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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUCIL
FROM: DENNIS McLEAN, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DATE: MAY 6, 2003
SUBJECT: LETTER TO KEY STATE LEGISLATORS OPPOSING THE ELIMINATION OF THE VEHICLE LICENSE FEE BACKFILL
Staff Coordinator: Gary Gyves, Senior Administrative Analyst
Approve the attached letter opposing the elimination of the Vehicle License Fee (VLF) backfill, or any other legislative action that may reduce VLF revenue to the City, and authorize the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) to send the letter to the appropriate state legislative representatives.
During a regular meeting of the FAC on March 26, 2003, Stefan Wolowicz, its Chair, suggested that the FAC send a letter to appropriate state legislators opposing the elimination of the VLF backfill, or any other legislative action that may reduce VLF revenue to the City. The City Council voted to oppose any legislative action that would result in a loss of VLF revenue to the City in early 2003.
Finance staff presented a draft letter during the April 23, 2003 meeting of the FAC. The League of California Cities provided the letter template. The FAC approved the draft letter with minor revisions, which have been incorporated in the draft attached to this staff report. Finance staff also provided the FAC with an overview of City Council Policy 29, especially the fact that the City Council, not its Committees and Commissions, or City Staff, sets the policy for directing correspondence to the appropriate federal and/or state legislative representatives expressing the position of the City. The relevant portion of City Council Policy 29, dated August 1, 1995, follows:
It shall be the policy of the City Council that federal and state legislative items shall only be placed on a City Council agenda for Council consideration at the request of a Council member.
If a legislative matter is placed on the agenda at a Council memberís request and the majority of the Council vote to support or oppose such legislation, staff shall prepare the appropriate correspondence to the appropriate federal and/or state legislative representatives expressing the position of the City.
In light of City Council Policy 29 and the City Councilís previous action to oppose the elimination of the VLF backfill, or any other legislative action that may reduce VLF revenue to the City, Finance staff seeks: (1) the approval of the attached letter, with any revisions the City Council chooses; and (2) the City Councilís authorization to permit the FAC to send the letter to the appropriate state legislative representatives.
Based upon a discussion with the Cityís League of California Cities representative, Ann Marie Wallace, Finance staff will coordinate sending the letter to the following legislators (if approved by the City Council):
Insignificant costs will be incurred for printing and postage.