COUNCIL COMMUNICATION

DATE:

 

03/24/2003

 

SUBJECT:  FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE 2003-O-066

Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2002-03 General Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $189,888.00, from the Technology Fund Fee collected by the Municipal Court. Funds are being appropriated from the restricted opening fund balance and will be used to purchase the new software system for the Municipal Court.

INITIATED BY:

Larry Dovalina, City Manager                                  

STAFF SOURCE:

Thomas Ochoa, Municipal Court Clerk

Martin Aleman, Budget Director

PREVIOUS COUNCIL ACTION:

City Council approved the public hearing and introduction of this ordinance on March 3, 2003.

BACKGROUND:

On August 23, 1999, the Municipal Court was authorized to collect a Technology Fund Fee with City Council approval of ordinance no. 99-O-246.

 

The City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Municipal Court, Section 20-37, Court Costs, Subsection (c), Municipal Court Technology Fund Fees states “there shall be taxed against each defendant convicted of a misdemeanor offense in the municipal court, a municipal court technology fee not to exceed four dollars ($4.00) as a cost of court.”

 

The Municipal Court Technology Fund Fee, which is designated by Article 102.017 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, may be used only to finance the purchase of technological enhancements for a municipal court including; computer systems, computer networks, computer hardware, computer software, imaging systems, electronic kiosks, electronic ticket writers, and electronic docket management systems. 

 

The Technology Fund Fee is strictly for the use of the Municipal Court and, as of September 30, 2002, has collected a total of  $ 189,888.00.  

 

FINANCIAL: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Fund

 

 

 

Amended

Budget

 

 

Proposed

Budget

 

 

 

Amendment

Expenditures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101-1400-515.90-03

Computer Software

0

$189,888.00

$189,888.00

 

Note:  Any additional funding needed for the new software system will come from current FY 2002-03 Municipal Court appropriations.  In FY 02-03 alone, $72,000.00 in revenue was projected for the Municipal Court Technology Fund Fee. 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends that City Council approve this ordinance.

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-066

 

Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2002-03 General Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $189,888.00, from the Technology Fund Fee collected by the Municipal Court. Funds are being appropriated from the restricted opening fund balance and will be used to purchase the new software system for the Municipal Court.

 

WHEREAS, on August 23, 1999, the Municipal Court was authorized to collect a Technology Fund Fee with City Council approval of ordinance no. 99-O-246; and,

 

WHEREAS, the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Municipal Court, Section 20-37, Court Costs, Subsection (c), Municipal Court Technology Fund Fees states “there shall be taxed against each defendant convicted of a misdemeanor offense in the municipal court, a municipal court technology fee not to exceed four dollars ($4.00) as a cost of court”; and,

 

WHEREAS, the Municipal Court Technology Fund Fee, which is designated by Article 102.017 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, may be used only to finance the purchase of technological enhancements for a municipal court including; computer systems, computer networks, computer hardware, computer software, imaging systems, electronic kiosks, electronic ticket writers, and electronic docket management systems; and, 

 

WHEREAS, the Technology Fund Fee is strictly for the use of the Municipal Court and, as of September 30, 2002, has collected a total of  $ 189,888.00; and,

 

WHEREAS, the City Council held a public hearing and introduction of this ordinance on March 3, 2003; and

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAREDO THAT:

 

Section 1.  Budget Amendment

The City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget be amended to appropriate additional expenditures in the amount of $189,888.00 from the Municipal Court Technology Fund Fees that have been collected since approved by the City of Laredo City Council.

  

FINANCIAL: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Fund

 

 

 

Amended

Budget

 

 

Proposed

Budget

 

 

 

Amendment

Expenditures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101-1400-515.90-03

Computer Software

0

$189,888.00

$189,888.00

 

 

Note:  Any additional funding needed for the new software system will come from current FY 2002-03 Municipal Court appropriations.  In FY 02-03 alone, $72,000.00 in revenue was projected for the Municipal Court Technology Fund Fee. 

 

PASSED BY THE COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR ON THIS THE 24th DAY OF MARCH 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

______________________

ELIZABETH G. FLORES

MAYOR

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

______________________

GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.

CITY SECRETARY

 

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

______________________

JAIME L. FLORES

CITY ATTORNEY