Jefferson City, Missouri

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Jefferson City is the capital city in U.S. state of Missouri. It is the county seat of Cole County. Located in Callaway and Cole counties, it is the principal city of the Jefferson City metropolitan area, which encompasses the entirety of both counties. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,079. Jefferson City was named after Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.

Budget

Revenue by Source (in thousands):[1]

Revenue Source 2010 2011 2012 2011-2012
Change
Sales tax 19,957 19,747 18,893 (4.3)%
Fees/Chgs. 12,525 13,668 14,114 3.3%
Utility Business tax 7,250 8,896 9,018 1.4%
Property tax 4,844 5,187 5,186 0.0%
Intergovernmental 16,628 9,036 5,865 (35.1)%
Transfers 1,937 2,063 2,032 (1.5)%
Other 28,913 6,264 6,535 (13.0)%
Total $92,054 $64,861 $61,643 (4.2)%

Expenditures by Type (in thousands):[1]

Expenditure Type 2010 2011 2012 2011-2012
Change
Personnel 29,591 30,164 30,892 2.4%
Capital 40,485 16,171 26,216 62.1%
Services 4,658 4,420 4,607 4.2%
Debt Service 3,604 4,042 4,734 17.1%
Maint/Repair 2,216 2,255 2,460 9.1%
Materials 3,327 2,781 3,513 26.3%
Other 8,173 5,028 4,547 (9.6)%
Total $92,054 $64,861 76,969 18.7%

Expenditures by Function (in thousands):[1]

Expenditure Type 2010 2011 2012 Percent of
Total
Police/Fire 16,600 15,060 16,630 21.6%
Wastewater 21,144 10,289 25,656 33.3%
Capital Projects 15,260 5,672 5,079 6.6%
Public Works 0 0 6,752 8.8%
Plan/Protect Svcs 0 0 8,503 11.0%
Community
Development
11,298 18,695 0 0%
Parks & Rec 8,053 6,238 6,485 8.4%
Other 19,699 8,907 7,863 10.2%
Total $92,054 $64,861 $76,968 $100.0%

Public employees

Elected officials

Each of the City's five wards has two representatives on the City Council, making the composition of the City Council ten members. Elections are held each year to elect one Council member from each of the five wards for a "staggered" two-year term. However, in some instances when a Council member resigns or a seat is left vacant due to the death of a Council member, it is possible to have both seats from a ward up for election on the same ballot. In that case, the person elected by the Council to serve out the remainder of the immediate Council year can then file to run at the next general election to serve the remainder of the successor's two-year term.[2]

In April, 1993, the voters of the City approved an amendment to the City Charter which would limit the time a person is allowed to serve on the City Council to a total of eight years. Those eight years do not have to be consecutive. For instance, if a Council member resigns after serving a portion of the eight years, he or she may at a later date run for election to serve the remaining years of his or her allowable term.[2]

City Council members not only serve on the City Council, but are also appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the Council, to serve on several Council committees as well as liaisons to City boards and commissions.[2]

Ward Name Term Ends
Ward 1 Bob Weber[3] 2013
Ward 1 Mike Harvey[4] 2012
Ward 2 Rich Koon[5] 2012
Ward 2 Shawn Schulte[6] 2013
Ward 3 Bob Scrivner[7] 2012
Ward 3 Bryan Pope[8] 2013
Ward 4 Bill Luebbert[9] 2013
Ward 4 Carrie Carroll[10] 2012
Ward 5 Dave Griffith 2012
Ward 5 Ralph Bray[11] 2013

Administrative officials

A list of city departments can be found online.[12]

Salaries

Personnel costs increased by 2.4% from FY 2011 to FY 2012.[1]

Pensions

After six months of employment, employees that work more than 1,500 hours per year are enrolled in the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System.[13] The city pays the entire cost of employee retirement benefits.[14]

Lobbying

The city does not provide information on membership in any taxpayer funded lobbying associations.

Transparency & public records

The city charges 10 cents per copy for public records as allowed under Missouri's Sunshine Law. Records can be viewed without paying for copies, but fees may still apply for finding and collecting the records. All Sunshine Law requests are forwarded to the City Clerk's office.[15]

Taxes

The City Sales tax rate remains at 2 percent of taxable sales (1% General Fund, .5% Capital Improvement Funds and .5% Parks Fund.)[1]

City Property tax rates are 55.61 cents per $100 assessed value (46 cents General Revenue and 9.61 cents Firemen’s Pension.) The Mayor and Council chose to eliminate last year’s property tax increase of 8 cents. The overall authorized tax ceiling or maximum allowable levy is $.6404. The current tax rates are 8.43 cents below our authorized rate.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Missouri city websites
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget reports are available [1]
  • Agendas [16] and minutes are available for City Council Meetings. [17]
  • The Mayor and city council officials are posted[2], as well as contact information[18].
  • Building permits and zoning details are provided.[19]
  • Jefferson City details the information on how citizens can access public records[15]
  • Tax information is available in the budget.[1]

The bad

  • Some administrative contact details are available on individual department webpages, but not all.
  • Audit reports are available, but not up to date.[20]
  • Information on bids and proposals are available[21], but there is no information on awarded contracts.
  • Lobbying information is not noted.

External links

Portions of this article were taken from Wikipedia.


References