A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
July 28, 1982
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Wednesday, July 28, 1982, at 2:00 P.M. in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present were: James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman; Thomas J. Windram; Claude E. Smoak, Jr.; C. A. "Lex" Deems; and Glenn C. Burhans. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk; Donald Smalt, Administrative Services Director; Robert Wilson, Finance Director; William LeHeup, Senior Clerk; and Cathy Roy, Secretary.
Commr. Carson reported that the estimated sales tax monies coming into Lake County in the upcoming fiscal year was $1,534,810 with a balance of $798,101 after a deduction of 40% for tax relief.
Commr. Carson proposed that $600,000 of the sales tax money be designated for the Sheriff's Department and the balance of sales tax monies be designated to the C.O.R. Building Fund to construct a correctional facility. Commr. Carson further stated he would propose that the Board consider a transfer of $l,OOO,OOO from Federal Revenue Sharing funds to the C.O.R. Building fund to construct a correctional facility. Commr. Carson stated the proposal to transfer from Federal Revenue Sharing would be for one year only. Commr. Carson proposed that the Board study the possibility of local lending institutions individually or through a consortion, finance on a short-term basis the remaining funds required to construct a correctional facility. Commr. Carson further proposed that the Board commit $l,OOO,OOO per year from the expected sales tax revenue to pay the balance of the debt incurred in the construction of a correctional facility.
Discussion occurred regarding whether or not committing future sales tax dollars would require increasing taxes in the future because of the tax relief mandated by the State in the 1982-83 fiscal year.
Discussion occurred regarding the methods of financing a correctional facility and the use of the Federal Revenue Sharing Funds.
It was noted that the actions taken at this meeting were tentative and alternate proposals could be considered at a later date.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved a transfer of $l,OOO,OOO from Federal Revenue Sharing Funds to the C.O.R. Fund for the correctional facility.
Discussion occurred regarding the requested budget for the Sheriff's Department for 1982-83 Fiscal Year. Commr. Carson stated that the recap supplied to the Commissioners showed the 1981-82 fiscal year Sheriff's Department budget and the requests as submitted by Sheriff Griffin for the 1982-83 fiscal year. The Chairman proposed that the Sheriff's Department be allocated the remaining $600,000.00 from the estimated sales tax monies after the $200,000.00 allocation to a proposed correctional facility. The Chairman proposed that Sheriff Griffin be notified that an additional $600,000.00 would be tentatively allocated to the Sheriff's Department 1982-83 budget request and requested that the Sheriff revise his budget request based on the new figures into the five statutory accounts to be resubmitted to the Board for final consideration.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively adopted a 2.732 millage rate for the 1982-83 fiscal year.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved a 1 mil rate for the Northeast Hospital District for the 1982-83 fiscal year.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively adopted a millage rate of .0333 for the Northeast Ambulance District.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively adopted a .0421 millage rate for the Northwest Ambulance District.
Discussion occurred regarding salaries for the upcoming fiscal year. The tentatively adopted millage included a 7 l/2% increase for salaries. Commr. Carson informed the Board that the 7 l/2% total allocation included all deductions and benefits and would be distributed as a $300 per year across the board increase for each employee with the remainder to be used for merit increases. It was noted that this did not apply to department directors and this item would be brought to the Board separately. It was noted that the funding request for a County Probation Office was included in the tentatively adopted millage of 2.732.
Discussion occurred regarding the Property Appraisal Adjust- ent Board and the Board was informed that September 20, 1982, would be the earliest possible date. The Board was also informed that should the Property Appraisal Adjustment Board adjust appraisals resulting in a 3% or higher decrease in property tax revenues, an increase in the millage rate might be required by the Board of County Commissioners.
There being no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:40 P.M..
JAMES R. CARSON, JR., CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK