a huge jump in spring home sales and a record transfer tax ($4.0M) so a new record transfer tax revenue may be ahead. Property tax receipts are 3% ahead of projections as well. Unfortunately, as the table of page 5 of the report shows, spikes in worker compensation and retiree medical benefits may use up all of this expected windfall.

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