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Each year, the demographic and socio-economic make up of a city changes drastically, with more buildings being built or renovated, and economic activity changing. As a result, each year the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions also change significantly. These new data sets are recompiled and re-analyzed to arrive at different measured emissions results on an annual basis.
Dynamhex has created a bottom-up model that statistically estimates all uses of energy and resources that collectively make up greenhouse gas emissions, such as liquid fuel usage in transportation, electricity and fuel uses in homes, offices and other structures, as well as information from the power providers in the types of fuels they consume to generate electricity.
Typically, major changes made to structures are reported in the form of permits. The software can analyze county-level data to estimate the latest changes made. Alternatively, Dynamhex enables tenants and property owners to input latest changes to the structure so the model can auto-calibrate the efficiency levels, and thus total footprint of the structures.
Each year, cities and their citizens consume resources in their homes, cars and offices. These resources not only emit harmful pollutants that are detrimental to health, but costs money to purchase. By understanding opportunities of emissions and energy reduction across the entire city, Dynamhex helps Roeland Park identify and reduce energy costs and pollution. The benefit is healthier communities, as well as lower costs of energy.
Most residents are not completely aware of their overall footprint or know the avenues available to them to make measurable changes in consumption or costs. The City’s use of Dynamhex helps each resident understand their own footprint, and what they can do to reduce their footprint - such as insulate crawl space, find rebates for efficient appliances or lighting, etc.
Please check out the instructional video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Dynamhex.
The City will use the information gathered to inform their long-term strategy to build a healthy community - including urban planning, development and purchasing decisions. By knowing the distribution of emissions across the City, the City can better set emission targets. These targets will influence policymaking and program development in ways that can reduce these emissions over time. A data-centric tool enables the City staff and leadership to identify community partners who can join them in addressing concerns of energy costs, environmental pollution and community health.
The Paris Climate Accord calls for nations and her residents to collectively reduce their emissions by 25% by 2025. Dynamhex assists cities and their residents and local businesses with keeping track of their footprint and helping them to contribute to that goal, on a local level. Roeland Park is leading by example, as a member of the Climate Action KC coalition, with the regional climate change planning.
The City of Roeland Park approved Resolution 676 adopting a carbon emission reduction goal of a 28% reduction by 2025. In addition to the purchase of Dynamhex which will help the City and its residents track emissions, the City has already taken several steps to become cleaner, greener and more energy efficient:
Waste and recycling
Dynamhex shows each building owner and resident in Roeland Park tangible steps that they can use to reduce their carbon footprint or environmental impact, which the tool measures as carbon emissions given off from their energy use (electricity, natural gas or other fuels used in buildings, or gasoline from transportation). By identifying sources of energy wastage, such as from poor insulation, or old equipment, each Roeland Park resident can lower their bills while lowering emissions. Beyond replacing structures or equipment, various behavioral measures such as energy conservation - turning off lights when not in use, using timers and smart thermostats to regulate heating and cooling, etc. can save lots of energy and money. These same activities also directly reduce the footprint of each resident and lowers their impact on the environment.
Energy can be consumed in various forms, either through the burning or processing of fuels, such as natural gas or motor gasoline for heating our homes or driving our vehicles. Electricity, which is consistently getting cleaner due to a shift from coal to renewable energy, such as wind and solar, is increasingly a key solution to cleaner energy use.
Percentage electrification denotes the portion of energy use by each resident, which is from electricity, as opposed to direct fuels, like propane, natural gas, gasoline, kerosene or diesel. In other words, 67% electrification for building means, two-thirds of all energy consumed by the structure in any given year is electricity, and one-third is some form of liquid or gaseous fuel. Typically, the higher the electrification percentage, the more efficient and clean the energy source is. Whenever possible, direct fuels should be transitioned into electricity usage, such as through using electric heat pumps for buildings, or electric vehicles for transportation.
When you see what you think is a property maintenance code violation, you have more than one option:
Every citizen has responsibilities to the community in which they live. Proper maintenance of each property ensures the health, safety and welfare of the community as a whole. The City of Roeland Park has a property maintenance code as well as ordinances by which citizens are required to abide. These codes and ordinances apply to all private property within the city limits. Find out more on our code enforcement process.
You must register your dog or cat (6 months old and older) within 30 days of the date the animal is first owned and kept within the city.
The license is good for one year from the date of registration.
Bring in a copy of an up-to-date rabies vaccination certificate from your veterinarian at the time of licensing. Residents are responsible for ensuring that vaccinations do not expire during the licensing year.
