STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA ) OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

) STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES ) DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

) JUNE 28, 2005

 

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for a budget work session (recessed from Monday, June 27, 2005 budget work session) in the Commissioners Chambers of the Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Building (Administrative Building) located in Danbury, North Carolina on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

at 6:00 pm 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.

County Manager Rick Morris delivered the invocation.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Chairman John Turpin opened the budget work session by inviting the citizens in attendance to join the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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

County Manager Rick Morris presented information to the Board concerning Revenue Neutral Tax Rate. Manager Morris noted the following:

 

       Revenue Neutral is a more complex calculation than the formula

supplied by the Institute of Government

       Institute of Governments formula does not take into account

any specific history for the individual county

       Propose that the real revenue neutral tax rate would start with

that formula and factor in the specific events that had occurred

during the last four years since the last revaluation

       Past four years history of Stokes County reveals the following:

         5% growth in expenditures per year

         Average Estimated 2.18 % mandated growth

         Estimated mandates = $2,149,725

         Loss in Revenue = $3,422,077

         Negative impact =$5,571,802

       This negative impact could result in a $.18 cents tax increase

added back to the $.54 cent formula revenue neutral calculation.

       The estimates do not include increase in insurance premiums,

COLAs and inflation.

The Board discussed the information that County Manager Morris had provided concerning revenue neutral.

Chairman John Turpin polled the Board concerning the tax rate for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2005/06 with the following responses:

 

       Commissioner Joe Turpin $.5788

       Chairman John Turpin $.5788

       Vice Chairman Inman - $.60 but would consider $.59

       Commissioner Walker $.59 with possibility of $.58

       Commissioner McHugh $.61

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2005/06 tax rate be set at $.60 per hundred dollars of property value.

 

The motion died for lack of second.

 

The Board continued discussion of the tax rate for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2005/06.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2005/06 tax rate be set at $.60 per hundred dollars of property value.

 

Commissioner Walker seconded the motion.

 

The Board discussed revenue that would be produced from proposed the $.60 tax rate.

 

The motion failed (2-3) with Chairman John Turpin, Commissioner Joe Turpin and Commissioner McHugh voting against the motion.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2005/06 tax rate be set at $.61 per hundred dollars of property value.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion failed (1-4) with Commissioner Walker, Vice Chairman Inman, Chairman John Turpin, and Commissioner Joe Turpin voting against the motion.

 

Social Services -Administration

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Social Services-Administrations proposed budget:

       Continual increase of County funding

       Auto Supplies

       Incentive Pay

       Maintenance of Effort Requirements

       Mandated County Percentage increased

       Requested positions

       Reclassification

 

Chairman John Turpin polled the Board concerning possible cuts to all departments with the following responses:

 

       Commissioner Joe Turpin Cut equally to all departments

       Chairman John Turpin Cut equally to all departments

       Vice Chairman Inman Cut equally to all departments unless cuts can be identified by departments

       Commissioner McHugh continue to assess each department and list cuts

       Commissioner Walker continue to assess each department with possible cuts in COLA, longevity, new positions, reclassifications, GIS/Mapping-fly over, postponing equipment purchases

 

Social Services Aid to the Blind

The Board discussed the Social Services Aid to the Blind proposed budget.

 

Social Services Day Care Services

The Board discussed the Social Services Day Care Services proposed budget.

 

Social Services Medical Assistance

The Board discussed the Social Services Medical Assistance proposed budget with its continual increase in Countys share of Medicaid Program Costs.

 

Social Services Public Assistance Programs

The Board discussed the Social Services Public Assistance Programs proposed budget.

 

Solid Waste Collection

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Solid Waste Collections proposed budget:

       Auto Supplies

       Equipment- Non Capitalized

       Green Boxes for sites

       Improvements

 

Special Appropriations

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Special Appropriations- proposed request:

       Discussed information provided by Economic Development

Director Ron Morgan concerning Piedmont Triad

       JCPC Step One Administration Cost

 

Superior Courts

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Superior Courts proposed budget:

 

       Decrease from last year

       New Jury Selection software paid in 2004/05 in order to

switch to new vendor

       Jury Selection software will be funded in 2006/07

 

Tax Administration

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Tax Departments proposed budget:

 

       Need for upcoming software

       Part time wages

       Salary increase for Tax Administrator

       Salary increase for Assistant Tax Administrator requested by

the Tax Administrator

       Tax Revenue collections

 

County Manager Rick Morris reiterated that Tax Administrator Wren Carmichael had requested a salary increase for himself which was not included in the Managers recommendation. Manager Morris noted the wording in the Machinery Act, which states that the Board of Commissioners will set the salary for the Tax Collector/Assessor.

