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 March 2017 Newsletter

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 “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” ~ Bill Gates

REGISTER NOW! 2017 ELECTED OFFICIALS TRAINING CONFERENCE … The Missouri Municipal League will be conducting the Elected Officials Training Conference June 8-9, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. Conference sessions will emphasize the knowledge base all elected officials need to govern effectively, such as budgeting, ethics, economic development, planning and zoning, and more.  The changes that continually occur in the municipal arena make this a Conference that all officials (not just newly elected!) should attend! The hotel block deadline is May 22. Learn more and register.

USE TAX AND SALES TAX ON VEHICLE TITLING WEB PAGE … Amazon’s recent announcement that it will begin collecting Missouri taxes on purchases shipped to Missouri brought a deluge of inquiries to League staff about what it takes to pass a local use tax.   In response, League staff has revamped the existing web page devoted to the tax on the titling of vehicles purchased from out-of-state to include resources related to the use tax.   The web page includes estimates of potential revenue from a use tax, FAQ’s, sample ordinances and other resources.  Municipal officials are reminded that HB 2140 passed last year extends the deadline for the collection of local sales tax on vehicle purchased out-of-state until November of 2018.  It appears that HB 2140 also clarifies that a new local use tax will capture the revenue stream from out-of-state vehicle sales.  Therefore, cities without a use tax now have two options to prevent the loss of revenue November 2018 will bring: pass a local use tax or pass the continuation of the tax on the titling of vehicles purchased from out-of-state. Learn more.

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT RULES ST. LOUIS CAN SET MINIMUM WAGE … St. Louis will be able to raise its minimum wage to $11 by 2018, after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Feb. 28, 2017, that the City acted within its charter authority when it approved the raise. The decision reverses a circuit court judge who struck down the increase in 2015, hours before it was set to take effect. The City was sued by business groups who said the ordinance conflicted with state law that caps the minimum wage at $7.65. Read article.

MML 2017 INNOVATION AWARDS … Has your municipality completed any innovative projects or programs recently? We know you have great projects or programs related to policing, computing, parks, the arts, youth, environmental technology, fitness, veterans, infrastructure and more. We want to learn what has been successful in your community! Submit your project for an MML Innovation Award by July 10, 2017. Awards will be given at the MML Annual Conference in September. 
We know you have great projects that have benefited your community and can benefit others. Submit your application today!

MISSOURI MUNICIPAL LEAGUE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP … The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors has established a scholarship program to assist those employed in municipal government with furthering their education. The program provides five, $500 college scholarships to be issued on a statewide basis. Graduate or undergraduate students may apply as long as the institution is accredited. The applicant must be a fulltime employee of an MML member municipality, and must be endorsed in writing by either the city manager/administrator or mayor. Only one applicant will be considered per city. The application deadline is May 19. The MML Scholarship Committee will select scholarship winners in early June. Email for more information and an application.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK … Missouri’s Local Government Week is April 30-May 6, 2017. MML has a toolkit and a list of ideas for how you can celebrate in your community and share the good work you do each day for your citizens. Learn more at

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. Users may check schedules, speaker information, attendee messages and more for all MML Conferences. 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!  

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.

May 11, 2017: The Need For Servant Leadership, presented by Dr. Mike Mowery, Strategic Government Resources

Both the April 5 and May 11 webinars will satisfy and provide credit needed for the Municipal Governance Institute (MGI) certification. Registration cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more at

Can’t Attend? Missed A Webinar? Find recorded webinars at 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 or call 573-635-9134. 

MISSOURI GFOA EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT AWARD… The Missouri Government Finance Officers Association 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 for a nomination form. 

2017 CITY SUMMIT WORKSHOPS: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS … The National League of Cities is hosting its 93rd annual conference, the City Summit, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nov. 15-18, 2017. They are accepting proposals for workshop sessions, NLC University training seminars, and potential workshop speakers. This is an opportunity to showcase successes within your city or organization with elected officials and thought leaders from across the country. The submission deadline is March 31. Learn more.

