St. Charles County, MO
 
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[Ord. No. 97-98 §1, 7-30-1997; Ord. No. 03-184 §1, 11-26-2003]
There is hereby created the St. Charles County Domestic Violence Board for the purpose of administering the allocation and distribution of the fees provided for by Section 488.445, RSMo. The St. Charles County Domestic Violence Board is created for the purpose of administering the allocation and distribution of funds to shelters for victims of domestic violence from the fees collected under Section 488.445 et seq., RSMo., and this Article.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §2, 7-30-1997]
As approved by the voters in the August 7, 1984, election and ordered by the County Commission upon the results of the election, it is hereby affirmed and ordained that a fee of five dollars ($5.00) shall be imposed upon the issuance of a marriage license and a fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be imposed upon the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. These fees are over and above any other fees required by law.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §§3—5, 7-30-1997]
A. 
There shall be seven (7) members of the St. Charles County Domestic Violence Board to be appointed by the County Executive with the approval of the County Council.
B. 
Membership on the Domestic Violence Board shall be limited to registered voters who have resided in St. Charles County for a period of not less than one (1) year. No member of the Domestic Violence Board shall be an employee, board member or volunteer of an agency receiving assistance from the funds administered or recommended by the Domestic Violence Board. Nothing in this Article shall be interpreted to disable persons formerly served by agencies from serving on the Domestic Violence Board. Volunteers serving an agency or agencies receiving money from the Domestic Violence Board twelve (12) hours a year or less shall be exempt from this Section.
C. 
Currently sitting members of the Domestic Violence Board shall be grandfathered as members of the Board established by this Section for their current term, notwithstanding that they may not meet criteria as set out in Subsection (B) of this Section. Appointments to the Domestic Violence Board, at the expiration of the terms of currently sitting Board members, shall be made for three (3) year terms: such that three (3) members shall be appointed for a three (3) year term beginning January 1, 1998; two (2) members shall be appointed for a three (3) year term beginning January 1, 1999; and two (2) members shall be appointed for a three (3) year term beginning January 1, 2000. All future appointments of Domestic Violence Board members shall be thereafter for three (3) year terms. Appointments as a result of a Board member's death, resignation or forfeiture of office shall be made for the remainder of the three (3) year term of that member.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §6, 7-30-1997]
The members of the Domestic Violence Board may be reimbursed for their reasonable and necessary expenses from the special fund created by the fees collected pursuant to Section 455.200 et seq., RSMo., and this Article and such reimbursement shall be limited to moneys actually and necessarily expended in their performance of their duties; however, such reimbursement shall not exceed more than five percent (5%) of the fees collected pursuant to Section 455.200 et seq., RSMo., and this Article.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §7, 7-30-1997; Ord. No. 97-168 §1, 10-29-1997]
A. 
An agency seeking funds from the Domestic Violence Board must operate a shelter for victims of domestic violence and all funds received shall be used for the funding of the shelter. To qualify for funds allocated and distributed by the St. Charles County Domestic Violence Board, an agency shall meet all of the following requirements:
1. 
Be incorporated in the State as a non-profit corporation;
2. 
Have trustees who represent the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the community to be served, at least one (1) of whom must possess personal experience in confronting or mitigating the problems of domestic violence;
3. 
Receive at least twenty-five percent (25%) of its funds from sources other than funds distributed pursuant to Section 455.200 et seq., RSMo., and this Article. These other sources may be public or private but no more than half of the funds may include contributions of goods or services, including materials, commodities, transportation, office space or other types of facilities or personal services;
4. 
Provide residential service or facilities for children when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or custodian who is a victim of domestic violence and who is receiving temporary residential service at the shelter;
5. 
Require persons employed by or volunteering services to the shelter to maintain the confidentiality of any information that would identify individuals served by the shelter;
6. 
Require that employees and volunteers of the agency who work regularly with children as set out in Section 104.010 be screened as required in that Section; and
7. 
Provide services without regard to race, religion, color, age, marital status, national origin, or ancestry.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §8, 7-30-1997; Ord. No. 97-168 §2, 10-29-1997]
A. 
Any agency meeting the requirement set out in Section 120.645 above may apply to the Domestic Violence Board for funds and may use such monies for funding of a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The application shall be filed with the Board by October first (1st) of the year preceding the calendar year for which the funding is desired and shall include the following:
1. 
Evidence that the shelter is incorporated in this State as a non-profit corporation;
2. 
A list of the directors of the corporation, and a list of the trustees of the shelter if different;
3. 
The proposed budget of the shelter for the following calendar year;
4. 
A summary of the services proposed to be offered in the following calendar year;
5. 
An estimate of the number of persons to be served during the following calendar year;
6. 
A detailed report of programs and services currently provided in a format approved by the Domestic Violence Board; and
7. 
Any other information required by ordinance or by the Domestic Violence Board.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §9, 7-30-1997]
After review of the applications for funds from agencies that meet the criteria set out above, the Domestic Violence Board shall notify the agencies in writing on or before November fifteenth (15th) of the year in which the application is filed, whether the agency is eligible to receive funds and the amount which may be available to the agency if such amount is approved by the County Council.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §10, 7-30-1997]
All funds distributed by the Domestic Violence Board shall be distributed only after the approval of the Board's recommendations by the County Council upon its consent agenda and after the execution of a contract by the agency to whom funds will be distributed. The contract between the agencies and the County shall be approved in form by ordinance.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §§11—12, 7-30-1997]
A. 
Funds allocated to agencies shall be paid to the agencies twice annually, on the first (1st) day of January and the first (1st) day of July of the year following the year in which the application is filed.
B. 
If applications are received from more than one (1) qualified shelter for victims of domestic violence and the requests for the funds exceed the amount of funds available, funds shall be allocated on the basis of the following priorities:
1. 
To shelters in existence on August 13, 1982;
2. 
To shelters offering or proposing to offer the broadest range of services and referrals to the community served, including medical, psychological, financial, educational, vocational, child care services and legal services;
3. 
To other facilities offering or proposing to offer services specifically to victims of physical domestic violence;
4. 
To other qualified shelters.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §13, 7-30-1997; Ord. No. 97-168 §3, 10-29-1997; Ord. No. 09-127 §1, 10-28-2009]
A. 
An agency that receives funds pursuant to Sections 455.200 through 455.230, RSMo., and this Article shall file an annual report with the Domestic Violence Board on or before March 31 of the year following the year in which funds were received. The annual report shall include statistics on the number of persons served by the shelter, the relationship of the victim of domestic violence to the abuser, the number of referrals made for medical, psychological, financial, educational, vocational, child care services or legal services. The annual report shall also include a financial statement accompanied as provided below by an audit, review, or compilation prepared by an independent certified public accounting firm for the previous closed financial year of the applicant agency; however, if that statement is not through December 31 of the previous year, the applicable financial statement covering the period closing December 31 of the previous year is due within ten (10) days of its receipt by the agency. No information contained in the report shall identify any person served by the shelter or enable any person to determine the identity of any such person.
[Ord. No. 14-059 § 2, 6-30-2014]
1. 
An agency's service report shall be accompanied by an audit if the agency's total revenue during that year exceeded three million dollars ($3,000,000.00).
2. 
An agency's service report shall be accompanied by at least a review if the agency's total revenue during the previous closed financial year exceeded two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) but did not exceed three million dollars ($3,000,000.00).
3. 
An agency's service report shall be accompanied by at least a compilation if the agency's total revenue during the previous closed financial year was two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) or less.
B. 
An agency which misses the March thirty-first (31st) deadline for submission of its agency's report thereby renders itself ineligible for the following year's funding cycle and no funding shall be voted by the Domestic Violence Board for the following budget year with regard to that agency. However, if the agency shows good cause why the agency cannot submit the audited financial statement, the Domestic Violence Board may recommend an award contingent upon the submission of the audit; the funds may be allocated but shall not be disbursed until the audited financial statement is submitted to and approved by the Domestic Violence Board.
C. 
The ineligibility for funds due to failure to submit an annual report shall not be permanent, but in order to be eligible in future funding cycles, the agency shall have sat out at least one (1) twelve (12) month funding cycle for the Domestic Violence Board and shall have filed the missing report with the Domestic Violence Board.
D. 
The Domestic Violence Board shall compile the reports filed pursuant to this Section annually and transmit the compiled report to the County Executive and the County Council.
[Ord. No. 97-98 §14, 7-30-1997]
The Domestic Violence Board shall have the authority to solicit donations and contributions from the community, which funds shall be appropriated in the same manner as those funds collected pursuant to Section 455.200 et seq., RSMo., and this Article.