Volume 21 - Number 46 - December 2, 2016
Published by the League of Kansas Municipalities
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, announced that it has partnered with the League of Kansas Municipalities (the League) to offer a suite of services to member cities. The League is leading the way for other municipal leagues to assist their member cities and towns in securing needed services.
The League signed a master agreement with IBTS in November of 2016, allowing interested member cities and towns the opportunity to contract IBTS services on a full time or as-needed basis. Many communities in the State of Kansas are facing challenges with budgets and finding qualified personnel. In a time when cities are experiencing an increase in building activity, existing city staff is starting to retire or relocate for new job opportunities. By partnering with IBTS, cities can share resources and provide quality service to its community for an affordable cost. IBTS assists municipalities of all sizes with a range of needs. Under this agreement, the League’s members gain access to Building Department Services, including planning, zoning, permitting, plan review, inspections, floodplain management stormwater services, property maintenance, accessibility reviews, fire code reviews, and GOVmotusTM permitting software.
Each interested jurisdiction will work directly with IBTS to identify the services needed now and in the future. Once jurisdictions sign a Service Agreement, they are able to request services and pay a fee only when services are performed. This type of flexibility gives jurisdictions the opportunity to provide quick turnaround when needed.
“We are excited to partner with The League and to have the opportunity to offer their members a unique set of local government solutions,” says Don Howell, Director of Local Government Solutions at IBTS. “IBTS looks forward to working closely alongside The League in addressing the challenges of each jurisdiction and forming a long relationship with the member communities.”
“The partnership with IBTS allows The League to offer a wide-range of cost-effective services to our members,” says Erik Sartorious, Executive Director at The League. “The IBTS Service Agreement provides a way for local governments to operate more efficiently by reducing costs to citizens and gaining access to professional services that they may not have the resources to provide on their own.”
To learn more about the services IBTS offers, the League is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, December 13th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Click here to register.
On November 22nd a federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the enforcement of the Department of Labor's new salary rules for exempt status under the white-collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This order freezes the mandatory enforcement of the new salary rules until further notice while the court considers the legal issues. The new salary rules would have raised the salary threshold for exempt employees to $47,476 per year. The preliminary injunction halting enforcement stems from two recently filed lawsuits, one by Attorney Generals in 21 states and one by a group of business advocacy groups. The Department of Labor is currently considering its legal options.
A copy of the order can be found here. Please contact your city attorney or the League’s legal staff with further questions.
Kansas municipalities that employ or contract with individuals need to be aware of a new January 31, 2017 deadline regarding the filing of wage informational returns (W-2s and W-3s) and 1099-MISC returns.
In order for the IRS to verify 2016 tax refund claims, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113) passed December 18, 2015 changes the due date of employer’s informational returns filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
For more information, download this document.
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