ACTION SUMMARY
Expanded Budget and Quality Planning Committee
September 30, 1999
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Board Chambers


Present: 15 Representatives (Representatives Proto, Stein, Kiefer, and Koplinka-Loehr arrived at 5:03 p.m.).
 
 

Mr. Joseph called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

Quorum: Mr. Joseph clarified that quorum constitutes a majority of Board Members present.

The Committee began the 2000 budget review process by reviewing the document entitled Budget Committee - Review of 2000 budget dated September 29, 1999. This document included:

General Revenue Summary

Summary of Unallocated Revenues

Contingent Fund Summary

General Fund Balance

Summary of Rollover Funds

Non-Target Funding Summary (Multi-Year)

2000 Capital and Debt Scenario

Over-Target Summary

The Board received a list of membership dues and a copy of the proposed contract summary was placed on file in the Board Office for review.

Summary of Unallocated Revenues

It was MOVED by Mr. Penniman, seconded by Mr. Proto, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to accept the 2000 recommended sales tax amount at $19,700,000. MOTION CARRIED.

It was made clear that all items in the proposed budget may be revisited.

It was MOVED by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, seconded by Mr. Penniman, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to accept the 2000 recommended unclassified revenue amount of $600,000 (fringe pool). MOTION CARRIED.

It was MOVED by Mr. Mink, seconded by Mr. Proto, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to accept the remaining 2000 recommended amounts in the Summary of Unallocated Revenues as presented. MOTION CARRIED.

Contingent Fund

Mr. Joseph reviewed the 1998-2000 Contingent Fund amounts. Mr. Squires noted that $106,000 remains in the 1999 Contingent Fund. Mr. Joseph also reminded the Board that historically the Contingent Fund has been overspent.

It was MOVED by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, seconded by Ms. Mink, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to approve $350,000 as the recommended 2000 Contingent Fund. MOTION CARRIED.
 
 

Mandate Fund

It was MOVED by Mr. Proto, seconded by Mr. Evans, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to approve $100,000 as the recommended 2000 Mandate Fund. MOTION CARRIED.

Capital Program

The Board agreed to discuss the Capital Program at the October 8, 1999 meeting.

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

It was MOVED by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, seconded by Ms. Davis, to approve the Committee's recommendation of $398,351.

Human Rights

It was MOVED by Ms. Blanchard, seconded by Mr. Proto, to approve $13,101 for a receptionist position as a one-time expense instead of a target increase. A show of hands vote resulted as follows: Ayes - 6 (Blanchard, Evans, Lane, Proto, Todd, and Totman); Noes - 9 (Davis, Joseph, Kiefer, Koplinka-Loehr, Penniman, Mink, Schuler, Stein, and Winch). MOTION FAILED.

Board of Representatives

It was MOVED by Ms. Blanchard, seconded by Mr. Proto, to add $1,658 for NACO (National Association of Counties) membership dues. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 9 (Blanchard, Evans, Joseph, Kiefer, Lane, Proto, Schuler, Stein, and Winch); Noes - 6 (Davis, Koplinka-Loehr, Mink, Penniman, Todd, and Totman). MOTION CARRIED.

Mr. Erb was asked to look into Chamber of Commerce membership and whether or not a government may become a member.

Mr. Stein asked Mr. Erb to look into why the Office for the Aging is paying membership dues to the Ithaca Journal.

Mr. Penniman was excused at 6:20 p.m. 14 Representatives present.

County Administration - Public Information

It was MOVED by Ms. Blanchard, seconded by Mr. Proto, to change the $7,500 target request for equipment to two years only.

It was MOVED by Ms. Mink, seconded by Mrs. Schuler, to call the question. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 11; Noes - 3 ( Joseph, Todd, and Winch); Excused - 1 (Penniman). MOTION CARRIED.

A vote by show of hands on the motion resulted as follows: Ayes - 5 (Blanchard, Koplinka-Loehr, Proto, Stein, and Todd); Noes - 9 (Davis, Evans, Joseph, Kiefer, Lane, Mink, Schuler, Totman, and Winch); Excused - 1 (Penniman). MOTION FAILED.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Assessment

Mr. Joseph questioned the proposed staffing increase for 2000 and asked Mr. Whicher to provide the information that was presented to the Government Operations Committee. Mr. Whicher agreed to do so.

Board of Elections

It was MOVED by Ms. Davis, seconded by Mrs. Schuler, to add $10,000 as a one-time expense to be used towards the purchase of an optical scanner.

Mr. Erb suggested the possibility of leasing this equipment. Ms. Cree commented that equipment must be approved by the New York State Board of Elections. Mr. Winch requested this be looked into further.

It was MOVED by Mr. Winch, seconded by Mr. Proto, to TABLE this motion until more information is received. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 10; Noes - 4 (Davis, Evans, Lane, and Schuler); Excused - 1 (Penniman). MOTION TO TABLE CARRIED.

County Attorney

It was MOVED by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, seconded by Mr. Proto, to restore $21,133 in Solid Waste revenue until Administration and the Board has an opportunity to look at the delivery of services between County departments and how those services are being charged and paid for. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 8; (Davis, Evans, Joseph, Koplinka-Loehr, Mink, Proto, Totman, and Winch); Noes - 6 (Blanchard, Kiefer, Lane, Schuler, Stein, and Todd); Excused - 1 (Penniman). MOTION CARRIED.

Personnel

It was MOVED by Mr. Evans, seconded by Ms. Blanchard, to amend the target request of $50,000 in the Contingent Fund for the Internship Program to one-time funding. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 11; Noes - 3 (Davis, Kiefer, and Koplinka-Loehr); Excused - 1 (Penniman). MOTION CARRIED.

Parking

It was MOVED by Ms. Mink, seconded by Mr. Lane, to increase Maintenance of Effort for Personnel by $10,500 to the requested amount of $47,718 to provide parking compensation for Mental Health employees. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 3 (Davis, Lane, and Mink); Noes - 11; Excused - 1 (Penniman). MOTION FAILED.

Mrs. Schuler was excused at 7:53 p.m.

It was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer, seconded by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, to approve the Department's original request of $75,000 for the Internship Program as one-time funding. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 3 (Davis, Kiefer, and Koplinka-Loehr); Noes - 10; Excused - 2 (Penniman and Schuler). MOTION FAILED.

A vote by show of hands on the Government Operations Committee's recommendation resulted as follows: Ayes - 11, Noes - 0; Excused - 4 (Penniman and Schuler; Mink and Winch were temporarily out of the room). MOTION CARRIED.

It was MOVED by Mr. Totman, seconded by Mr. Proto, and unanimously adopted by voice vote by members present to approve the following resolution and submit to the full Board:

RESOLUTION NO. - APPROPRIATION FROM CONTINGENT FUND

FOR HEALTH CARE COSTS AND OVERTIME

PAYROLL

WHEREAS, in June of this year the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department incurred medical costs for two inmates that exceeded normal budgetary funds, and

WHEREAS, overtime costs incurred to guard inmates while at the hospital amounted to thirty shifts of duty during this same period for the same inmates, and

WHEREAS, the Jail medical budget does not provide for long-term, intensive hospital care and its associated costs, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety Committee and Budget and Quality Planning Committee, That the Director of Finance appropriate $31,929 to the Jail medical budget 3151.54467 for costs incurred,

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance appropriate $7,070 to the Corrections budgeting unit 3150.51200 for overtime labor associated with posting a 24/7 guard for said inmates.

FROM: CONTINGENT FUND A1990.54400 $38,999

TO: CORRECTIONS DIVISION A3151.54467 31,929

A3150.51200 7,070

TOTAL $38,999

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

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