BOCC Public Hearing – September 17, 2012

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

The Public Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 17, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Mike Joyner

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the Public Hearing to order at 6:07 PM.

 

Set Millage

 

Sheila Rees stated the millage rate currently adopted is 8.5759, which is the rolled back rate reflecting a 0% increase from the previous year.  The millage rate for fiscal year 2012-2013 can be adopted by approving Resolution 2012-61 at the rate the Board sets.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the proposed millage rate.

 

The following individuals from the audience spoke and requested the Board lower the millage rate:

 

Renate Cannon

Dana Sheffield

Barney Cannon

 

Comm. Stevens then closed the floor to public comments and asked for discussion among the Commissioners.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to set the millage rate for fiscal year 2012-2013 at 8.01.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 7:00 P.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:26 P.M.

 

 

 

Mrs. Rees stated to the Board the adopted millage rate of 8.01 is 6.60% less than the rolled back rate.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-61 approving the millage rate for fiscal year 2012-2013 at 8.0100 for the General Fund which is 6.60% below the rolled back rate.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Adopt Budget for fiscal year 2012-2013

 

Mrs. Rees spoke to the Board stating the tentative budget amount approved was $62,351,856.  With all calculations, including the reduction of the millage rate, the total budget will be $1,116,073 less than the tentative budget amount.  The budget amount, calculated at the new millage rate will be $61,235,783, if adopted.

 

 

Comm. Stevens asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the proposed budget.  There were none.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-62 adopting the budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 at $61,235,783.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:32 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

 

BOCC Budget Workshop – July 31, 2012

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BUDGET WORKSHOP

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 31, 2012

 

 

The Budget Workshop of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 31, 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

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  Sheriff Johnny Smith gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Danny J. Shipp, Clerk to the Board

Sheila Rees, Chief Deputy Clerk & Finance Director

Budget amendments for the General Fund, 911 Fund, and the EMS Fund were presented to the Board by Sheila Rees bringing the total budget amount to $59,366,231.  Mrs. Rees then requested Board approval of Resolution 2012-49. 

 

Comm. Stevens asked if there was anyone in the audience to speak for or against the item presented.  There were none.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the amended budget as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

BUDGET WORKSHOP

 

Mrs. Rees presented the Board with the proposed 2012-2013 budget and requested the Board adopt a millage rate today.  The budget presented is calculated at the current rate of 7.8114.

 

Comm. Joyner asked about the date set for the road dedication for Michael O’Steen.  The road dedication was then scheduled for Thursday, August 9th at 10:00 A.M.

 

 

SOIL & WATER

 

Aaron Lane

Mr. Lanerequested the Board approve the Soil & Water Conservation District budget as presented previously with no additional changes and explained travel will be a factor in expenses for the upcoming year.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF

 

Johnny Smith, Sheriff

Sheriff Smith detailed the cuts which were made to the Sheriff’s budget changing the total from $9,995,000 to $9,450,000 and requested the Board approve his budget as presented. 

 

 

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

 

Connie Asbell, Supervisor of Elections

Mrs. Asbell requested the Board approve her budget with a reduction of $12,500 instead of the proposed $25,000. 

 

 

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, INC.

 

Maggie Labarta spoke to the Board regarding the budget request for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.  She requested the Board approve $61,000, the same as last year rather than the amount proposed by the Board of $50,000. 

 

 

NSP3 PROGRAM

 

Shenley Neely

Jeannie Russell, Planning Manager

Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Department of EconomicOpportunity

 

Ms. Russell spoke to the Board  and suggested they amend the contract with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to turn over in a sub-recipient contract the 10 state funded housing projects which the county has not been able to complete (5 for resale and 5 for rental) to the Housing Authority Program.  If half of the funding for this project has not been expended by March, 2013, the money would have to be turned back over to the State.  Transferring management to the Housing Authority will keep the money for these projects inLevyCounty. 

Bob Williams of the Levy County Housing Authority spoke and informed the Board they would be willing to take over management of these 10 housing projects.

