The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for a scheduled budget
work session for the proposed Fiscal Year 2004/05 County Budget in the Council Chambers of the Administrative Building, located in Danbury, North Carolina, on Friday, June 4, 2004, at 6:00 pm with
the following members present:
Vice-Chairman John Turpin
Commissioner Howard Mabe
Commissioner Joe Turpin
County Manager Richard Morris
County Attorney Jonathan Jordan
Darlene Bullins, Clerk to the Board
Chairman Sandy McHugh absent
Commissioner Leon Inman absent
Others in Attendance:
Finance Director Julia Edwards
Assistance Finance Director Lisa Lankford
Mr. Jack Veit Stokes Intern
Vice Chairman John Turpin called the meeting to order.
Vice Chairman John Turpin noted that Chairman McHugh would be delayed due to attending a funeral visitation and Commissioner Inman was absent due to attending a family wedding.
Finance Director Julia Edwards presented corrected copies of the following proposed budgets:
Environmental Health Fire and Rescue
Revaluation Revenue and Expenditures Summaries
DSS Director Jan Spencer
Accounting Tech III Patti St. Hilaire
DSS Director Jan Spencer presented justification information for the following reclassifications:
Social Worker III Office of State Personnel has performed a statewide child welfare crisis and compensation
study to recruit and retain child welfare crisis Social Workers. Office of State Personnel recommends
classification upgrades. Director Spencer noted 6 positions, 2 which would be salary increases, 1 currently
vacant , 3 are trainees that would not require salary increases this fiscal year. Request reclassification of
current grade 68 to grade 70. Additional cost of county funding for the two current employees - $2269
Proposed effective date July 1, 2004
Social Worker II Supervisor - Reclassification of Social Worker III to Social Worker II Supervisor. Currently, DSS has one Supervisor for 10 social workers in child welfare, State mandates one Supervisor for 5 social workers in child welfare. Request reclassification of current grade 68 to grade 70. Additional cost of county funding for reclassification $1,024. Urgent need for supervisors in the field with trainees.
Administrative Officer I Reclassification Accounting Tech. III to Administrative Officer I. Duties has increased
drastically personnel, payroll, accounts payable, 1571, budget responsibilities critical position for obtaining reimbursement from State and Federal funding. Reclassification of current grade 63 to grade 67.
Income Maintenance II New position Position would perform Program
Integrity and Foods Stamps. Revenues continue to decrease 2002= $84,000
2003 - $27,000 and 2004 =$17,000 (5 months). 12% increase in Food Stamps caseload size in the past year. Failed the zero tolerance level in Food Stamps Program three months during the past year. Proposal 50% Program Integrity and 50% Foods Stamps Program, estimates the collection in Program Integrity would cover the cost of the County share.
Chairman McHugh entered the budget work session at 6:40 pm.
Ms. Betty Arrington, Food Stamps Supervisor, explained the Food Stamp Process.
The Board discussed the food stamp process, fraud system, collection of overpayments, food stamps recipients in Stokes County, federal funding, etc.
Vice Chairman John Turpin turned the Chair over to Chairman McHugh.
Other items discussed in the proposed Social Services budget:
· Professional Services HCCBG
· Professional Services Tanf Child Enrichment
· Professional Services Personal Care Services
· Telephone and Postage Separation of telephone and postage this fiscal year
· Utilities Transferred from Public Buildings for reimbursement purposes
· Independent Living Services
· Equipment Non Capitalized Funding request no longer needed due
to extra funding available for computer purchases in this current
fiscal year 2003/04.
· Auto Supplies Increase in gasoline prices
· Food Stamp Issuance
· Foster Care
· Sources of Revenue
Chairman McHugh moved to transfer the following DSS Budget items:
Transfer From: Social Services Administration
$3500 Postage - 100.5310.321
$3500 Telephone - 100.5310.320
Transfer To: Social Services Medical Assistance
$7000 Medicaid 100.5450.000
Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried (4-0) with Commissioner Inman absent.
Other proposed budgets reviewed by the Board:
· Social Services Aid to Blind
· Social Services Day Care Services
Smart Start With budget amendments final for 2003/04 was $230,000
Maintenance of Effort discussed
· Social Services Medicaid
· Medicaid continues to increase, possible legislative changes could
hopefully decrease the countys share. One of two states (NC and NY)
left that has to share Medicaids cost.
· Social Services Public Assistance Programs
Maintenance of Effort discussed
· Increase for Emergency Assistance needed
· Increase in Adoption Assistance
· Budget also includes direct pay from State
· Discussed IV E and IV- B funding sources
· Teen Pregnancy
There being no further business to come before the Board, Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to adjourn the budget work session. Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried (4-0) with Commissioner Inman absent.
Darlene Bullins Sandy McHugh
Clerk to the Board Chairman