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 February 2017 Newsletter

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AMAZON TO BEGIN COLLECTING MISSOURI USE TAX ... 
Amazon has announced that starting Feb. 1, 2017, it will be begin reporting and remitting to the Missouri Department of Revenue on sales delivered to Missouri.  At the present time, it appears that Amazon is making and fulfilling Missouri sales from locations outside Missouri.  Therefore, any tax they collect will be use tax, which is taxable based on the location of the delivery within Missouri.  It is expected that such sales will be subject to local use tax if the local jurisdiction has adopted a use tax.  Given the volume of sales through Amazon this will likely represent a significant revenue increase for the more than 120 Missouri municipalities that have already imposed a use tax.  This development further illustrates the importance of the use tax in leveling the playing field for traditional brick and mortar stores as they compete against out-of-state sales made through the Internet.  Missouri municipal leaders are encouraged to research and consider the imposition of a use tax in their community.  Please contact League staff with questions about the use tax at info@mocities.com or 573-635-9134.

NEW! MML MOBILE APP … The Missouri Municipal League is excited to offer a mobile app for MML events, news and information for Missouri's local government officials. Sponsored by Hamilton and Weber, LLC, users may check schedules, speaker information, attendee messages and more for each MML Conference. In addition, find information on new MML Webinars, the Municipal Governance Institute, social media and more! Download the app today by searching “Missouri Municipal League” in your app store or scan the QR code!

MML WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER … The Missouri Municipal League welcomes Mayor Barry Glantz, city of Creve Couer, as a member of the MML Board of Directors. Mayor Glantz was appointed at the November 2016 MML Board meeting. He fills the unexpired term of Mayor Matt Robinson, city of Hazelwood, who was elected MML Board Vice President in September 2016.

MML WEBINARS, NEW IN 2017! Register today for the Missouri Municipal League’s live webinar March 15 titled "Into The Weeds" - The Little Things That Can Make Or Break Your Construction Project, presented by Susan McGreevy, Stinson Leonard Street LLP. This webinar will talk about items beyond price, scope and schedule that can trip up a public construction project. It qualifies for one hour of Public Works Contracting credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

Upcoming MML Webinars:
April 5, 2017: Personnel Law, presented by David Davis, Davis Law, LLC

April 19, 2017: Use Tax Explained, presented by Stuart Haynes, MML Policy and Membership Associate. The webinar will review the basics of the use tax, how Amazon’s recent announcement that it will begin collecting Missouri taxes applies, and sources for estimating revenue from the use tax.

The April 5 webinar will satisfy and provide credit needed for the Municipal Governance Institute (MGI) certification. Registration cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more at www.mocities.com/webinars.

Can’t Attend? Missed A Webinar? Find recorded webinars at www.mocities.com/webinars. Cost is $10 per webinar.

CALENDAR OF PROCEDURAL DEADLINES FOR MISSOURI MUNICIPALITIES … MML has added two calendars to the One-Stop Shop regarding procedural deadlines for Missouri municipalities. Provided by Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C., one document follows the calendar year and one follows the July 1 – June 30 fiscal year. The calendars are not exhaustive but are designed as a general guide to common, recurring events and deadlines as an educational tool. Find the documents in MML’s One-Stop Shop under City Clerks and Finance.

PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE … If your name was submitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission by a political subdivision (county, city, school district, fire district, etc.) as a person required to file a Personal Financial Disclosure (PFD) due to a position held in 2016, then you must file your PFD by 5 p.m. on May 1, 2017. Annual filers must file for each year (or portion of a year) for which they hold a position that requires the filing of a PFD. Letters with instructions for e-filing along with your MEC Online ID and Password to e-file will be sent this month. If you fail to file by May 1, 2017, you will be assessed a late filing fee of $10 per day. After 30 days the fee increases to $100 per day, not to exceed $6,000. Additional penalties may also apply. The time period covered on the PFD for an annual filer is Jan. 1, 2016 - Dec 31., 2016. For more information visit the Missouri Ethics Commission.

CALL FOR PUBLIC WORKS ARTICLES … MML’s Review Magazine, Public Works Issue, publishes in May. Do you have a public works project or innovation to share? Contact MML Communications Specialist Laura Holloway at Lholloway@mocities.com or call 573-635-9134.

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS … The Missouri Municipal League is beginning preparations for the 2017 Annual Conference. The Conference will take place at Tan-Tar-A, Sept. 10-13, 2017. The League is accepting proposals for session topics. It is preferred that the conference proposal include a speaker (not just a topic) and provide as much information about the topic as possible. This will help in the selection process so that the League can provide the best sessions to participants. Municipalities are encouraged to submit a proposal on topics where they have an experience to share.

Submit your proposal by completing the Annual Conference Presentation Form on the League’s website by Feb. 28, 2017. Emily Koenigsfeld, event and training specialist, will make contacts in March and a preliminary agenda will be available in April. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Emily at emilyk@mocities.com or 573-635-9134.

MISSOURI GFOA EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT AWARD… The Missouri GFOA will receive written nominations for the Missouri GFOA Excellence in Government Award until April 1, 2017. A committee will use the criteria on the application in making the selection of the recipient. The award will be presented during an awards luncheon at the GFOA Spring Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camden on the Lake, May 10-12, 2017.  In 2012, Missouri GFOA created the Excellence in Government Award. This award is presented to the government finance professional in the state of Missouri, who displays the high standard of leadership, professionalism, ethics and integrity promoted by the Missouri Government Finance Officers Association.  Visit http://gfoa-mo.org for a nomination form.

2017 "FEELS LIKE HOME TOUR" APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE … Missouri Community Betterment participating communities that would like to be considered for a Missouri Department of Economic Development/Missouri Community Betterment "Feels Like Home Tour" should complete and submit the application by Feb. 17, 2017. The form is available at www.MOCommunityBetterment.com. A tentative list of MCB Participating Communities selected to participate in the 2017 "Feels Like Home Tours" will be announced in early March 2017.

MML DIRECTORY CHANGESTo keep MML records current,  please send any elected/appointed official changes to Jackie Hagenhoff at Jhagenhoff@mocities.com or call (573) 635-9134 as they occur. Changes should include the name of the outgoing official and the name of the new official with their title, preferred mailing address and personal email address. Please note: Personal information is considered confidential and never shared.

MEMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND MILESTONES … MML would like to share your accomplishments and milestones with members! Send your award recognitions, city anniversaries, long-time employee retirements and other items you want to share to Lori Noe at Lnoe@mocities.com. Your announcement may appear in the MML newsletter, Review magazine or website.

NEW MEMBERS … MML Welcomes new participating affiliate JML Management Consulting, LLC



Grants and Funding Opportunities

LAND AND WATER … Grant applications for the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are due Feb. 17, 2017. LWCF grants are available to cities, counties and school districts to be used for outdoor recreational projects. RTP grants fund trail-related projects and are available to local and state governments, school districts, for-profit and non-profit organizations, and businesses. For more information about either of these programs, please visit http://ow.ly/q8qQ307o5WF.

MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION GRANTS … Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of costs:  Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places (PEP), and Strategic Teams Engaging Places (STEP).  These grant programs continue the mission of MMSC to provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities.  MMSC is a 501(c)3 and financially supported by funding from the state of Missouri, Missouri Department of Economic Development, grants, sponsors, members, and other donations. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge at kwinge@momainstreet.org for more information.

LOCAL RECORDS PROGRAM FY18 … The Missouri Secretary of State’s Local Records Program FY18 grant meetings have been announced.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017, with grants in effect no sooner than July 1, 2017.  The list of grant meetings, along with the grant guidebook and application are all available on the local records grant website.  Local records archivists can schedule onsite consultations to review possible grant projects.  If you have questions, contact the Local Records Program office by phone at 573-751-9047 or by email at local.records@sos.mo.govVisit the grants website.

USDA RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE GRANTS … The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service is accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband service for rural areas. There will be two application windows for FY 2017: March 1-31, 2017 and Sept. 1-30, 2017. Click here for application guidelines, related webinar presentations, and more information.

USDA Rural Utilities Service is also accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Community Connect grant to provide broadband service to all premises in currently unserved, lower-income, and extremely rural areas, with priority for places that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband. The deadline is March 13, 2017. Click here to review application guidelines, related webinar presentations, and more information about Community Connect grants.  

ENGINEERING REPORT SERVICES GRANTS … The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for Drinking Water Engineering Report Services Grants. Applications can be submitted anytime to the Department.  Applications postmarked by April 1 each year will be evaluated and ranked for that calendar year. If you have any questions or need assistance filling out the application, please call the Department’s Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-522-1801. Learn more.

HEALTH GRANTS IN FOOD DESERTS … The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services is offering grant funds for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts or where applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of individuals with low-incomes, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the Community Economic Development (CED) program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), the Department seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for individuals and families with a low income, and create sustained employment opportunities in communities with low incomes. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017. Learn more.

Events 


MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE …
The 2017 Missouri Transportation Conference, “Connecting Through Infrastructure,” takes place Feb. 16, 2017, at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Conference is sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Learn more and register at www.mochamber.com.

ETHICS, MONEY AND POLITICS …  Join the Center for Ethics in Public Life for a day of debate on money in politics by politicians, political operatives, funders, lobbyists, and political scientists on March 24, 2017, at the University of Missouri St. Louis, Millennium Student Center. Presenters from both sides of the aisle and the issue will share their insight. Learn more and register.

MoGFOA EVENTS ... The Government Finance Officers of Missouri will host a one-day winter seminar at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, Missouri Feb. 23, 2017. Topics include auditing, budgeting, labor and employment law. The organization’s annual meeting and spring conference will be held May 10-12, 2017, at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camden on the Lake.  A budget boot camp runs concurrent with the spring conference on May 9-12, 2017, at the same location. Learn more.

MPRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Park and Recreation Association hosts their annual conference March 7-9 in Branson, Missouri. The theme is “Hometown Hospitality.” Learn more and register.

MOCCFOA SPRING INSTITUTE … The Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association will hold a Spring Institute March 12-16, 2017, in Columbia at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Learn more and register.

2017 ACADEMY FOR GOVERNMENT PROFESSIONALS … The 2017 Academy for Government Professionals training will be hosted March 30, 2017, in Mission, Kansas, by Springsted for local government officials in the areas of city management, finance and human resources. Learn more.

PARTNERS IN GOVERNANCE … The Third Annual Partners In Governance Conference will be held April 12, 2017, at the Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia, Missouri. Sponsored by the Missouri Municipal League, the Center for Ethics and Public Life and the Institute for Public Policy, this one-day conference will focus on the topic of transparency in government. Panel topics include transparent finances, the Sunshine Law, campaign money, a transparent community and more. Watch for registration information coming soon.

HEARTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COURSE … The Heartland Economic Development Course (HEDC) offers intensive training in the basic concepts, information, methods, and strategies of local economic development. It takes place April 23-27 in Blue Springs, Missouri. Course content is oriented toward practical applications. Graduation from HEDC fulfills one of the education prerequisites for those who wish to take examinations for Certified Economic Development (CEcD) designation. Scholarships are available. Learn more.

MAIN STREET NOW … The Main Street Now conference of the National Main Street Center takes place May 1-3, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI EMPLOYMENT CONFERENCE … May 16, 2017, is the Missouri Employment Conference in Columbia, Missouri, at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center. Topics include labor law updates, worker’s compensation, employee communication, problem solving and more. Learn more and register at www.MissouriEmploymentConference.com.

NAGC 2017 COMMUNICATIONS SCHOOL … The National Association of Government Communicators will hold its annual Communications School June 13-15, 2017, in St. Louis, hosting more than 200 government communicators from all over the country.  Learn more at www.nagc.com.


Member News 


FOUR MISSOURI CITIES RECOGNIZED AS COMMUNITIES FOR ALL AGES …
On Jan. 27, 2017, the Mid-America Regional Council recognized the cities of Excelsior Springs, Independence, Liberty, and Raymore as “Communities for All Ages.” Liberty and Raymore earned the KC Communities for All Ages Silver level award, and Excelsior Springs and Independence will each receive the Bronze level award. The Communities for All Ages recognition program was developed by the First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages — two groups convened by MARC to develop programs and tools to support older, first-tier suburbs; help communities respond to the rapid increase in the older adult population; and make communities more welcoming for all age groups. Learn more.

GREAT PLACES IN MISSOURI … Downtown Kirkwood, Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, and the 4th Street Corridor in Maryville have been chosen as “Great Places in Missouri” by the American Planning Association (APA) for 2017. The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality, and planning, attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike. The Great Places in Missouri program was modeled after APA’s Great Places in America Program that has recognized 260 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country since 2007.


Have You Seen This? 

KANSAS CITY FEATURES NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL The city of Kansas City, Missouri, has a new tool to provide residents with the latest news and videos produced by its communications office. KCMOre Snapshots is a digital newsletter that provides links to the newest videos, city news and announcements.

NEW I-9 FORM … As of Jan. 22, 2017, all employers must use a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form, for all new hires and Section 3 reverifications. The new version was published on Nov. 14, 2016. Failure to use the new version of the Form I-9 carries stiff monetary penalties, starting at $216 per I-9 violation.

If you have any questions regarding the new Form I-9 or any other immigration matter, please do not hesitate to contact Diane E. Metzger with Lowenbaum Law at DMetzger@lowenbaumlaw.com. View the form or learn more


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