 

The Board agreed by consensus to move forward and work out the details and requirements of turning over management of this project to the Housing Authority.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY JAIL

 

Major Michael Sheffield reported there were four (4) vendors which had responded to the RFP for the Inmate Visitation System and requested the Board schedule a date for interviews.

 

The Board agreed to schedule interviews with each of the vendors on August 7th beginning at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

CLERK OF COURT

 

Danny J. Shipp, Clerk of Court

Mr. Shipp stated he is able to work with his reduced budget which is $607,024.

 

 

AG. EXTENSION OFFICE

 

Mr. Fuller spoke to the Board regarding his budget concerning the line item for Commissions, Fees and Other Costs.

 

 

LIBRARY

 

Ms. Brasher spoke to the Board regarding her budget and changing one part-time employee to full-time.

 

 

 

The meeting recessed at 11:20 A.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 11:36 A.M.

 

In response to reactions to budget reductions for the following Departments, the Commissioners proposed the following amounts be added back to each department’s budget:

 

            Extension – County Agent         $3,000

            Library                                              0

            Sheriff                                               0

            Meridian                                            0, leaving the total amount budgeted at $50,000

            Supervisor of Elections $5,000, for a total budget reduction of $20,000

 

The following upcoming meeting dates were stated by Mr. Moody for the Board:

 

            Tentative Budget Hearing          September 6th at 6:00 P.M.

            Adopt Annual Resolutions         September 11th at 6:30 P.M.

            Final Budget Hearing                September 17th at 6:00 P.M.

The Board agreed to have another Budget Workshop on August 7th after the Regular Board Meeting at 1:00 P.M.

 

 

Set Tentative Millage

FY 2012-2013

 

Mrs. Rees stated for the Board the current budget is calculated at the millage rate of 7.8114.  Including all reductions made to the budget so far, the General Fund Reserve balance is $2.1 million.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to set the tentative millage at the rolled back rate of 8.5759.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:13 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

                                                                                                           LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

 

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

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

BOCC Budget Meeting – July 12, 2010

BUDGET HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 12, 2010

 

 

The Budget Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 12, 2010, at 10:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairperson Nancy Bell

Vice Chairperson Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Lilly Rooks

            Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator– Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairperson Bell called the meeting to order at 10:02 AM.  Comm. Bell gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

Danny J. Shipp, Clerk to the Board

Presentation of Tentative Budget FY 2010-11

Mr. Shipp stated more spending continues than what is in revenues and the budget revenues are dropping and then asks Mrs. Rees to give the numbers.

Mrs. Rees stated a budget had to be presented within 15 days, however, a millage rate does not have to be set for 35 days, making the deadline August 4th.  Each fund is balanced with the exception of the General Revenue Fund, Library Fund and the Fire Departments.  In each of these funds, the expenditures exceed the revenues.

The shortfalls for each fund are as follows:

 

General Revenue          $  47,013

Library                         $  34,187

Fire                              $173,176

 

Comm. Bell stated the tentative budget amount is $57,390,433 and the taxable value is less this year by 5.5% in the amount of $13,886,900.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

 

Johnny Smith,LevyCountySheriff

Sheriff Smith presented his budget to the board with a request for an increase of $265,000, a 2.33% increase from last year to give a 3% pay increase.

Comm. Bell asks for Sheriff Smith to reconsider the increase and consider a one time cost of living adjustment for employees instead.  She asks Sheriff Smith to take another look at his budget and bring back adjusted figures to the next workshop.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, EZDA

 

Pat O’Neil,NatureCoastDevelopment Authority, EZDA

Mr. O’Neil submitted a budget request for $3,000 in addition to the amount requested last year for the agreement with the Town ofBronsonoffice spacing.

Comm. Bell asks Mr. O’Neil to re-examine his budget and try to cut the amount.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Barbara Locke,LevyCountyHealth Dept

Mrs. Locke states their budget request is the same as last year with no pay increases for the amount of $150,000.

