The Hearing on this Board Bill was cancelled. Perhaps someone finally told the sponsor that all appropriations bills have to be recommended to Board of Aldermen by Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
Make your voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Info at end of post.
10 am Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room (#208)
City Hall, 1200 Market City
Agenda Includes Board Bill 119 by 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad to defund the City Emergency Management Fund (sic) Agency and re-appropriate the funds to a workforce development and employment to out-of-work residents program to be named “City Works Now.”
Presently, the City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has four employees, two funded by City General Revenue and two funded by grants and other funds. See Budget summary for CEMA below.
The General Revenue side of CEMA’s funding is $206,985. Board Bill 21, however, seeks $215,000 for the new jobs program, which is more than the General Revenue funding.
Grant funding not used for the grant application’s purpose(s) could be returned to the funding source but cannot be diverted to another program.
Perhaps the alderman believes by charging the Mayor to declare the City in an unemployment emergency that emergency management funds can be spent on an employment program.
Either way, this legislation seeks to defund CEMA.
However, the City Charter has something to say about all this. It says that the alderman cannot reappropriate funds.
“Article IV. Board of Aldermen. Section 25 – Expenditures to be pursuant to ordinance; recommendations required.Except as otherwise expressly provided in this charter, no money shall be expended except in consequence of appropriations made by ordinance, and no improvement involving any expenditure of money shall be ordered except by ordinance. No ordinance making, changing or transferring an appropriation or contemplating or involving the payment of any money shall be adopted unless the board of estimate and apportionment shall have recommended or joined in recommending the same.”
The Board of Estimate and Apportionment did not send the Board of Aldermen this legislation, meaning it violates City Charter, making it a wet hot mess.
Addressing our City’s unemployment rate among Black youth is laudable. Gutting the agency charged to “reduce the loss of life and property” with “a comprehensive, risk-based emergency management program of prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation” is, however, an inappropriate response.
Members of BOA Public Safety Committee: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar;12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman