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File #: 200020    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/21/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/8/2020
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution relating to fiscal conditions and interventions necessary for the 2020 City Budget resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors: THE CHAIR
Indexes: BUDGET, PUBLIC HEALTH
Attachments: 1. Budget Office Cover Letter, 2. Letter from Maria Monteagudo, 3. DER Cover Letter, 4. City Treasurer Plan, 5. DCD Plan, 6. DOA - Purchasing Division Plan, 7. DNS Plan, 8. DPW Plan, 9. MPL Plan, 10. Municipal Court Plan, 11. Port Plan, 12. Covid-19 Budget Impact Memo, 13. 2020 Change in Positions, 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Motion by Ald Lewis, 16. Motion by Ald Stamper, 17. Motion by Ald Stamper (Amended)
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
5/8/20202 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
5/8/20201 COMMON COUNCIL AMENDED

Minutes note: Ald. Lewis moved to amend the file by inserting the following “Further Resolved” clause after the “Resolved” clause: “Further Resolved, That any employee who can demonstrate that she or he has not received unemployment insurance benefits within two weeks of beginning her or his furlough shall be immediately recalled to work or some other accommodation is made to ensure there is no loss of pay; and be it” Ald. Murphy moved that the Common Council enter into Committee of the Whole. There were no objections. Appearing: Maria Monteagudo, Dept. of Employee Relations Ald. Lewis moved that the Common Council rise from Committee of the Whole. There were no objections. A vote was called for the motion made by Ald. Lewis. (Failed 7-8)
Fail7:8 Action details Meeting details Video Video
5/8/20201 COMMON COUNCIL AMENDED

Minutes note: Ald. Stamper moved to amend the resolution to insert the following paragraph after the last “Further Resolved” clause: "Further Resolved, That no furloughs or reduced hours for employees shall be implemented until departmental plans for service reductions or changes, including a report on the impact of service reductions or changes on each aldermanic district, have been approved by the Common Council." Ald. Bauman moved that the Common Council enter into Committee of the Whole. There were no objections. Appearing: Maria Monteagudo, Dept. of Employee Relations Dennis Yaccarino, Budget and Management Division James Owczarski, City Clerk Ald. Stamper moved to amend his motion to reflect the following language in lieu of the original: "Further Resolved, That any further reduction in service or workforce, not included in this file, shall be brought to the Common Council for review and approval, including a report on the impact of service reductions or changes on each aldermanic district." (Prevailed 15-0) Ald. Dodd moved that the Common Council rise from Committee of the Whole. There were no objections.
Pass15:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
5/8/20202 COMMON COUNCIL ADOPTEDPass11:4 Action details Meeting details Not available
5/6/20201 FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION

Minutes note: Individuals appearing remotely: Miriam Horwitz, City Attorney's Office Jerry Allen, Employes' Retirement System Spencer Coggs, City Treasurer's Office Jim Klajbor, City Treasurer's Office Jeffrey Polenske, Dept. of Public Works Erica Lewandowski, Dept. of Neighborhood Services
Pass5:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
5/5/20201 CITY CLERK DRAFT SUBMITTED   Action details Meeting details Not available
4/21/20200 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available

Number

200020

Version

SUBSTITUTE 2

Reference

Sponsor

THE CHAIR

 

Title

Substitute resolution relating to fiscal conditions and interventions necessary for the 2020 City Budget resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Analysis

This resolution recommends the adoption of fiscal interventions needed to start addressing the impacts of lost revenues on the City’s budget as a result of COVID-19. The recommendations include implementation of temporary service reductions across most departments through furloughs and reduced work hours, excluding departments dedicated to response to, and mitigation of, COVID-19.

Body

Whereas, The City of Milwaukee has identified that the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a loss of approximately $26.5 million in revenues for the period covering March to August of 2020; and

 

Whereas, The length of the COVID-19 pandemic and the projected loss of City revenues will continue to have a negative impact on the City’s financial position and create long-term fiscal challenges; and

 

Whereas, Temporary service reductions are being recommended across departments through the implementation of employee furloughs and reduced work hours, aside from those departments and services involved with the mitigation and response to the COVID-19 emergency; and

 

Whereas, The temporary employee furloughs and reduction in hours proposed here are distinct and separate from the mandatory furloughs provided for in s. 350-116, Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unanticipated consequences of the pandemic on the City’s budget, and the need for a temporary reduction of City services occasioned by the pandemic that arise  from State and local emergency orders for public health; and 

 

Whereas, Department functions and services identified for temporary suspension or reduction will not severely impact critical City services needed by residents; and

 

Whereas, Temporary furlough and reduced-hour measures will minimize the need to implement future long-term City-wide mandatory furloughs, layoffs and/or permanent reductions in services; and

 

Whereas, Employee salary savings will help offset some of the significant revenue loss the City is facing, while the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27th, 2020, will allow the City to recover the cost of unemployment benefits paid as a result of furloughs and reduced work hours; and

 

Whereas, The CARES Act has also expanded unemployment benefits to individuals not otherwise eligible and has provided an additional Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) weekly benefit of $600 that will mitigate impacts on employees; and

 

Whereas, Furloughed and reduced-hour employees will retain important benefit coverage with no negative impacts to service credit for sick leave, vacation or pension; and

 

Whereas, Temporary furloughs and reduced work schedules are not anticipated to extend beyond July 31, 2020, unless FPUC benefits are extended; and

 

Whereas, The Department of Employee Relations will work with the City’s Unemployment Compensation third party administrator to streamline the process of reporting data needed to respond to claims filed by employees and help them understand the process of filing unemployment compensation claims; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Department of Employee Relations is authorized to implement temporary furloughs and reduced hours for employees as soon as administratively feasible, to continue while the city is under State or local health officer orders and considering that city services may only resume gradually once applicable restrictions are lifted; and, be it

 

Further Resolved, That following the expiration of temporary furloughs and reduced hours, the Department of Employee Relations and Budget office shall provide the Finance and Personnel Committee with an update on the City’s fiscal position and recommendations for further long-term measures as needed; and, be it

 

Further Resolved, That any further reduction in service or workforce, not included in this file, shall be brought to the Common Council for review and approval, including a report on the impact of service reductions or changes on each aldermanic district.

 

Requestor

Department of Employee Relations

Drafter

Renee Joos

5/4/2020

 

Amended by Common Council

Chris Lee

5/8/20