 

 

LARC

 

Betty Walker, LARC

Ms. Walker submitted a budget request for $25,000 in addition to the budget amount requested last year.  After discussion, Comm. Stevens asked LARC to be placed on the next meeting agenda for funding assistance.

 

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

 

Robert Wilford, Central Florida Community Action Agency

Mr. Wilford submitted a budget request for $5,000, the same amount as last year.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER

 

Oz Barker, Property Appraiser

Mr. Barker submitted a budget in the amount of $1,102,559, which is a 5.51% decrease from last year and does not include any raises.  Mr. Barker stated if money is granted for another department to give raises, he would come back to the Board for an increase for his employees to also to have a raise.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

 

Connie Asbell, Supervisor of Elections

Mrs. Asbell submitted the same budget amount as approved last year with no salary increases.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR

 

Mrs. Rees stated for Mrs. Fugate the Tax Collector budget is an estimate of what is charged by statute to collect the taxes and she has not yet submitted her budget to DOR as it is not required until August.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY CLERK OF COURT

 

Danny J. Ship, Clerk of Court

Mr. Shipp submitted his budget with a $30,000 increase in his budget due to the reduction in revenues from recording, the increase in insurance and retirement as well as a 3% increase.

Comm. Bell asked for Mr. Shipp to consider a cost of living adjustment for his employees, rather than a salary increase and would like to see a budget decrease.

Mr. Shipp stated his State budget for the court side may decrease in the 4th quarter by about $200,000.

 

 

Desiree Painter,LevyCountyTransit

 

 

FIRE ADVISORY BOARD

 

Joe Rinaudo, Assistant Fire Chief, Morriston Fire Dept.

Mr. Rinaudo speaking on behalf of Lamar Stegall submitted a budget request in the amount of $1,389,524, which includes a 3% pay increase.

Chief Ronnie McQueen, Fanning Springs explained to the Board the need for additional funds.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 11:21 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 11:41 P.M.

 

Budgets were presented for the following departments with no significant increases other than for Retirement and Insurance:

 

County Administrator                Soil and Conservation

Human Resources                                 Parks and Recreation

County Attorney                                   Guardian ad Litem

County Maintenance                             Mosquito Control

Building & zoning                                  Road Department

Animal Control                         Landfill

Planning Department                             EMS

County Agent                                       Library

Emergency Management                       SHIP

 

Mrs. Rees states the tentative millage rate deadline is August 4th.

Mr. Moody gave the following upcoming meeting dates for the Board:

 

August 3rd at 6:30 P.M./GSG Preliminary Rate Resolution for MSBU’s

September 7th at 6:30 P.M./GSG Final Rate Resolution for MSBU’s

September 9th at 6:30 P.M./Tentative Hearing

September 20th  at 6:30 P.M./Final Hearing

September 30th

Set millage at next regular meeting date July 20

 

The Board agreed to hold a Budget Workshop after the regular Board meeting on July 20th at 1:30 P.M. and asked for all who will be submitting a reduced budget to send in a tentative budget to Mrs. Rees no later than Thursday before the meeting date.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE WORKSHOP ADJOURNED AT 1:05 P.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairperson, Nancy Bell

BOCC Budget Meeting – July 11, 2011

BUDGET WORKSHOP

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 11, 2011

 

 

The Budget Workshop of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm. Chad Johnson

Comm. Marsha Drew

            Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown

County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Assistant to the County Coordinator – Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:01 A.M.

 

Mrs. Rees reported to the Board the amounts provided to them were the same as before with the exception of a couple of line item changes.  The amounts included the estimated transfers from General Revenue into EMS, Fire, Technology and the Water Department’s budget was reduced as requested by Mr. Tummond.  The difference of $4,168,991 is a reflection of Revenues to Expenditures.  The estimated cash forward amount is $2,750,000, which means $1,418,991 is needed to balance the General Fund budget.  The amounts are calculated using the current millage rate of 7.4212 and the rolled back rate is 8.0614.  Mrs. Rees stated 1 mill is equal to $1,731,342.