DID YOU DELIVER A STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS? NLC WANTS TO READ IT! … Each year, NLC analyzes mayors’ State of the City addresses from across the country. If you would like yours to be included in this year’s report, please send a link to (or copy of) your speech to Trevor Langan at

2018 ALL-AMERICA CITIES CALL FOR PROPOSALS In 2018, the spotlight for the All-America City Awards will be on inclusive civic engagement practices that promote equity and bring all voices to the table to address important issues. Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community identifies three local efforts targeting pressing community challenges that demonstrate innovation, impact, inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross sector collaboration. More information and applications are available online. 

MML DIRECTORY CHANGESTo keep MML records current,  please send any elected/appointed official changes to Jackie Hagenhoff at 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 recognitions, retirements and other items you want to share to Lori Noe at Your announcement may appear in the MML newsletter, Review magazine or on the League website. 

Grants and Funding Opportunities

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.

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.



  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 issue will share their insight. Learn more and register.

MAIN STREET FOUR-POINT REFRESH …  Refresh the Main Street Four-Point Approach®, a successful downtown revitalization program, March 24, 2017, in Jackson, Missouri. The National Trust for Historic Preservation developed the Four-Point Approach® to revitalization more than 35 years ago as a guide for communities to produce fundamental changes in the economic base, while preserving historic commercial buildings and unique heritage. Kathy La Plante, senior program officer with the National Main Street Center, will guide this hands-on and interactive presentation. 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. Learn more and register.

MfSMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association’s annual conference takes place April 30 – May 5, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more.

MoGFOA ANNUAL MEETING ... The Government Finance Officers of Missouri will host the organization’s annual meeting and spring conference 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.

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 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, workers’ compensation, employee communication, problem solving and more. Learn more and register at

MISSOURI PRESERVATION CONFERENCE … The Missouri Preservation Conference will bring together historic preservation experts May 17-19, 2017, in Hannibal, Missouri. Learn more.

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

Member News 

On Feb. 15, 2017,  in recognition of Black History Month, Mayor Carson Ross was presented with a resolution by Missouri House Representatives Dan Stacy and Jeanie Lauer for being a Distinguished African-American who has made a difference through his work.  Congratulations Mayor Ross!

GRANDVIEW NAMED HIGHLY ACCURATE FORECASTER … When it comes to revenue forecasting, it appears Grandview gets it right. Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) named Grandview among nine cities it calls "Highly Accurate Forecasters" in a new guide for city economists. "Informed Decision-Making Through Forecasting: A Practitioner's Guide to Government Revenue Analysis" examines the importance of economic forecasting in Government. GFOA also asked Grandview Finance Director Cemal Umut Gungor to contribute to the book. Learn more.

Have You Seen This? 

MISSOURI RURAL SURVEY … The Missouri Rural Development Partners, Missouri’s federally authorized rural development council, is launching the first annual Missouri Rural Survey to hear from rural citizens, business owners and leaders about the key issues, opportunities and challenges facing rural Missouri communities.  The survey is done in partnership with University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Office of Rural Development. The anonymous online survey is open until March 30th, to anyone over 18 years of age and should take about 15 minutes to complete.  Your responses will provide a better understanding of the attitudes and opinions of actual rural Missouri residents.  Survey results, again completely anonymous, will be published later in 2017 and also provided to local, state and national leaders so they can gauge the issues facing rural communities.

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEEK … Mark your calendars for May 8-13, 2017! Created by the International Economic Development Council, and inspired by IEDC's Immediate Past Chair, Barry Matherly, CEcD FM, president and CEO, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc., the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for economic development local programs that support the creation of jobs, advance career development opportunities and contribute to an increased quality of life. EDW is an international campaign that consists of activities designed to highlight the importance of economic development taking place around North America and the globe. Download a toolkit and learn more.


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