STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA            )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                            )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                     )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                            )                    JUNE 7, 2006

 

 

 

            The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met

 

for a Public Hearing to discuss the proposed Stokes County Fiscal Year 2006-07 Fiscal Year

 

Budget in Courtroom “A” located in Government Center in Danbury, North Carolina on

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 6:30 pm with the following members present:

 

                                                Chairman Leon Inman

                                                Vice-Chairman Joe Turpin

Commissioner Sandy McHugh                                                Commissioner John Turpin

                                                Commissioner Jimmy Walker

 

                                                County Personnel in Attendance:

                                                Clerk to the Board/Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins

                                                Budget Director Dennis Thompson

                                                Finance Director Julia Edwards

                                                Assistant Finance Director Lisa Lankford

 

 

Chairman Leon Inman called the Public Hearing to the order.

 

Commissioner Walker delivered the invocation.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Chairman Inman opened the meeting by inviting the citizens in attendance to

 

join the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2006-07 COUNTY BUDGET

 

Chairman Inman welcomed those in attendance for the Public Hearing.

 

Chairman Inman opened the Public Hearing regarding the proposed Fiscal Year

 

2006-07 County Budget.

The following spoke at the Public Hearing:

 

Dr. Larry Cartner

132 KirkLeigh Court

King, NC  27021

RE:  Education – Current and Capital Outlay Proposed Budget

 

            Dr. Cartner presented Board members with information for the Public Hearing on

 

Commissioner’s Proposed Budget, which will be retained by the Clerk.  Dr. Cartner spoke

 

on behalf of the Stokes County Board of Education.  Dr. Cartner noted the following

 

regarding current expense and capital outlay:

 

Current Expense

·        State of North Carolina acknowledges that funding from the State is not adequate for the sound basic education required by the Leandro lawsuit-additional funding is the responsibility of local government

·        49% of the local budget request is beyond the control of the Board of Education

·        Since the submission of the proposed budget, projected salary increases for certified employees has increased from 5% to 8%; projected salary increases for non-certified employees has increased from 3% to 5% (supplied by NCDPT)

·        Maintaining a zero growth budget, cuts to existing programs and personnel will be required in order to meet the state mandated salary increases for local employees

·        With the exception of two items (postage and custodial supplies) the requested increases are directly related to training and retaining a quality work force of educators

·        Impact of a zero growth budget will result in a reduction of $719,761 in instructional programs and instructional support

·        Impact funding directly to the classroom and schools through:

o       Elimination of contract positions such as middle school SRO’s

o       Elimination of a nurse position

o       Elimination of the library book allotment

o       Reduction in supply and materials funds for schools

o       Reduction in school non-capitalization equipment

o       Elimination of additional maintenance position

o       Reduction of contracted maintenance services to schools

·        Impact funding directly to the classroom and schools because funding must be provided to:

o       Meet substitute costs for teachers

o       Pay for increasing Utility costs

o       Meet insurance and charter school requirements

o       Meet increasing salaries and benefits as set by the sate will increase associated supplement costs which are on a percentage basis

Capital Outlay

 

·        Potential effects of the proposed Capital Budget that will affect the schools:

o       Elimination of all grounds money for schools

o       Elimination of most school exterior and landscaping projects

o       Elimination of all vehicle purchases except for one mini-activity bus

o       Eliminates boiler replacement of NSHS and SSHS

o       Limits flexibility in use of funds, as state ADM fund must meet stricter requirements – the majority of school capital requests cannot be provided through ADM funds

o       ADM funding is very restrictive –(broilers and roofs) the majority of schools needs cannot be done through ADM funds

 

Conclusion

 

·        Stokes County spends $318 per student or $8268 less per classroom less than the state average

·        Stokes County is well below the state average of $342 per student

·        The six year average of debt service per student in Stokes County is $181

·        This reflects a gap of $161 per student over the last six years.

 

 

Dr. Cartner encouraged the Board on behalf of students and employees of Stokes

 

County Schools to reconsider a zero growth budget which will dramatically harm the

 

instructional program in the school system and the cuts to the capital budget will greatly

 

impact the buildings in which Stokes County students go to school in.  Dr. Cartner expressed

 

his appreciation for the opportunity to speak.

 

Mr. Joe Hopper

1247 Dodgetown Road

Walnut Cove, NC  27052

RE:  DSS – COLA

 

Mr. Joe Hopper, DSS employee, commented on Dr. Cartner’s remarks regarding the education in Stokes County.  Mr. Hopper spoke on the work being done by the Department of Social Services, the misunderstanding of the role of the Department of Social Services in the Community, employee turnover rate at Social Services, employees leaving to work for adjacent counties for higher wages, dedicated employees at Social Services, and the need for a COLA for Stokes County employees.

 

Chairman Inman expressed appreciation to all those in attendance.

 

Chairman Inman closed the Public Hearing.

 

            There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Inman

 

entertained a motion to adjourn the Public Hearing.  Commissioner John Turpin moved to

 

adjourn the Public Hearing.  Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried

 

unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darlene M. Bullins                                                    J. Leon Inman

Clerk to the Board                                                  Chairman