 

PROPERTY APPRAISER – Mr. Barker stated he has cut his budget by 14.6%.

 

CLERK OF COURT – Ann Moody presented the budget for the Clerk of Court and stated it had been reduced by almost 6%.

 

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT – Sheriff Smith stated the original budget submitted was $10,831,058.  The budget was then reduced by $375,998 to bring it to a total of $10,455,060 for a 3.5% reduction.

It was requested of Sheriff Smith to reduce his budget by an additional 4%.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Rick Bloom asked the Board for approval to proceed with application for the Fire Act Grant.  The Commissioners stated Mr. Bloom could proceed with application for the Grant as soon as it becomes available.

 

Mr. Moody spoke regarding Nature Coast Business Development/EZDA.

 

Budgets were presented by Directors of the following departments:

 

Animal Control – David Weatherford

Construction/Maintenance – Jimmy Jones

University Oaks/Manatee Water – Jimmy Jones and Dick Tummond

Building & Zoning – Rob Corbitt

Parks & Recreation/Mosquito Control – Matt Weldon

EMS – Paige Holt

Attorney – Anne Bast Brown

Planning – Shenley Neely

Veterans Services – Robert Lowyns

Road Department – Bruce Greenlee

Tourist Development – Carol McQueen

 

The Commissioners discussed:

Recreation Fund amounts allotted for each Commissioner.

Reducing funding for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare.

Funding for LARC and the Community Action Agency.

Possibility of eliminating funding to Nature Coast Business Development for the Director position until this position is filled.

 

Mrs. Rees asked the Commissioners to set the next budget hearing dates.  She suggested the tentative budget be set on September 8th at 6:30 P.M. and to set the final budget on September 19th.

The tentative millage has to be set by August 4th.  The Commissioners agreed to set the tentative millage at the regular Board Meeting on August 2nd.

 

The Commissioners asked for any changes to their budget be submitted to the Board office by this Thursday no later than 4:30 P.M.

 

The next budget workshop was set for July 19th at 5:00 P.M. or shortly thereafter.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE BUDGET WORKSHOP ADJOURNED AT 11:24 A.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

 

BOCC Budget Meeting – June 27, 2011

BUDGET MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JUNE 27, 2011

 

 

The Budget Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on June 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Marsha Drew

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator–Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.

 

 

CLERK OF COURT

 

Danny Shipp presented the budget for the Clerk’s Office stating it has no changes from last year.  He stated there is no adjustment for the 3% Retirement contribution to be made by employees, but this could change after the Board determines how this should be dealt with in regard to the rest of the Board’s budget.  The total budget amount is $795,000.  To date, $420,000 has been spent.  Mr. Shipp stated recordings are low, resulting in lower revenues coming in to his office.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if all other departments submitted the same budget as last year.  All agreed they had done so.

 

Comm. Drew stated overall revenues are down 7.5% from last year.

 

 

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

 

Evan Sullivan stated the budget requested by the Sheriff’s Department is $10,804,058.

 

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

 

Connie Asbell stated she had submitted the same budget as last year for approval.  There is no adjustment for the 3% Retirement amount.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR

 

Linda Fugate stated the 3% Retirement amount has been accounted for with her office.  This is a fee office and does not budget through the Board.  Mrs. Fugate stated the Williston office may be relocated to a different facility soon as the City has plans for the building they currently occupy.  The City ofWillistonis working with them to locate a different facility, possibly rent-free.  There will be one employee retiring this year and she will be rehiring, but at a lower salary.

 

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

 

Dick Tummond gave report of the Central Florida Community Action Agency stating the year from March 2010 to March 2011, they have expended $446,943.30 in low-income household energy assistance.

This helped between 275 to 300 households in the County.  Also through the weatherization program, by February, 2012, the Agency will have expended $1,339,153.14.  The budget amount requested is $4,750.