All dogs and cats six months of age or older must be licensed.
Every owner who fails to register their dog or cat within 30 days of the expiration of the registration period will pay, in addition to the registration fee, a penalty fee for late registration in the following amounts:
No more than two dogs of six months of age or older or more than one litter of pups, or more than two cats of more than six months of age or more than one litter of kittens, or engage in the commercial business of breeding, buying, selling, trading, training, or boarding cats or dogs or both cats and dogs, without having obtained an Animal License Variance from the governing body.
The fee for a Special Permit or its renewal is $100. Those persons who have received governing body approval to keep more than two dogs or more than two cats prior to the effective date of this ordinance shall be exempt from the requirement to pay such special permit fee, or any renewal thereof; provided, however, that this exemption shall no longer apply if a special permit is suspended or revoked as hereinafter provided.
No more than six female chickens per tract of land regardless of how many dwelling units are on the tract.
There are special permit (PDF) requirements for pet owners who have more than two dogs or more than two cats.
Contact animal control at 913-782-0720. The keeping, or harboring of any animal which by loud frequent and habitual barking, howling, yelping, mewing, roaring or screeching disturbs the peace of any neighborhood is prohibited. It is the duty of any person harboring or keeping such loud or noisy animal or animals to abate the condition, and if he or she fails to do so, the city may abate it by taking up, impounding and/or disposing of the animal at the expense of the owner. (Ordinance 408, Section 11; Code 1986.)
If your pet is lost or you find a lost animal, you can call:
The increase in the property tax and the expected revenue generated from a sales tax total $702,000. The estimated loss of sales tax revenue from the relation of Walmart is anticipated to be around $700,000. Funds from an additional sales tax, if adopted, could be used to restore some or all of the service cuts in the previous budgets.
Resolutions adopted by the City Council are often used as way to express an opinion. Resolution 630 is not binding on future Councils; however, it does contain the intended uses for the sales tax funds as seen by the same City Council members who authorized the issue to be on the ballot.
Following the town hall meetings the community events budget for FY14 was cut in half and the Roe Boulevard Design elements and entryway updates were eliminated from the FY14 budget.
The City currently does not have an "emergency reserve." There is a general fund reserve, a bond and interest reserve and an equipment/building maintenance reserve.
If the sales tax is adopted, that will be a decision of the City Council. With restoration of services being the third on the council’s priority list as set forth in the Resolution 630, specific restored items are not guaranteed, but it is intended that they would be discussed if the other two higher priorities were addressed. A few examples of other service items that have been removed from the budget during the past few years include: tree trimming and public works summer help.
Under the budget model discussed during the summer of 2013, the deputy chief’s position will not be funded until January 2016. During that time the new chief of police can review current staffing models for possible alteration.
The Governing Body did not approve a three year budget. However, the Governing Body did forecast revenue and expenses for a period of three years. If the proposed sales tax is adopted, the Governing Body could consider the different many different uses for the sales tax, but they have stated a priority of intentions as outlined in Resolution 630. It generally states the priorities as first the emergency maintenance reserve would be funded; then general infrastructure needs would be considered, then service reductions could be considered and mill rate reduction.
A reduction in the property tax rate after the first three prioritized uses of funds have been considered. In addition, since the Governing Body did not know if the sales tax would pass, the potential revenue from the sales tax was not included in the 3-year budget projections.
In the past, the City used a mill and overlay for street maintenance. Now, other less expensive, shorter term, surface life extension techniques such as chip and seal and crack and seal are used more frequently. Additionally, there were many years where street maintenance was funded around the $400,000 level. In the FY14 budget, contracted and in house street maintenance is funded at $280,000.
The FY12 CARS project, Roe Boulevard phase 1 was constructed and consisted of curb repairs, remedial full depth patches, striping, sidewalk repairs and striping. The FY13 CARS project, Roe Boulevard phase 2 (surface treatment) was scheduled but has been deferred to the year 2015. The 2015 project is also set to have Federal Grant money for 48th and Roe intersection improvement. FY14 CARS project is currently slated for Nall Avenue, however, some minor repairs were done by Public Works crews in an effort to further its life beyond 2014.
The CID additional 1% tax was requested by the property owner. The property owner could also petition the City asking that it be removed from the property. If the property owner does not request that it be removed then it will remain in effect as it is today. The use of the CID funds could be used to improve the new tenant’s space if that is how the owners of the property would like to use the funds and the City agrees.
Many do not realize that the Walmart building is not owned by Walmart or the building but it is owned by a group called the "Roeland Park TMM, LLC". The City has been working with the property owners to provide the necessary economic incentives to all them to create an attractive site for future development/re-tenanting. The City has provided ideas of possible tenants it would like to see; however, ultimately the decision is the property owners on who they will rent the property to, within the limits of the CID. The following is a long list from the CID agreement which lists business that will not be permitted and specifies restrictions on the businesses for which it may be used:
NW Roe and Johnson - This property has been sold to Commerce. The City is working with them on the possibility of getting a 2nd tenant on that site.
NE Roe and Johnson - The City is working with volunteer architects and designers and talking to different development consultants. The mayor, a couple of Council members and staff are working on different methods to move forward with development of this property.
4800 Roe (Old Pool Site) - This site has much potential, but also the most challenges including caves, a steep slope and difficult access on Roe. We have met with the County and are looking at trying to adjust the boundaries of two tax increment financing (TIF) districts so developers will have a more direct path at understanding development.
Most importantly, the City has no Development Department or staff and minimal funds to work with from the budget. The Mayor, Council, a couple specialists and some volunteers and others are giving much time to advance these sites in a responsible manner.
It is our understanding from the private property owner that the current lease with Walmart runs through July 2016. During the FY14 budget process time period, a senior manager of public affairs and government relations from Walmart reaffirmed in an email the company’s intention to move to Mission and that current timeline was for a March 2015 departure or very shortly thereafter.
This could be an outcome, but that would be a decision of the Governing Body. The Council recently passed a resolution delineating a priority list for possible expenditures of the funds.
The sales tax projection is based on current sales totals minus the estimated impact, which is the loss of sales from Walmart and its impact on surrounding businesses as estimated by outside experts. For our ad valorem income, City staff projected that property tax values would decline slightly in 2014 (based upon trend for the past several years) and then level out during 2015 and 2016. It is difficult to estimate property value appreciation much beyond the next year. The county appraiser will provide the final total of assessed value on July 1 of each year for the next year’s budgeting purposes.
The ballot language for the "27B" sales tax was approved to be used for the following purposes:
No projects have been paid directly from the 27B Fund since prior to 1997. The last two times Roe Boulevard was worked on, mill and overlaid (2006) or had curb and surface repair work completed (2012), the projects were not paid for from 27B sales taxes.
The City will continue to do its best to respond to media inquiries as they are made. The City will have a mailing containing facts about the sales tax but will not advocate for or against the election such as the encouraging residents to "vote no" or "vote yes".
There was discussion about funding the leaf program as part of the solid waste assessment on the June 3 Committee of the Whole meeting and June 3 Council meeting as well as in the July newsletter.
Kansas Statutes only allows up to 1% sales tax to be dedicated to a special purposes and up to an additional 2% which can be dedicated to general purposes. With the current sales taxes that are in place there is insufficient space under the state imposed cap to have an additional restricted sales tax at the 0.35% rate. Therefore this sales tax has to be for general purposes. Because of this, the City Council passed Resolution 630 which outlined intended uses for this fund.
It depends on what threshold one would consider enough in order to have a "surplus." The Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) recommends a General Fund reserve of at least 16.7% of the general fund in normal economic conditions. With the expected loss of Walmart one could make the argument that these are not normal economic conditions and it would be prudent to err on the conservative side. Additionally, many communities in Johnson County far exceed the GFOA recommendation, and in some cases have reserves as high as two or three times this minimum.
Approximately $18,150 paid to the Johnson County Election Commissioner's Office to conduct the election.
The City does not currently have a copy of the Walmart lease and therefore is unable to answer this question at this time.
The owners of the property where Walmart is located have informed us that they have prospects, but have not provided details at this time.
We are not able to speculate on this item.
The program costs $28.06 per household, with 2,845 households, for a total of $79,830.70.
Total budget is $12,300,558, this includes all funds of the city. This equates to 5.7% of the total budget.
The governing body made the decision to put the vote on the sales tax before the voters in order to be proactive to the economic conditions forecasted with the leaving of Walmart.
See the Losses Referenced in Charts page for full information.
The City is unsure how long it will take for the owner to re-tenant the property, therefore we have projected anywhere from 1 to 7 years. The City is asking for this sales tax rate for a period of 5 years, beginning April 1, 2014 and expiring in March 31, 2019. The sales tax can be terminated early by the City Council. To extend this sales tax it would take another vote of the people.
The City issues municipal bonds for major street/capital projects. When the City has another capital project, it will review the possibility of issuing bonds. The City’s current municipal obligations are represented in the following graph: