ACTION SUMMARY
Expanded Budget Committee
October 25, 2002
2:30 p.m.
Board Chambers


Present:  P. Penniman, T. Joseph, M. Robertson, L. McBean, D. Kiefer, D. Winch, M. Koplinka-Loehr, K. Herrera, D. Booth, N. Schuler, F. Proto, B. Blanchard, M. Lane (arrived at 2:36 p.m.), T. Todd, G, Totman (arrived at    2:54 p.m.)

Call to Order

 Mr. Penniman called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.  (13 members present).

 Mr. Lane arrived at 2:36 p.m. (14 members present).

Personnel Costs

 Mr. Proto requested that the questions he raised at a previous meeting in regard to personnel issues be addressed; he understands that some discussions will need to be held in executive session.

1. Longevity bonuses.  Mr. Proto requested these be eliminated for the year 2003.  It was suggested this is an item that needs to be discussed executive session.
2. Reduction of hours for all employees, including Management, Confidential, CSEA White and Blue Collar.
3. Eliminate any unfilled positions at the end of 2002; request departments to submit proposals to fill any of those positions through the process that is currently in place.
4. Discuss the total amount paid for mileage and travel.
5. Change procedure for reclassifications; require program committee approval.
6. Re-establish Health Benefits Committee.

 Discussion followed on the proposal to reduce hours of employees from 40 hours to 35 hours per week which Mr. Proto has calculated to save approximately$500,000.   There was agreement among Board members present that this item be referred to the Budget and Capital Committee for further discussion and examination.

 Mr. Totman arrived at 2:54 p.m.  (15 members present)

 It was MOVED by Mr. Proto, to dissolve any unfilled positions at the end of 2002 and instruct departments to follow the Board process if a position is needed in 2003.  MOTION FAILED DUE TO LACK OF A SECOND.

 It was MOVED by Mr. Proto, seconded by Mr. Todd, to reduce the total Travel and Training allocation in the 2003 budget from $197,000 to $95,000; with an additional stipulation that any department proposing travel needs to go to the appropriate program committee with information and have it voted on by the committee; following the conference staff would be required to come back to the program committee with a report on the conference.   A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 2 (Proto and Todd); Noes - 13.  MOTION FAILED.

DSS - Subcontracts

 It was MOVED by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, seconded by Ms. Blanchard, to reduce the subcontracts line in the DSS budget by $30,000 local share.  A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 9 (Blanchard, Booth, Koplinka-Loehr, Lane, McBean, Penniman, Proto, Todd, Totman); Noes - 6 (Herrera, Joseph, Kiefer, Robertson, Schuler, and Winch).  MOTION CARRIED.

Capital Program - Public Buildings Restoration

 It was MOVED by Ms. Blanchard, seconded by Mr. Winch, to move the first payment for this project to 2005, with a payment of $60,000 for debt service beginning in 2004.  A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 13, Noes - 2 (Kiefer and McBean). MOTION CARRIED.

Aquifer Study

 It was MOVED by Ms. Blanchard, seconded by Mr. Totman, to move this project forward to 2005.  A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 5 (Blanchard, McBean, Todd, Totman, and Winch); Noes - 10.  MOTION FAILED.

Sheriff's Department

 It was MOVED by Ms. Robertson, seconded by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, to reduce the Civil Division budget in the Sheriff's Department by $50,000 with the Sheriff to determine where those funds would come from.   A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 7 (Herrera, Joseph, Kiefer, Koplinka-Loehr, McBean, Penniman, and Robertson); Noes - 8 (Blanchard, Booth, Lane, Proto, Schuler, Todd, Totman, and Winch).  MOTION FAILED.

Tax Rate

 It was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer to put back into the tax rate $1.6 million which is the amount that has been used to fund one-time items that are target expenses.  MOTION FAILED DUE TO LACK OF A SECOND.

Planning Department

 It was MOVED by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, seconded by Ms. Herrera, to reduce the Planning Department's budget by $20,000 for one-time with the Commissioner to determine where those funds would come from.  A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 8 (Booth, Koplinka-Loehr, Lane, McBean, Penniman, Proto, Todd, and Totman); Noes - 7 (Blanchard, Herrera, Joseph, Kiefer, Robertson, Schuler, and Winch). MOTION CARRIED.

Sheriff's Department

 It was MOVED by Mr. Joseph, seconded by Ms. Robertson, to reduce Over Target Request No. 120 - Sheriff/Uniform Division, Maintain Effort - Salaries and Fringe, in the amount of $551,772 to $495,000 (equivalent to the elimination of one Deputy Sheriff).  A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 9 (Booth, Herrera, Joseph, Kiefer, Koplinka-Loehr, McBean, Penniman, Robertson, and Schuler); Noes - 6 (Blanchard, Lane, Proto, Todd, Totman, and Winch).  MOTION CARRIED.

Library

 It was MOVED by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, seconded by Ms. Robertson, to charge the Library $10,000 for building repairs.  It was MOVED by Mr. Proto, seconded by Mr. Winch, to refer this motion to committee until such time when appropriate personnel can be present or the standing program committee has had an opportunity to address this.  A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 5 (Booth, Kiefer, Lane, Proto, and Winch); Noes - 10. MOTION FAILED.   A vote by show of hands on the original motion resulted as follows:  Ayes - 5 (Herrera, Koplinka-Loehr, McBean, Todd, and Totman); Noes - 10.  MOTION FAILED.

Probation Department

 It was MOVED by Mr. Proto, seconded by Mr. Booth, to delete $53,521 from Over Target Request Nos. 52-55 which the Director to determine where those funds would come from.    A vote by show of hands resulted as follows:  Ayes - 7 (Blanchard, Booth, Lane, Proto, Todd, Totman, and Winch); Noes - 8 (Herrera, Joseph, Kiefer, Koplinka-Loehr, McBean, Penniman, Robertson, and Schuler).  MOTION FAILED.

Recess

 Mr. Penniman declared recess from 4:24 to 4:48 p.m.

Adoption of Budget as Recommended by the Expanded Budget Committee

 It was MOVED by Mr. Joseph, seconded by Mr. Booth, to adopt the proposed budget as recommended by the Expanded Budget Committee with an estimated property tax increase of 12.9 percent.    A roll call vote resulted as follows:  Ayes - 8 (Booth, Herrera, Joseph, Koplinka-Loehr, Lane, McBean, Penniman, and Robertson); Noes - 7 (Blanchard, Kiefer, Proto, Schuler, Todd, Totman, and Winch).  MOTION CARRIED.

Adjournment

 The meeting adjourned at 5:06 p.m.

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