MINUTES OF A FINAL BUDGET HEARING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD SEPTEMBER 26, 1994.



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a public hearing on September 26, 1994, at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:



Fred Wilkerson, Chairman

Wilbur Bush

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs



Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell and Cheryl Watson, Deputy Clerks, Cindi Price, Florida League of Cities, Mr. & Mrs. Gay, Al Milito, Dale Lindsey, Joe Barron, and Grady Jones, county residents.



Chairman Wilkerson announced that the purpose of tonight's public hearing is to consider the adoption of a final budget for fiscal year 1994-95.



Mr. Barron explained the Notice of Tax Increase which appeared in the local newspaper, stating that the reason for the "increase" is because of new construction and increase in value on the Tax Roll, not an increase in millage. The millage rate proposed in the final budget is 10 mills, which is the same rate that has been in effect for several years. Mr. Barron further explained that Proposition 10 will go into effect January 1st, whereby property taxes for homestead property can not increase more than 3% or the cost of living increase.



Several present complained to the Board about their increase in property taxes this year. The Board explained that the Property Appraiser assesses property according to guidelines provided by the Department of Revenue. Currently, Mr. Harrison and staff are in the process of reassessing each parcel in the county, as required by statute every three years.



Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to adopt a final millage rate of 10 mills, for fiscal year 1994-95, by resolution. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 94-40



RESOLUTION ADOPTING FINAL MILLAGE RATE

FOR FISCAL YEAR 1994-95.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida has this 26th day of September, 1994, held a public hearing to adopt the final millage rate for the tax year beginning October 1, 1994; and



WHEREAS, said public hearing has been duly noticed as provided by statute; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida has further considered the final millage rate to be levied;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida s follows:



The final ad valorem tax millage rate to be levied for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1994 shall be ten (10) mills. Said millage rate exceeds the rolled-back computed pursuant to Section 200.065, Florida Statutes, which amount is characterized as the percentage increase in property taxes adopted by the governing body, said percentage increase being 5.47 percent.



RESOLVED this day in public hearing the 26th day of September, 1994, by unanimous vote of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Barron presented the proposed final budgets to the Board, explaining that each were balanced, and reminding the Board that $150,000 has been ear-marked in Solid Waste as a self-insurance fund for testing, should a serious problem occur in the monitoring wells. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the final budget for general governmental services, by resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.



RESOLUTION 94-41



RESOLUTION ADOPTING FINAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 1994-95.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida has this 26th day of September, 1994, held a public hearing to adopt the final budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1994; and



WHEREAS, said public hearing has been duly noticed as provided by statute and the final budget has been considered by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, as follows:



The final budget for fiscal year commencing October 1, 1994, regarding the General Fund, Court Facilities Trust Fund, Capital Outlays, Emergency Medical Services, Solid Waste Disposal Collection & Recycling Service, Law Enforcement Trust Fund, SHIP Fund, State Attorney & Public Defender Trust Fund, Fine & Forfeiture Trust Fund, Law Library, and Transportation Trust Fund be and is hereby adopted.



RESOLVED this day in public hearing the 26th day of September, 1994, by unanimous vote of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Those budgets, as balanced and adopted are:



General Revenue Fund @ $3,498,511

Law Enforcement Trust Fund @ $94,868

Court Facilities Trust Fund @ $6,015

Law Library @ $6,429

Transportation Trust Fund @ $765,717

Fine & Forfeiture Fund @ $110,740

State Attorney/Public Defender Trust Fund @ $45,239

Local Housing Assistance Trust Fund @ $250,000

Capital Outlay Fund #301 @ $175,858

Transportation Impact Fee Fund @ $108,010

Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund @ $692,785

Solid Waste Disposal Fund @ $809,531

Mr. Barron explained to those present that the proposed final millage rate for MSTU (Municipal Services Taxing Units), or fire services, is half a mill (.50), which is the same rate that has been in effect for several years. Again, the increase in proposed property tax revenues, represents an increase in taxable property values in Gilchrist County. Following discussion, the Board unanimously adopted, by resolution, a millage rate of half a mill (.50) for MSTU, for fiscal year 1994-95, following a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



RESOLUTION 94-43



RESOLUTION ADOPTING FINAL MILLAGE RATE FOR

MUNICIPAL SERVICE TAXING UNIT FOR FISCAL YEAR

COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 1994.



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida has on the 26th day of September, 1994, held a public hearing to adopt a final millage rate for its Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1994; and



WHEREAS, said public hearing has been duly advertised as provided by statute; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County has further considered the final millage rate to be levied;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida as follows:



The ad valorem tax millage rate to be levied for the Municipal Service Taxing Unit beginning October 1, 1994, shall be one-half (1/2) mill. Said millage rate exceeds the rolled-back computed pursuant to Section 200.065, Florida Statutes, which amount is characterized as the percentage increase being 5.47 percent.



RESOLVED this day in public hearing, the 26th day of September, 1994, by unanimous vote of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman





ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board discussed the proposed final budget for MSTU, "fire budget", with Commissioner Sheffield commenting that he is not in favor of paying a set annual amount to High Springs and Branford, for back-up fire services, since Gilchrist County fire departments offer the same assistance to them without charging. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adopt the final MSTU budget, by resolution, for fiscal year 1994-95. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.



RESOLUTION 94-43



RESOLUTION ADOPTING FINAL BUDGET FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICE

TAXING UNIT FOR FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 1994.



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida has this 26th day of September, 1994, held a public hearing to adopt its final Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1994, and;

WHEREAS, said public hearing has been duly advertised as provided by statute and the final budget has been considered by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioner of Gilchrist County, Florida, that the final budget for Municipal Service Taxing Unit be and is hereby adopted.



RESOLVED this day in public hearing the 26th day of September, 1994, by unanimous vote of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The approved and balanced budget for fire services total $135,054.



Mr. Barron complimented Cheryl Watson, Deputy Clerk, for her hard work in preparing the budgets this year. The Board also thanked Ms. Watson for her efforts.



Workers Compensation:



Ms. Cindi Price, representative from the Florida League of Cities, spoke to the Board about a new managed health care system for workers compensation. The system works much like a HMO. The Managed Care Program specifies a main provider for workers compensation injuries. The main provider would contract with Med-View, who will negotiate rates with various care providers. This system should provide the county with more control over their workers compensation program. Commissioner Bush made a motion to enter into an agreement with the Florida League of Cities to provide a managed care program. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



There being no further business to come before the Board, a motion to adjourn at 8:55 p.m. was made by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK