BY COUNCILORS STEWART AND STAUBER:
The city council makes the following findings:
(a) St. Louis County and the city of Duluth recognize that revenues to support desired programs are becoming more difficult to secure and also recognize that the needs are exceeding the resources;
(b) St. Louis County and the city of Duluth believe that there are core essential services that government should be providing for all citizens;
(c) St. Louis County and the city of Duluth understand that there may be services where both the county and the city provide similar services;
(d) St. Louis County and the city of Duluth acknowledge there may be opportunities within these two governmental bodies where the consolidation of services or facilities would result in less costs to taxpayers.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners and the Duluth City Council do jointly create a task force to review services provided by each entity; to prioritize and to recommend to the county board and city council opportunities to consolidate services or facilities. The task force will be a visionary group, made up of interested citizens of both Duluth and St. Louis County, who do not have special financial or political ties in the governance of either body. The task force will develop recommendations that will have a measurable positive impact on the budget of both governmental bodies.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the task force shall be made up of 15 members; three city councilors, three county board members, three at large representatives appointed by the Duluth City Council and three at large members appointed by the St. Louis County board, one appointed by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, one by the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce; and one by the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. These officials will act in the capacity of information gatherers and providers. The 15 members will select a chair and vice chair.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the task force will report its findings and recommendations to the commissioners and councilors, including its conclusions on the need for the creation of a joint powers board to implement any of its recommendations. The task force will complete its study and report no later than six months after the first meeting occurs.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution will create a joint task force with the county that will review services and facilities provided by both the city and the county and make recommendations where the two could consolidate and do things at less expense to the taxpayer.