Expanded Budget Committee
September 18, 2006
Present: 13: M. Koplinka-Loehr, K. Herrera, T. Joseph, L. McBean-Clairborne, M. Robertson, J. Dennis, D. Kiefer, P. Mackesey, M. Sigler, F. Proto (arrived at 3:03 p.m.); N. Shinagawa (arrived at 3:14 p.m.); M. Hattery (arrived at 3:15 p.m.); R. Booth (arrived at 3:29 p.m.)
Excused: 2: (Legislators Randall and Stevenson)
Called to Order
Mr. Koplinka-Loehr called the meeting to order at 3:01 p.m.
Department of Probation and Community Justice
Kathryn Leinthall, Director of Probation and Community Justice, presented information and answered questions concerning the 2007 Department of Probation and Community Justice budget submission.
Mr. Shinagawa arrived at 3:13 p.m. (11 members present).
Mr. Hattery arrived at 3:14 p.m. (12 members present).
Peter Meskill, Sheriff, presented information and answered questions concerning the 2007 Sheriff’s Office budget submission.
Mr. Booth arrived at 3:29 p.m. (13 members present).
Assigned Counsel Program
Robert Stolp, Supervising Attorney, and Julia Hughes, Program Coordinator, presented information and answered questions concerning the 2007 Assigned Counsel budget submission.
Gwen Wilkinson, District Attorney, presented information and answered questions concerning the 2007 District Attorney budget submission.
Department of Emergency Response
Lee Shurtleff, Director of Emergency Response, presented information and answered questions concerning the 2007 Department of Emergency Response budget submission.
Mr. Koplinka-Loehr declared recess from 4:37 p.m. to 4:52 p.m.
Community Budget Forum
Information on the Community Budget Forum scheduled for September 21, 2006 was distributed.
Correction Announced to Library Budget
Ms. Jayne announced the amount of $15,000 was inadvertently carried over to all Over Target Requests for the Public Library and is only applicable to OTR No. 34.
Department of Information Technology Services (ITS)
Greg Potter, Director of ITS, presented information and answered questions concerning the 2007 Information Technology Services Department budget submission.
Julia Mattick, Director of Workforce Development, returned to respond to questions and information requested on September 6, 2006. Ms. Robertson requested the following additional information:
Organizational chart that currently exists and how it would look under the new proposal;
The number of how many were served, and how many of them obtained employment;
Who were the top 5 employers who utilized the One Stop Center?
Department of Human Rights
Shawn Martel-Moore, Director of Human Rights, presented information and answered questions concerning the 2007 Department of Human Rights budget submission.
Ken Schlather, Executive Director of Cooperative Extension, presented information and answered questions concerning Cooperative Extension’s budget.
The Legislature reviewed the proposed Contingent Fund contained in the Tentative Budget. Ms. Robertson requested that OTR No. 6 – Jail Boardouts ($500,000) and Energy ($160,000) be separated.
The Legislature reviewed the proposed General Fund contained in the Tentative Budget.
The Legislature reviewed Unallocated Revenues. A request was made that OTR No. 8 – Transfer Tax, will need to be made at a future meeting.
Discussion followed concerning process and Mr. Koplinka-Loehr requested Legislators submit items or topics they wish to discuss further. Mr. Proto asked what constitutes low traffic on County roads and how this inter-relates with the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) bicycle trails.
The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Michelle Pottorff, TC Legislature Office