STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                   )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                                        )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                                  )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                                        )                    JUNE 27, 2005

 

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for a budget work session (recessed from the June 23, 2005 budget work session) in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Building (Administrative Building) located in Danbury, North Carolina on Monday, June 27, 2005 at 8:30 pm (followed the regular June 27th Commissioners’ meeting) with the following members present:

 

                                                Chairman John Turpin

                                                                Vice-Chairman Leon Inman

Commissioner Sandy McHugh

Commissioner Joe Turpin

                                                                Commissioner Jimmy Walker

 

                                                                County Personnel in Attendance:

                                                                County Manager Richard Morris

                                                                Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins

                                                                Finance Director Julia Edwards

                                                                Assistant Finance Director Lisa Lankford

                                                               

 

Chairman John Turpin called the budget work session to order.

               

GENERAL GOVERNMENT –GOVERNING BODY-PROPOSED 2005/06 BUDGET WORK SESSION

 

The Board continued discussion pertaining the proposed Fiscal Year 2005/06 Budget Work Session.

 

Revenue Neutral Tax Rate

Commissioner Joe Turpin requested time to speak to the Board concerning revenue Neutral.

               

Commissioner Joe Turpin noted the following:

 

Ø       Definition of revenue neutral

Ø       Determining revenue neutral based on previous years growth

Ø       Interim budget hurts the County’s bond rating

Ø       Responsible to the tax payers

Ø       Mandated items that can not be controlled – Medicaid

Ø       Can not control Debt services

Ø       Can not control increasing premiums for insurance

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin requested information from the previous four years to determine a true revenue neutral tax rate.

 

Schools – Capital Outlay

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Schools-Capital Outlay proposed budget:

 

Ø       Public School Capital Building Fund (ADM Funding)

Ø       School Roofing Projects

Ø       History of using ADM Funding

Ø       Possible Bond Referendum for new schools and needed renovations

Ø       Need for new schools

Ø       Possibility of using products from JP Stevens (Business located in the County) for roofing projects

Ø       Sales Tax – Art-40

Ø       Sales Tax – Art-42

 

Schools- Current Expense

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Schools-Current Expense proposed budget:

 

Ø       Un-funded mandates

Ø       ½ cent teacher supplement

Ø       Schools’ fund balance

Ø       Schools’ audit reveals undesignated $584,151

Ø       Use of Hold Harmless for teacher supplements

Ø       State NC Wise

Ø       Reclassifications of clerical and custodian staff

Ø       Request from Board of Education for removal of 10% Funding Cap

Ø       State and Federal Revenues

Ø       School Resource Officers

Ø       School Resource Officer -Meadowbrook

 

The Board discussed the pros and cons of the removal of the 10% Funding CAP requested from the Board of Education.

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards requested the submission of amended sheets for the Schools- Current Expense, which included State revenue estimates.

 

Chairman John Turpin entertained a motion to accept the amended sheets for the  Schools- Current Expense, which included State revenue estimates.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to accept the amended sheets for the Schools- Current Expense, which included State revenue estimates. 

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board continued the discussion of revenue neutral tax rate before recessing the budget work session.

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman John Turpin entertained a motion to recess the budget work session until Tuesday, June 28th.

 

Vice Chairman Inman moved to recess the budget work session until Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 6:00 pm.  

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

_________________________                                  _____________________________

Darlene M. Bullins                                                   John M. Turpin

Clerk to the Board                                                   Chairman