A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JUNE 21, 1984
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in Special Session for a budget workshop on Thursday, June 21, 1984, at 9:00 a .m . in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; C. A. "Lex" Deems; and Claude E. Smoak. Others present were: Michael C. Willett, County Administrator; Kathy McDonald, Assistant to the Public Works Director; Robert L. Wilson, Finance Director; Bill LeHeup, Senior Clerk; and Toni M. Austin, Secretary.
Commr. Windram was absent from the meeting.
Robert L. Wilson, Finance Director, presented an overall review of Revenue and the Tentative Budget. Mr. Wilson stated that the estimated ad valorem property base was two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) and the millage rate was 3.272. He further stated that the official State estimates would not be available until July. Mr. Wilson stated that an expected two million dollars would be carried over into the 1984-85 budget.
Commr. Carson informed the Board that changes in fees for landfill uses, which would increase the income some $55,000, was not included in the balanced budget.
Michael Willett, County Administrator, stated that the budget would reflect an 18% overall increase in expenditures.
Mr. Willett presented an overview of each expenditure by department and directed the Board's attention to all increases.
Discussion occurred regarding the structure of the Economic Development Council and the possibility of having matching funds.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried unanimously, the Board approved the budget request of the Economic Development Council in the amount of $48,300, subject to a contractual arrangement and negotiations for the use of the funds.
The Board directed Commr. Carson to discuss and negotiate with the Council on what they would be willing to do with the money funded by the County and report back to the Board.
Discussion occurred regarding the Animal Control budget. Mr. Willett stated that there would be an increase in the approximate amount of $26,000 due to the Governor signing a Bill for the injection of sodium Phenobarbital which would constitute the hiring of an additional employee to train and inject the drug.
Mr. Willett stated that the total budget shows an increase of seventeen employees, ten within the Sheriff's Department.
Commr. Smoak discussed the possibility of consolidating Soil Conservation, Mosquito Control and Aquatic Weed to work directly under the Board of County Commissioners and which could possibly save 25-30% of the funding. Discussion also occurred regarding the inclusion of the Agriculture Center and Pollution Control.
Mr. Willett discussed the 5% increase in salaries and wages and all related benefits with a total effect being $249,000. He recommended that the Board setup a 7% increase in all employees salaries and wages, putting 2% in a Special Reserve Account, until the County can reclassify all the positions and perform a job analysis. It was noted that all calculations were made on 5%. Mr. Willett recommended that the Public Works budget should be the last one reviewed because the estimates need to be reevaluated because of the approval of several permits with St. Johns River Mangement in July and the optional gas tax.
Lonnie Strickland, Director of Health and Human Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the tentative budgets for his following departments.
Fairgrounds Veteran's Services
Sunrise Workshop Section 8
Welfare - Administration Welfare - Services
Health Department Animal Control
Senior Citizens Services
The Board directed Mr. Wilson to transfer the Sunrise Workshop's proposed budget from Community Services Trust Account to Welfare - Services in the amount $7,500.
Mr. Strickland discussed the tentative budget of the Health Department. He stated that $304,950 was the cash amount that goes to the State Treasurer and the balance is fees collected from the Health Department.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board approved $304,950 as the tentative budget for the Health Department.
Commr. Smoak was not present for the vote.
Mr. Strickland recommended that the tentative budget for Senior Citizens Services remain $14,207 due to administrative fees for sponsoring agencies.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the tentative budget for Senior Citizens Services in the amount of $14,207.
Mr. Strickland informed the Board that Jerry McDowell, member of the Health Care Cost Committee, has been out of town for some time and recommended that an alternate be appointed to the Committee.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board, upon the recommendation of Mr. Strickland, appointed Gail T. Vorachek to the Health Care Cost Committee.
Mr. Phil Yoder, Director of Mosquito Control/Aquatic Weed, appeared before the Board to discuss the tentative budgets for his following department:
Mosquito Control - Local Mosquito Control - State I
Mosquito Control - State II Aquatic Weed Control
At this time the Board commended Mr. Yoder for his and his staff's accomplishments and mannerly ways with the public.
Discussion occurred regarding the scheduling of constitutional officers at the next budget workshop. At this time the Board scheduled the Sheriff at 9:00 a.m. on June 26, 1984, and Soil Conservation and Lake County Family Planning Center to follow.
There being no further business to be brought to the
attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.
Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman
James C. Watkins, Clerk