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Sparks City Council Meeting 8/14/2017

General Business: 9.7

Title: FIRST READING, Bill No. 2721, an ordinance amending Chapter 12.48 of the Sparks Municipal Code, “Electrical System Franchise Agreement,” to allow the City Council to distribute a portion of natural gas franchise fees between a fund for street maintenance and a fund for park maintenance in such proportions as the City Council directs from time to time; and providing other matters properly related thereto.
Petitioner/Presenter: Stephen W. Driscoll, ICMA-CM/Brian D. Cason, S.E., P.E., Capital Projects Manager
Recommendation: Staff recommends Council approve the amendment to Chapter 12.48 of the Sparks Municipal Code for the distribution of electrical system franchise fee revenue.
Financial Impact: Amend Chapter 12.48 of the Sparks Municipal Code for the electrical system franchise fee revenue to allow council to determine the distribution between fund 1401 and fund 1402.
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
    
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

This amendment to Chapter 12.48 of the Sparks Municipal Code, will provide flexibility in dedicating revenue generated by the electrical system franchise fees.  This will assist the City of Sparks in maintaining both the City’s parks and its roads.  Staff recommends approval.



Background:

The Electrical System Franchise Agreement was approved by City Council on April 24, 2006.  The original agreement was for a ten (10) year term. The agreement allows for two (2) five (5) year extensions exercised at the discretion of the Franchisee (The City of Sparks). The first five (5) year renewal was approved by Council on April 11, 2016.  The City collects a five percent (5%) franchise fee from the Electrical System Franchise Agreement of which fees in excess of two percent (2%) up to the five percent (5%) maximum allowed by state law are allocated to fund 1401 (Road Fund) and 1402 (Parks and Recreation Fund).

 

On May 22, 2017 Council approved the FY 18 budget with direction to reallocate the franchise fees to provide one third of the fees to fund 1401 (Road Fund) and two thirds of the fees to fund 1402 (Parks and Recreation Fund) for one year.  Currently two thirds of the franchise fees received from the electrical system franchise agreement are allocated to fund 1401 and one third of the fees go to fund 1402.

Two of the artificial turf fields at Golden Eagle Regional Park are deteriorating and in need of replacement during FY 18.  Financial resources within fund 1402 are insufficient and additional funding is needed to replace the turf.  This amendment will allow the City to replace the two deteriorating turf fields within FY 18



Analysis:

This amendment to Chapter 12.48 of the Sparks Municipal Code, will provide flexibility in dedicating revenue generated by the electrical system franchise fees.  This will assist the City of Sparks in maintaining both the City’s parks and its roads.



Alternatives:

This is a first reading only.



Recommended Motion:

This is a first reading only; no motion required.



Attached Files:
     Bill 2721_Amendment to Chapter 12.48 Final.pdf

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