A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEPTEMBER 8, 1987
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, September 8, 1987 at 5:05 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; Glenn C. Burhans; Claude E. Smoak, Jr.; James R. Carson, Jr.; and C. A. "Lex" Deems. Others present were: Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; James C. Watkins, Clerk; Michael C. Willett, County Administrator; Katherine A. McDonald, County Administrator's Assistant; Robert L. Wilson, Finance Director: and Linda Springston, Deputy Clerk.
Federal Revenue Sharing
It was noted that the proper proof of publication, as advertised in the Orlando Sentinel, The Lake Sentinel was on hand in the Clerk's Office.
Mr. Robert L. Wilson, Finance Director, discussed with the Board the tentative Federal Revenue Sharing Budget. He stated with carryover funds, the County is proposing to spend $2,696,318.00, which is, basically, in the Law Enforcement area, for Professional Services, and building construction, connected with preliminary plans for the new Jail.
No one present in the audience wished to discuss the tentative Revenue Sharing Budget with the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board approved that the tentative Federal Revenue Sharing Budget be adopted.
Present 1987-88 Revenue, of Balanced-Budget
Mr. Wilson, Finance Director, discussed with the Board the Present 1987-88 Revenue, of the Balanced Budget. He stated that the budget was based on 3.4 mills, Countywide; 1 mill for the Northeast Hospital District, and .188 each, for the Northeast and Northwest Ambulance Districts.
It was noted that $60,014,282.00 should be available for the 1987-88 Budget, and that the County Commissioners, which is one of the tax levying authorities in the County, is maintaining the same tax millage levy that was adopted last year.
No one present in the audience wished to discuss the Present 1987-88 Revenue, of the Balanced Budget, with the Board.
Present 1987-88 Appropriations, of Balanced Budget
Mr. Michael C. Willett, County Administrator, discussed with the Board the Present 1987-88 Appropriations, of the Balanced Budget. He stated that they have increased the manpower in certain critical areas, particularly, Pollution Control and Planning. He stated that they are recommending a new pay plan, which will make Lake County more competitive with the surrounding counties and cities. He also stated that they have put some money into the Public Works Budget; and that the largest increases have been in the Landfill Budget, which consists of, essentially 80 percent for capital improvements, pollution control improvements at the existing Landfill, and the purchase of land for a new Landfill. He informed the Board that only 25 percent of that budget is for operating cost. They have also put aside approximately $3 million for road improvements next year.
No one present in the audience wished to discuss the Present 1987-88 Appropriations, of the Balanced Budget with the Board.
Countywide Millage Rate
Mr. Wilson informed the Board that the Countywide Millage Rate for the 1987-88 budget is 3.40, which is 4.7 percent over the rollback rate.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Countywide Millage Rate of 3.40.
Northeast Hospital and Northeast Ambulance Millage Rate
It was noted that the Northeast Hospial District's Millage Rate is set by Florida Statute, which is 1.00 mill, and there are no deviations.
Mr. Wilson informed the Board that the Northeast Hospital Millage Rate for the 1987-88 budget is .188, which is a reduction of last years millage rate of 1.90 or -1.1 percent. It is an increase over the rollback rate of 1.6.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board approved and adopted the 1.00 mills to support the Northeast Hospital District, and .188 for the Northeast Ambulance District.
Northwest Ambulance Millage Rate
Mr. Wilson informed the Board that the Northwest Ambulance Millage Rate for the 1987-88 budget is . 188, which is 5 percent over the rollback percentage, which is a reduction, of the actual rate, of -1.1 percent.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board approved and adopted the rollback millage rate of .188 mills, for the Northwest Ambulance District.
Final Budget Hearing
Commr. Windram announced that the Final Budget Hearing will be held Tuesday, September 22, 1987, at 5:05 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room.
Dr. June Atkinson, County Health Director, appeared before the Board to discuss the Lake County Health Department budget request. She stated that she had not been informed that the Health Department would receive only a 10 percent increase over last year's budget. She informed the Board that it would cut their budget by $78,000.00; and that the County has received a 33 percent growth in the number of people utilizing the Health Department.
Dr. Atkinson stated that the Health Department requested an increase of $15,000.00 over the previous year's budget, for the 1987-88 total budget of $2.5 million. She informed the Board that the County funds 28 percent of their total budget.
She stated, when she first came to the County 12 years ago, the County funded 34 percent of the total County Public Health Unit Budget. The Health Department receives additional State Revenue which has enabled them to grow with the County to the present; currently they are to the point of being unable to cope with the needs for the services which are being demanded by the citizens of the County.
Mrs. Catherine Aylor, Business Manager for the Lake County Health Department, appeared before the Board to discuss the budget request.
Considerable discussion occurred regarding the growth of the County and the need for the services of the Health Department.
Mrs. Aylor discussed with the Board the current budget request, last year's budget, and the revenue the Health Department receives from the State.
Some discussion occurred regarding the passage of the Indigent Health Care Bill in the Senate.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.
THOMAS J. WINDRAM, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK