COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
The city council finds as follows:
(a) The city administration and council wish to establish a clear set of priorities and policies with respect to budget initiatives which will repair the city’s 2008 general fund budget, and frame the guiding principles and strategies for the development of the 2009 and 2010 budgets; and
(b) The city administration has reviewed over 150 budget revenue enhancements and cost reduction strategies; and
(c) The city administration and council have devoted meeting time and discussion to the city budget priorities; and
(d) The city administration and council choose to implement budget initiatives which protect the vital interests of the community by maintaining the city’s core services to our citizens.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the council supports the development of the following budget strategies which will require further council action over the course of time:
(a) Contract with the zoological society to operate the Lake Superior Zoo;
(c) Combine the departments of library and parks and recreation;
(d) Reform civil service;
(e) Recover all general fund costs related to support of the Duluth economic development authority;
(f) Recover full cost of providing support, services and/or space to PACT, sister cities, public arts, community development and workforce development;
(g) Eliminate or reduce tourism tax subsidies to the Great Lakes Aquarium, public arts, sister cities, Grandma’s Marathon, Inline Marathon and the Beargrease;
(h) Implement city administered parking ticket processing program;
(i) Implement city administrative citation system;
(j) Establish special events fees;
(k) Increase parking meter rates and locations;
(l) Establish fire alarm permit, plan review and inspection fee;
(m) Establish a false alarm fee to business for both police and fire response;
(n) Establish a nonresident fee charged for police and fire response to motor vehicle accidents;
(o) Establish a fee charged to homeowner’s insurance for fire response;
(p) Add group homes to operational permits;
(q) Add educational, institutions, business/mercantile to operational permit program;
(r) Transfer inspections of 4+ rental units to fire prevention;
(s) Increase library fines to patrons.
FURTHER RESOLVED, the city administration will prepare and present for council consideration separate resolutions and ordinances as required to implement these budget repair strategies.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution establishes council support for the budget repair strategies as proposed by the administration that will require further council action. Separate resolutions and ordinances will be presented for consideration. Each of the listed strategies are explained in the addendum.