SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, SECOND FLOOR, SUPERIOR COURTROOM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. for the purpose of reviewing the county tax digest and setting a tentative millage rate. Those present were Chairman Shelia Williams, Vice Chairman Brenda Peterson, Commissioner Mark Spooner, Commissioner Jeffrey Braswell, Commissioner Darius Culverson (by phone), and County Manager/Clerk Paula Granger.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Williams.
The invocation was given by Commissioner Braswell followed by the pledge of allegiance.
Roll call was conducted and a quorum was established.
County Manager Granger provided the Board with copies of the countywide consolidation sheet, the PT32.1 indicating the rollback millage, a comparison of the FY17 and FY18 expense budgets, and proposed millage calculations.
The net digest decreased in value by $4,052,928. The PT 32.1 reflects a roll back rate of 13.859 mills indicating an increase to the millage rate of .116 mills, or 7.22% over the 2016 millage of 13.743. While some departments do reflect a decrease in expenses when compared to the FY17 budget, the overall result is an increase of $610,886 as follows:
PROBATE COURT -$23,875.00
COMMISSIONER ADMINISTRATION -$16,770.00
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS -$6,515.00
TAX COMMISSIONER -$4,283.00
MAGISTRATE COURT -$3,859.00
BOARD OF REGISTRARS $714.00
COUNTY MANAGER $4,584.00
SENIOR CENTER $5,000.00
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION $5,100.00
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER $5,650.00
CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT $5,824.00
ZONING, BUILDING, CODE
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION $12,382.00
COUNTY AGENT $13,700.00
COMMUNICATIONS / 911 $21,200.00
TAX ASSESSORS $22,890.00
JAIL ADMINISTRATION $25,850.00
ROADS & BRIDGES $33,060.00
TASK FORCE OFFICER $40,970.00
SHERIFF'S OFFICE $62,548.00
E M S $365,900.00
County Manager Granger commented SRO and Task Force budgets are reimbursed by 50%, however, the amount of reimbursement is shown as revenue. The Financial Administration budget reflects increases in health care premiums and retirement contributions. County Manager Granger stated the increase for the Road Department is primarily wages and is partially offset as a result of the Deputy Clerk position remaining vacant in the Commissioner Administration budget. The increase to EMA reflects the estimated cost of obtaining a cancer insurance policy required for volunteer firefighters effective January 1, 2018. Overages for departments under the direction of Sheriff Elliott exceed FY17 by approximately $125,000, mainly due to substantial increases in compensation for deputies and cost of living increases for other staff members.
County Manager Granger suggested suspending the replacement of Deputy EMA Director resulting in a savings of approximately $3,300; Commissioner Braswell responded he was willing to volunteer. Commissioner Braswell mentioned blighted property opportunities as a source of additional revenue. Commissioner Spooner tallied potential reductions for Sheriff Elliott to include a decrease in Jail staffing and overtime across all departments. A reduction of approximately $45,000 will need to be cut from those budgets with the exception of Task Force Officer. County Manager Granger will reduce the Road Department by $10,000.
Commissioner Culverson mentioned the possibility of partnering with a regional 911 center as a potential cost savings for the overall budget; County Manager Granger will place the item on the next meeting agenda. Commissioner Culverson also mentioned auctioning excess county property obtained from tax sales; County Manager Granger will provide a list of the properties at the next regular meeting. Chairman Williams and Commissioner Braswell plan to meet with Sheriff Elliott to discuss budget cuts.
An increase of one mill above the rollback rate of 13.859 to 14.859 leaves a deficit in excess of $620,000. The FY18 M&O Budget will require amendments to include the reductions as previously outlined and use of reserves in order to balance the budget.
Following the discussion, Chairman Williams requested a motion to increase the millage by one mill. Commissioner Spooner made a motion to tentatively set the millage rate at 14.859 mills; a second was given by Commissioner Braswell. All in favor, motion passed.
County Manager Granger will prepare required notices for publication in the September 14, 2017 edition of the Donalsonville News and post on the county website. Public Hearings will be scheduled on September 21 and 28, 2017, pending confirmation of courtroom availability.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Commissioner Culverson with a second by Vice Chairman Peterson. All in favor, motion passed.
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PAULA GRANGER, CLERK