MINUTES OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD OCTOBER 10, 1995
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in an emergency meeting on October 10, 1995, at 9:00 a.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
Sue B. Suggs
Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, and Dennis Edwards, Gilchrist County Journal.
Mr. Barron stated that he and Mr. Harrison met with Mr. Burt, Chairman Bush, and representatives from the Department of Revenue to discuss a problem that Mr. Harrison has discovered with ad valorem taxes. Apparently, there was a "glitch" in the software that Mr. Harrison uses to compute homestead exemption values with the proposition 10 change. As a result, general revenue fund will be short by approximately $79,316 (less 5% which you can not budget). The shortage will affect the general fund reserve, which started out at $150,000. Mr. Barron reminded the Board that they spent $28,000 from reserve the second day the budget was in effect. The Board asked if there were any other options available to them. Mr. Barron replied that the millage rate of 10 mills is the maximum millage that can be imposed.
Mr. Burt stated that several counties are experiencing the same problem because they used the same software. Mr. Barron added that instead of a 13.12% increase in taxes generated from ad valorem taxes, the percentage will drop to 9.83%.
The same problem will affect the MSTU (fire service) budget, reducing the revenues by approximately $3626. The Board does have the option of increasing the millage for fire services. The current millage is .50 mill, and if it were raised to .52, the loss of revenue could be recouped. Commissioner Sheffield stated that he is not in favor of raising the millage; he would rather the cost be shared by all county residents, rather than the ad valorem tax payer. Mr. Barron replied that if the millage is not increased, each fire department budget would have to be decreased by $600. Commissioner Sheffield asked how much the county has paid Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson for the work they've completed in regards to special assessments. Mr. Barron replied that they will have received approximately $50,000 by January 1996, which should be the total paid.
Mr. Barron asked where the Board would like to cut the MSTU budget by $3626. The anticipated cash carry-over for that budget will be approximately $15,000.00, unless there are more "old year" bills he is not aware of; the city of Trenton has been paid $6600 to date for fire services, and the last quarter bills from Trenton have not been received. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to place the cash carry-over in reserve; no cuts to the fire budgets. The motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to decline an increase in millage for MSTU. Commissioners Cannon and Bush voted in favor of the motion. Commissioner Suggs voted in opposition to the motion. The motion carried.
The Board discussed the article in the journal, which stated the county still owes the city $2500 for a 6 inch meter that was installed when the water line was extended to the jail administration building. Mr. McQueen stated that the meter is connected to a fire hydrant; it is not connected to anything that the county has. We have refused to pay for it. The Board indicated that they are still unwilling to pay for the 6" meter, and directed Mr. McQueen to talk to the city about the issue.
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 10:15 a.m. was made by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN
JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK