MINUTES OF A FINAL BUDGET HEARING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD SEPTEMBER 25, 1995



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a final budget hearing on September 25, 1995, at 7:00 p.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:



Wilbur Bush, Chairman

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs

Fred Wilkerson



Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell and Sam Ferguson, Deputy Clerks, Hank Hand, Eddie Colt Wilson, R. Baufman, J. J. Williams, Wynell Kellum, Mary Williamson, Sara Nichols, Ronald Kotz, Lucie DeChant, Lossie Deen and E. J. Lord, county residents.



Mr. Barron explained to the Board, and to the public in attendance, that the budget summary advertised in the Gilchrist County Journal is incorrect. The total expenditures and revenues do not balance. Because of the error, the Board will need to recess and reconvene next Tuesday evening, October 2, 1995. This will allow enough time for the advertisement to be corrected.



Mr. Barron explained for those present that the overall budgets combined totals $7,470,825.00. The CDBG grant has been included in the final budget.



Mr. Barron stated that the Board has tentatively adopted a budget with a millage rate of 10 mills, which is the maximum that can be imposed. This is the same millage rate that has been in effect for several years. The amount of ad valorem taxes anticipated to be generated by the levy of 10 mills is 13.12% more than 10 mills generated last year.



Special Assessments were discussed; the proposed rates and the proposed use of the assessments collected.



Mr. Barron informed the Board that they may need to borrow money in order to pay bills during the first quarter of the new fiscal year, pledging revenue anticipation notes as repayment. He added that he would have more information by the next regular meeting.



Mr. Barron stated that purchase orders will be frozen tomorrow because the money is not available for purchasing. Mr. Barron added that some department heads and supervisors do not know the difference between budget and cash. Even though the budget is there to make purchases, the cash is not, so purchase orders will not be issued after tomorrow. In addition, there are not sufficient funds in capital outlay to pay back the loan made from solid waste to capital outlay for the library construction project. The Board may need to borrow funds to pay this debt back by September 30, 1995.



There being no further business to discuss, a motion to recess and reconvene at 7:00 p.m. on October 3rd was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



ATTEST: APPROVED:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN