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July 2018
MOTOR FUEL TAX INCREASE … During the final week of the 2018 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed HB 1460 that places a ballot measure on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot increasing the state motor fuel tax.  If approved by voters, the ballot measure would:
  • Increase the state's motor fuel tax by $.10 from $.17 per gallon in increments of 2.5 cents a year over four years, bringing the state fuel tax to $.27 per gallon;
  • provide municipalities an additional $60,000,000 annually in revenue, when fully implemented, to fund local transportation projects;
Find a list on the League website prepared by the Missouri Department of Transportation showing how much more revenue a municipality will receive if the motor fuel tax increase passes in November.

U.S. SUPREME COURT CLEARS THE WAY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO COLLECT SALES TAX FROM ONLINE RETAILERS … On June 21, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the South Dakota vs. Wayfair case, to strike down the court’s 1992 physical presence standard set forth in the case, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. The Quill ruling exempted any out-of-state (internet and catalog) retailers from collecting state and local sales and use tax.

The Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is currently examining the Supreme Court ruling to determine if state legislative action is needed to implement the ruling. It is very likely that the Missouri General Assembly will need to act before the state and municipalities will see any additional revenue. MML will distribute DOR’s report on the implementation of South Dakota vs. Wayfair ruling as soon as it is received.

This significant ruling paves the way for expanded collection of state and local use tax.  Under the earlier Quill case, sales and use tax collection had been limited to companies with a physical presence within the state.  The ruling opens the door for expanded collections. However, under current law, Missouri municipalities will still need a use tax to see any revenue increase from this decision. 
On June 27, the U. S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.  This case determined that forced payment of dues or fees by public employees to their collective bargaining representative is a violation of the public employees’ 1st Amendment rights of free speech.  The impact of this decision is that no public employer can legally negotiate a mandatory dues or fees payment to be taken involuntarily from public employees to be paid to the bargaining agent as a condition of employment.  Only voluntary acts by employees are permitted, if carefully drafted.  There are more principles in this 5-4 court decision, but this is the primary takeaway.  Any public entity that has a mandatory membership or fee provision needs to remove such provisions from the collective bargaining agreements and policies immediately. (Editor’s note: This summary is provided by Ivan Schraeder with Wagner Law Group, as part of his upcoming article, “The Ten Commandments of Personnel Law,” in the July issue of the MML Review magazine.)

MML WECLOMES NEW MEMBERS … MML is happy to welcome two new member cities: South Greenfield and the Village of Aullville.


MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE … Register today to join us for the 84th MML Annual Conference Sept. 16-19, 2018, in Branson, Missouri! Don’t miss this opportunity to network and receive expert advice on issues you face regularly in local government. Learn more about the speakers, review the schedule and register today! MML REGIONAL MEETINGS … Regional meetings are a great opportunity to learn, share best practices and network in a smaller event setting with local officials and municipal employees in neighboring cities. Learn more and register for a regional meeting in your area today!  
  • MML West Gate will host the Civic Leadership Awards in Independence July 26, 2018.
  • MML Central Region will meet in Sedalia Oct. 17, 2018
  • MML Northwest Region will meet in Lathrop Oct. 18, 2018
  • MML Southeast Region will meet in Jackson Oct. 25, 2018
  • MML West Gate Region will meet in Raymore Oct. 25, 2018
  • MML Southwest Region will meet in Bolivar Oct. 30, 2018. This workshop will emphasize regulation of animals and is cosponsored by Mel Gilbert with Gilbert law Office, LLC.
MML WEBINARS … Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at
  • July 26: “Trust Building Strategies For Leaders,” presented by Ron Holifield, Strategic Government Resources
Aug. 8: “Census Tools,” presented by Andrew Hait, U.S. Census Bureau

MOCCFOA STATE SCHOLARSHIPS 2018-2019 … Members of the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association have an opportunity to apply for financial support to attend key upcoming MoCCFOA Professional Development institutes and conferences.   Each year, the executive board approves funding to assist colleagues in being able to attend and in order to keep growing and contributing to their communities. Typical requirements for applicants include: the completion of an application; a personal statement of goals and professional interests; a commitment  by the municipal employer allowing the applicant time off to attend; and an identification of how ongoing participation and involvement into the future will be supported (beyond the MoCCFOA Scholarship). Additional scholarship details and the current application will be shared via the MoCCFOA listserve, as events draw nearer. For questions, contact Kathy Marlock at or (314) 647-5795 ext. 212.
  • Regional Conferences, October 2018
  • Annual Spring Institute, March, 2019
  • New Clerks Conference, March, 2019
MISSOURI RURAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS SURVEY … Missouri Rural Development Partners (MRDP) is Missouri’s federally authorized state rural development council. MRDP is committed to linking key agencies and organizations that serve rural Missouri to facilitate an understanding of what the agencies and organizations offer and how we can work together to address the needs of rural Missouri. An annual Missouri survey helps inform MRDP about key issues and needs, as well as stakeholders and partners across the state. The 2018 survey is underway, and MRDP seeks your participation. Click here to take the 2018 Survey! The results of the 2017 survey can be found here.

