Adjust council pay from per-meeting to a set period (monthly)
Allow 6 members of council to amend city charter during emergencies
Instead of being paid for each meeting, would shift to two-weeks or monthly pay period. The per-meeting thing results in some weird overlap with city payroll schedule.
So this would create payment based on 52 meeting schedule
I'll need to see more info, but first thought is: there aren’t 52 meetings… two weeks off for Holidays; three for summer + no fifth Tuesdays
Carr: Charter prohibits getting free water, and that's been something of a challenge for us .... ?
I have no idea what he's talking about.
I still don't entirely remember, but I'll follow up.
That must mean not charging for city water utility...
Now, with the wonky schedules, city has to dip into your bank account or tap your credit card. If you have enough $$ that's not a big deal. But if not, it is, she says.
He also said earlier it mostly helps council members and he's loath to do something that only helps council members.
It would "send a message" that we want ppl of all incomes to run.
Council pay will not (only Friend and Nagle vote for that)
Carr: "It's an issue we're avoiding right now. We have not done any water cutoffs and there are ppl not paying their bills."
And we should limit it to national emergencies.
Brautigam: The financial committee discussed it. "There's further thinking behind the scenes about whether it's appropriate or not to do that."
Brockett: "It would be useful to know" if staff felt "we were falling in a crater and that would be a rope to get us out."
"If you're going to go down this list, you're going to have dozens and dozens of exceptions."
"I continue to be opposed."
We should have a list of things we could adjust, how long we could exercise that power and under what conditions we could exercise them.
I don't think we heard from Nagle, but that might be when I got kicked out of Zoom.
1/10 of cent sales/use tax = $3.5M (prior to COVID)
Mill levy = 11.981 (Longmont, Lafayette higher)
Max mill levy = 13.000
1 mill property tax = $3.9M/year
.3% for Culture, Community Safety = $10.5M (or $8.7M under W recovery) Dec. 31, 2021
UOT- Energy Strategy = $2.08M; Dec. 31, 2022
UOT - General fund = $4.75M; Dec. 31, 2022
The order just announced the intention.
"The same person who is raising questions now advocated for council to undo the changes made by voters in 2017," Carr says.
Weaver: Were they picking and choosing between charter and state?
Carr: I think there would be more risk if we change advice after we gave it and ppl relied on it.
I'm not suggesting we rely on state law; I don't think that's a good idea.
Man, how does one resident amass enough power to trigger an entire conversation of council debating changing the city's charter?
"It's a lot to deal with."
I would lean toward an ordinance instead of codifying it in the charter.
No one is.
Weaver: Yes. We don't want to figure this out the first year we have online petitioning.
Suggests they try to get signatures in early.
To recap: moving to the ballot is a measure to add 2 members to arts commission and (maybe) one to give council emergency powers to amend the charter during times of crisis/emergency.
So if any of the petitions make it, council can put an opposing measure on, apparently...?
Almost like it was a fake argument....