Newsletter Issue: April 2015

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Upcoming Meetings

Membership Meeting
04/23/2015 - 7:30 p.m.
Clarkson Valley
Newly Elected Officials Seminar
04/29/2015 - 4:30 p.m.
Maryland Heights

April 23 Meeting in Clarkson Valley

The next membership meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, .April 23 at the Forest Hills Country Club, 36 Forest Club Dr. in Clarkson Valley (Map). From I-270, go west on I-64, Hwy 40 about 6 m i l e s t o t h e Olive/Clarkson exit. Turn left (south) and go 2.8 miles to Forest Club Dr. This is the 2nd street after Kehrs Mill Rd. Turn right on Forest Club and follow it to the country club.)

Program: Having been in office for a little over three months, County Executive Steve Stenger has implemented a number of changes in the office and brought in new staff members. He has accepted our invitation to address the membership at the April 23 meeting. April 23 Meeting in Clarkson Valley The main item of business will be the election of officers and board members for the 2015-16 year. The report of the Nominating Committee will be sent along with the regular meeting notice.

Nominations may also be made from the floor for board or officer positions.

Training Academy Program on Grants - April 23

The next Municipal Officials Training Academy program will cover grant programs for cities. It is set for Thursday, April 23 from noon to 1:15 p.m. Officials are invited to attend via Webinar or in person at Frontenac City Hall, 2nd floor training room.

The speakers will be:

  • Murray Pounds, Parks Director, Kirkwood
  • Jason Lange, EastWest Gateway Council of Governments
  • David Berger, St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste District

The topics to be covered include:

  • General grant writing elements
  • Transportation project funding grants
  • Recycling grants
  • Parks & recreation grants
  • Potential grant uses
  • Grant application process and tips for applying.

The cost is $10 per person unless the city has an annual subscription. Please make checks payable to the St. Louis County Municipal League. Register by Tuesday, April 21 to ensure that all materials can be emailed prior to the session.
Click here to register for the webinar. For in person attendance, contact the League office at 314-726-4747 or by email at staff@stlmuni.org as space is limited.

Legislative Updates

Taxes

HB 590 -

Eliminates income taxes and replaces them with a state sales tax on most goods AND services. Cumulative state and local taxes could not exceed 10%. Ways & Means Committee

HB789 -

Would ensure that pool cities in St. Louis County would receive at least half of the sales tax generated within their borders, along with pool areas of point-of-sale cities. House Bills are in Local Government Committee.

Police

HB 63 -

Reinstates provision to allow primary elections in 4th class cities except in St. Louis County. Elections Committee. Returned to Committee 2/5

HB396 -

Changes municipal election day in St. Louis County to November in even numbered year but apparently does not allow for elections in odd numbered years.