BOCC Budget Workshop – July 12, 2012

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BUDGET WORKSHOP

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 12, 2012

 

 

The Budget Workshop of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Mike Joyner

 

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

 

 

Comm. Stevens called the workshop to order at 9:00 A.M.

 

 

DANNY J. SHIPP, CLERK TO THE BOARD

 

Presentation of Budget Overview FY 2012-13

 

Mrs. Rees presented opening statements concerning the General Fund on behalf of the Clerk of Court.  The current millage rate of 7.8114 was used to balance the General Fund.  The current rolled-back rate is 8.5759 and would generate $1.2 million more than what is calculated in the budget at this time.  There is a $2.3 million deficit between current expenditures and revenues.  Currently, there is $1.1 million in reserve, but this does not include transfers which will need to be done to balance theEMSand Fire budgets.

 

 

AGRICULTURE EXTENSION OFFICE – COUNTY AGENT

 

Albert Fuller, Director

 

Mr. Fuller stated his budget request is the same as last year with two exceptions:

1.  Requesting to replace an existing 1996 Chevy Astro mini-van for the Family Consumer Science     Program.

            2.  Replace carpeting in auditorium with tile

 

 

MOSQUITO CONTROL/PARKS & RECREATION

 

Matt Weldon, Director

 

Mr. Weldon stated his budget request is the same as last year.  Heavy rains after the long drought have increased the need and expense of mosquito spraying.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

 

Sheriff Johnny Smith

 

Sheriff Smith stated the Sheriff’s Department budget request is the same as last year.

 

 

 

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

 

Connie Asbell, Supervisor of Elections

 

Comm. Stevens spoke on behalf of Mrs. Asbell who was unable to attend the Budget Workshop stating her budget request was the same as last year.

 

 

TAX COLLECTOR

 

Linda Fugate, Tax Collector

 

Comm. Stevens stated Mrs. Fugate’s budget is approved by the Department of Revenue inTallahasseeand is fee based.  Her budget request will come in August.

 

 

CLERK OF COURT

 

Danny Shipp, Clerk of Court

 

Mr. Shipp stated his budget shows an increase due to the second IT person hired, but this salary comes from different funds as the person provides IT assistance to numerous BOCC departments.  The Clerk’s office is also a fee office and the Recording numbers have been down resulting in a need for additional funding from the Board.

 

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Mrs. Locke stated the budget request for the Health Department is the same as last year, $150,000.

 

 

ANIMAL SERVICES

 

David Weatherford, Director

 

Mr. Weatherford stated his budget was increased for this year as there is a need for a new truck.  He stated $25,000 has been budgeted for this item.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION / MAINTENANCE / WATER

 

Jimmy Jones, Director

 

Mr. Jones stated his budget request is increased from last year for the Construction/Maintenance Department.

Mr. Jones stated there are some increases in the Water Department budget.

 

 

LIBRARY

 

Lisa Brasher, Director

 

Ms. Brasher stated her budget request is increased by $8,347 to cover the salary of a part-time employee going to full-time and for IT usage.

 

 

VETERANS’ SERVICE

 

Robert Lowyns, Director

 

Mr. Lowyns stated his budget request is the same as last year.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Superintendent

 

Mr. Greenlee stated the budget request for the Road Department is about $650,000 less than last year.  The Road Department is in need of hiring a couple of new employees for the construction side.

 

 

Mr. Moody requested dates for future budget meeting dates. 

The date of Tuesday, July 31st at 9:00 A.M. was decided for the next Budget Meeting. 

A tentative Budget Hearing was scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at 6:00 P.M. 

Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 P.M. will be the date for Public Hearing for final adoption of the Assessments.   The date of September 17th at 6:00 P.M. will be the Final Budget Hearing.

 

 

LEGAL

 

Anne Bast Brown,CountyAttorney

 

Mrs. Brown stated the budget request for Legal was $1,000 less than last year.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

 

Mr. Knowles informed the Board of the closing with Fowlers Bluff Fire Department this morning.

Mr. Knowles stated there were some line item increases for the upcoming budget year forEMSfor fuel expense and repair/maintenance. 

Updated information on the Fire Department portion of his budget was given to the Board.

 

Mrs. Rees stated the Board theEMSbudget as presented is short by $505,602 based on the actual buy-down on the Special Assessments which have to be funded.  Presently, the Fire budget is short by $1,424,297.  Options to balance these budgets would be to transfer from the General fund, which does not have this much in it, raise Assessments or cut the budget.

 

Mrs. Rees then asked for direction from the Board on balancing the General Fund and if they wanted to discuss each department further as she will need to present them a proposed budget on July 31. 

 

After discussion, the Board agreed to examine each Department in the General Fund budget in greater detail.

 

The meeting recessed at 12:08 P.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 1:36 P.M.

 

The Commissioners discussed each line item expense for every Department, making reductions in each budget, reducing the total budget by $2,019,791.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:18 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

                                                                                                           LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

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Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairman, Danny Stevens