 

Tax Administrator Carmichael had requested an increase from $52,529 to $55,156.

 

Transfer to Other Funds

The Board discussed the Transfer to Other Funds proposed budget.

 

Chairman John Turpin moved to change the figure of $195,000 Transfer Capital Reserve to $190,000 with the correction to the Senior Service Center $25,741.

 

Vice Chairman Inman moved to change the figure of $195,000 Transfer Capital Reserve to $190,000 with the correction to the Senior Service Center $25,741.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded the motion.

 

Commissioner McHugh requested that the Board review the Senior Service Center Fund before changing any amounts.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin withdrew his second to the motion with Vice Chairman Inman withdrawing his motion.

 

Senior Service Center Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Senior Service Center Fund proposed budget:

 

       Increased rent $500 per month per Managers recommendation

       Auto supplies

       Fund raisers for Center

       Revenue

       Senior Service Center Fund Balance

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to decreased the rent to $400 per month = $4800.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded the motion.

 

Manager Morris explained the basis of increasing the rent to $500 per month. The Walnut Cove Colored School Inc had requested increasing the rent to $700.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin withdrew his second with Commissioner McHugh withdrawing her motion.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to increase Walnut Cove Senior Center revenue to $20,000, use Walnut Cove Senior Center Fund balance of $10,741.00 reducing County General Fund to $00.00.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to decrease $30,741 Transfer to Senior Service Center to $00.00 and decrease Transfer to Capital Reserve to $190,000 instead of $195,00.00 and finance total purchase price of bookmobile.

 

Vice Chairman Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Vehicle Maintenance

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Vehicle Maintenance proposed budget:

 

       New proposed garage if grant is approved from NCDOT

       Extra position added to budget last fiscal year for new proposed garage

       Revenue for fees from new proposed garage

 

Chairman John Turpin entertained a motion to cut the new staff position along with the vehicle maintenance fees of $30,000 until the proposed grant for the new garage is finalized.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin move to cut the new staff position along with the vehicle maintenance fees of $30,000 until the proposed grant for the new garage is finalized.

 

Vice Chairman Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Veteran Services

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Veteran Services proposed budget:

 

       Increase in services provided to County residents

       Bill to increase State funding from $2000 to $5000

 

Capital Reserve Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Capital Reserve Fund proposed budget:

 

       Changes to recommended budget

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to change the follow recommended amounts:

 

Expenditures

         Library $45,000 change to $40,000

         General Fund $51,445 change to $15, 179

Revenues

         General Fund $195,000 change to $190,000

         Animal Control $8,000 change to $0

         Jail $13, 500 change to $0

         Mapping $$10,445 change to $5679

         Public Buildings $10,000 change to $0

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Enhanced 911 Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Enhanced 911 Fund proposed budget:

 

       Proposed increase of E911 surcharge from $.60 to $1.50

       Need for increase of E911 surcharge

       $50,000 for partial payment for fly over to digital GIS

       Uninterruptible power supply

       New Console system for King

       E911 Fund Balance

       Equipment

 

Revaluation

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Revaluation proposed budget:

 

       Elimination of part time employees

       Need for revaluation department after completion of 2005 revaluation

 

Regional Sewer Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Regional Sewer Fund proposed budget:

 

       Recent rate increase

       Need to build up reserve for future needs

 

Stokes Reynolds Revenue Bond Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Stokes Reynolds Revenue Bond Fund proposed budget:

 

       Hospital operations

       Bond payment

 

King Fire District Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the King Fire District Fund proposed budget:

 

       Requested fire tax increase from $.04 to $.05 cents

       King Fire District Fund Balance

 

Commissioner Walker moved to increase the King Fire tax rate from $.04 to $.05 cents.

 

Commissioner Walker withdrew his motion.

 

Rural Hall Fire District Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Rural Hall Fire District Fund proposed budget:

 

       No fire tax increase requested

       Rural Hall Fire District Fund Balance

 

Walnut Cove Fire District Fund

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Walnut Cove Fire District Fund proposed budget:

 

       Proposed tax increase from $.017 to $.05 cents

       Deletion of inventory tax

       Walnut Cove Fire District Fund Balance

 

Service District

The Board discussed the following pertaining to the Service District proposed budget:

       Proposed tax rate increase from $.05 to $.06

       Service District Fund Balance

       Currently Service District Fund as a negative balance

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman John Turpin entertained a motion to recess the budget work session until Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 6:00 pm.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to recess the budget work session until Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 6:00 pm.

 

Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried (3-2) with Vice Chairman Inman and Commissioner Joe Turpin voting against the motion.

 

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Darlene M. Bullins John M. Turpin

Clerk to the Board Chairman