 

Dick Tummond gave report on water systems and stated there is a meeting this afternoon at 1:30 PM.

 

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Barbara Locke stated the Health Department budget request is the same amount as last year of $150,000.

 

 

FIRE

 

Rick Bloom stated the Fire Department is asking for same amount as last year.

 

 

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE

 

Dr. Margarita Labarta stated Meridian Behavioral Healthcare is requesting the same amount as last year of $67,800.  There were 30,000 people served last year byMeridian.

 

 

LARC

 

Sheila Rees stated LARC had requested the same budget amount as last year.

 

 

EZDA

 

Sheila Rees stated the same budget amount had been requested as last year.

 

 

ANIMAL CONTROL

 

David Weatherford stated the Animal Control Department’s budget request is the same amount as last year of $230,894, taking the 3% Retirement amount into account.

 

 

MAINTENANCE

 

Jimmy Jones stated his budget request reflects the 3% reduction due to Retirement.  There will be one employee retiring the end of July.

 

 

BUILDING & ZONING

 

Rob Corbitt stated his budget reflects the 3% Retirement amount.  They have one less employee as one has transferred to the Board office.

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Mark Johnson stated his budget request is the same as last year of $106,440.  Any reduction of this budget request would mean a reduction of their State match funding.

 

 

EMS

 

Trish Seibold stated the budget forEMScould be changed according to the salary for the new Director.

LANDFILL

 

Benny Jerrels stated the Landfill budget request is less than last year due to the closing of one Class III cell and the 3% Retirement amount has been accounted for.

 

 

ATTORNEY

 

Atty. Brown stated her budget will be reduced due to the rent they will soon not be paying and the 3% Retirement amount has been accounted for.  Depending on current litigation, expenses could be included in the current budget, if not, this line item may need to be increased.

 

 

LIBRARY

 

Lisa Brasher gave a presentation to the Board and stated the funding from the Board determines State Aid given to the Library.

 

 

PARKS & RECREATION

 

Matt Weldon stated the Parks and Recreation budget has been reduced and one employee has been transferred from Devil’s Hammock back to the Road Department.  He reported attendance at the parks has been up, generating additional revenue.

 

 

MOSQUITO CONTROL

 

Matt Weldon stated this budget can be reduced by $4,000 due to money received from the State recently.  Weather will be a determining factor between now and the end of the year as far as funding needed to spray for mosquitos.

 

 

PLANNING

 

Shenley Neely stated an adjustment to her budget in Salaries was made due to a position moving to the Landfill.  Also, her rent expense will go away as her office is relocating with the Attorney’s office do a different office.

Ms. Neely stated she has equipment for GIS mapping and would like to take some instruction classes.  This system will generate revenue.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee stated the budget request for the Road Department is $330,000 less than last year.

 

 

VETERANS AFFAIRS

 

Robert Lowyns stated he will let the department vehicle go as it is not necessary.

 

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

 

Carol McQueen presented her budget to the Board, also noting the Tourist Development Department was not funded by General Revenue, but rather by Tourist Development taxes.

 

 

 

 

 

EXTENSION AGENT

 

Albert Fuller stated he will be asking for a $7,000 increase in his budget to replace the conference room floor at the Ag. Center.

 

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Mr. Moody stated there will be a change in personnel cost for the Board office as there had been a long-term employee leave and an employee was transferred to their office from Building and Zoning.

 

 

REVENUES & EXPENDITURES PRESENTATION

 

Sheila Rees explained the information provided to the Board shows the Revenues and Expenditures, for the General Revenue Fund,EMS, Fire, Technology and Water Department.  Currently, there is a $2.5 million deficit between Revenue and Expenditures in the General Revenue Fund.  There is roughly a $3 million deficit overall for the budget.  Discussion followed with the Commissioners and Mrs. Rees of what could be done to balance the budget.

 

The next Budget Meeting will be July 5th at 1:00 PM, after the Regular Meeting.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:33 A.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

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