ALL AMERICA CITY APPLICATIONS … Every year communities from across the country compete for the All-America City Award, telling the story of their community and their work. The 2019 applications are due by March 5, 2019. Learn more and apply.

FUNDING FOR THE FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING WORKSHOPS … The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA), and the Department of Economic Development (DED) announced a series of free, educational funding workshops throughout Missouri this summer.  These sessions will be an opportunity for community leaders, planners and elected officials to learn how to plan for drinking water and wastewater compliance challenges; pay for the improvements; and construct wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects from agencies that offer financial assistance programs for these publicly-owned systems. Workshops are scheduled in Poplar Bluff, Lee’s Summit, Clinton, Macon and West Plains. Register here for these free events.

MISSOURI BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE … The Brownfields tract of the Missouri Waste Control Coalition Environmental Conference, referred to as the Missouri Brownfields Conference, is being hosted by the Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program (BVCP) July 16, 2018, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The Brownfields Conference allows attendees to meet state and federal brownfield staff, community members and other industry experts face-to-face. BVCP staff will be available to provide information on a one-on-one basis. Registration, along with scholarship information, is now available at Call 573-526-8913 or email

MMAA SEMINAR ... Registration is o pen! The Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association (MMAA) will meet for the annual summer seminar July 20-22, 2018, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Register today!
CULTIVATING LEADERSHIP IN YOUR COMMUNITY … Missouri Main Street Connection and its affiliate grant program, Ozark Historic District, is hosting a workshop to identify and cultivate leaders in communities, in order to leverage community engagement. The workshop takes place in Ozark, Missouri, on Aug. 17. Learn more and register.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT OVERVIEW WORKSHOPS … Mark your calendars for upcoming regional planning commission evening trainings where MML staff will present an overview of how municipal government works. The trainings will be open to all local government officials and city staff, and will emphasize what newly elected officials need to know to govern successfully. Topics include: powers of the mayor and governing body, ethics, council procedures, Sunshine Law and more.
  • Aug. 23, 2018
    Meramec Regional Planning Commission
    RSVP by Aug. 9 via email to or call (573) 265-2993.
  • Aug. 28, 2018
    Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments
    RSVP by email to or call (573) 565-2203 with questions.
MISSOURI HIGHWAY TRAFFIC, SAFETY AND BLUEPRINT CONFERENCE … Join safety advocates Sept. 10-12, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri, for the Missouri Highway Traffic, Safety and Blueprint Conference. Learn more and register.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY CITIES ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH PULSEPOINT … The cities of Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury and Webster Groves along with East Central Dispatch Center are launching a partnership with the PulsePoint smartphone app to help improve community response to sudden cardiac arrest. PulsePoint alerts nearby CPR trained citizens when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs of the victim’s location and closest publicly accessible AED. Read article.

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initially developed the Grants 101 Training for federal government employees, but now these e-Learning modules are available as a resource for all. This grants training is comprised of five modules, most of which contain multiple online lessons: Laws, Regulations, and Guidance; Financial Assistance Mechanisms; Uniform Guidance Administrative Requirements; Cost Principles; Risk Management and Single Audit. Learn more >

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is inviting communities to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation grants program. BUILD replaces the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. BUILD grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. At least 30 percent of funds must be awarded to projects located in rural areas.

NEA OUR TOWN GRANTS … Application deadline Aug. 9, 2018
Is your town doing some creative place making? Want to start? Here is a grant opportunity from the National Endowment for the Arts. Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts intends to achieve the objective of strengthening communities by providing opportunities for the arts to be integrated into the fabric of community life.
The Our Town Grant application and guidelines are now posted. Matching grants for creative place making projects range from $25,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is Aug. 9, 2018, for projects that will start on or after July 1, 2019. Learn more.

RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS LOAN … Application deadline Sept. 30, 2018
The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Farm Bill Broadband Program) furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service in eligible rural areas. Learn more.

ROADMAPS TO HEALTH COACHING … Application dates ongoing
Sponsored by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this program offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health. Learn more.

Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of the costs — Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places and Strategic Teams Engaging Places. These grant programs provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities. Contact the MMSC office at (417) 334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information.

EDA DISASTER FUNDING … Application dates ongoing
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently published the FY18 “Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity” (NOFO), making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Stafford Act as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and other natural disasters in 2017. There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated. Disaster recovery projects must be consistent with the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities. EDA disaster grants are made by its regional offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program. For more information, please visit the EDA and Disaster Recovery page.

PAID FOR BY … The Missouri Ethics Commission offers a brochure to guide officials on how to clearly and carefully state disclaimers for funding sources in a political campaign. Download here.

Click here to watch the MML Lobbying team discuss a wrap up of this year’s session.
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