BY PRESIDENT NESS AND COUNCILOR ATKINS:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council shall establish a retiree health care task force. The purpose of the task force shall be to identify and define the most significant financial issues related to the city’s current retiree health care program, their causes, possible cost efficiencies, and potential solutions. The task force shall consist of five members. All five members shall be appointed by committee two of the Duluth City Council. The slate of five members must be approved by a vote of the council. The task force shall study significant factors, applicable laws, trends, and the city’s history with this issue; and provide the city council with an unbiased account and summary of this study; and to provide the city with options as to how this issue might be addressed within the confines of federal and state law and current contract agreements. The task force shall produce a report containing its findings and recommendations. The report shall be delivered to the council by way of the clerk, on or before December 1, 2005. The members shall serve without compensation. Reasonable expenses, approved by the finance director, within the existing budget, shall be paid.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution creates an independent council task force to investigate a matter of city operations and finance of interest to the community.