07-31-2008 First Budget Hearing


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Thursday, July 31, 2008, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, June 26, 2008 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office. A copy of the advertisement that was submitted to FLORIDA TODAY for publication on Saturday, July 26, 2008 is filed in the Budgeting Department Office.

I. Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: 

Chairman Kershaw called the First Budget Hearing meeting of the 2008-2009 Tentative Budget and Millage Rate to order at 5:30 p.m.

Members Present: Larry Hughes, Robert Jordan, Janice Kershaw, Amy Kneessy, Dr. Barbara Murray


II. Presentation
2. Presentation
Attachment: 7-31-08 All Funds.pdf
Attachment: 7-31-08 Cost Center.pdf
Attachment: 2008-09 1st Public Hearing, 7-31-08 c.pdf
Minutes: 

The Chairman recognized Superintendent Richard A. DiPatri who introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services. Ms. Preston presented an overview of the 2008-2009 proposed millage levy and 2008-2009 tentative budget, which included:

Budget Dilemma
Proposed Tax Roll
Tax Roll History
History of Millage Levy
Proposed Millage Changes
Actual Proposed 2008-09 Millage
Proposed Millage vs. Roll-Back
Tax on Residential Home Scenarios
K-12 Budget Statewide
Proposed Tentative Budget
Operating Budget Revenue
Proposed Decrease for Brevard
FEFP Funding Issues
Proposed Categorical Funding
Student Growth
History of Student Membership
Detail of Membership Growth
Personnel Statistics
Capital Projects Revenues
Capital Projects Expenditures
2008-09 Budget Dilemma

Chairman Kershaw opened the floor for Board discussion. Hearing none, she moved on to public hearing. 


 

 

 


III. Public Hearing
3. Public Hearing

Minutes: 

A.    2008-2009 Proposed Millage Levy

Ms. Kershaw opened the public hearing. No individuals requested to address the proposed millage levy and the Chairman declared the public hearing closed.

B.    2008-2009 Tentative Budget

Ms. Kershaw opened the public hearing. No individuals requested to address the proposed millage levy and the Chairman declared the public hearing closed.


IV. Superintendent's Recommendation
4. Adopt Proposed 2008-09 Millage Rates

Minutes: 

Chairman Kershaw recognized Superintendent DiPatri who proceeded to read into the record the recommendation for the 2008-2009 millage rates, the tentative 2008-2009 budget and the Board authorization for actions to be taken by the Superintendent.



Motions:
Adopt proposed 2008-09 millage rates of Operating Fund: Required Local Effort 5.227 Local Discretionary 0.498 Supplemental Discretionary 0.186 Capital Outlay: 1.750 Total: 7.661- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Larry Hughes- Nay

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Hughes suggested the Board hold the line on the total millage rate by reducing the capital outlay by the 0.13 and to do it now while we are all still accountable to the public instead of waiting until September. He made several points of why he is making this suggestion.

Ms. Kershaw stated the district has great capital needs in which some are related to student growth, renewal, inequities, and maintenance. She also agreed with Mr. Hughes about the economic times and the citizens having great economic needs with their personal budgets. She believes the people where asking for a tax relief when they voted for Amendment 1, despite the fact that the Legislature has come back and increase the Required Local Effort. We can do the right thing and bring the millage down to the .130 mills as Mr. Hughes has stated which would mean a reduction in the capital budget by 5.1 million dollars. She would support the idea of reducing the millage so that the total millage does not increase over last year's.

Discussion ensued between the Board regarding keeping the millage rate.

Ms. Kneessy stated it is her recollection that the capital money is not real dollars in the bank at this point and asked Mr. Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services, for clarification. She also stated the district's Local Discretionary and Supplemental Discretionary is already reduced from last year.

Mr. Curry gave clarification about $92 million reserve which was presented during the workshop of June 26, 2008. This is just a planning number of projects that we were going to do in 04-05. We changed our strategy and eliminated many new schools that have large dollar value associated with them and we could reduce that reserve down to anything that makes sense based on the work that we have to do in the future. That money is not in the bank.

Dr. Murray stated some of her concerns as well as concerns of the citizens in reducing the capital outlay.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she could not support the change of lowering the millage rate to .130.

Mr. Jordan stated he agreed with Ms. Kneessy and Dr. Murray.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard to reducing the Capital Outlay. Ms. Preston and Mr. Curry clarified information for the Board about the Capital projects.

Mr. Hughes suggested Ms. Preston add a scenario four to her presentation showing the inverse of scenario three.

There being no further discussion, the vote was taken.

 

5. Adopt The 2008-09 Tentative Budget

Minutes: 

Motions:
Adopt the 2008-09 Tentative Budget: Operating $ 561,376,051 Special Revenue 72,314,156 Debt Service 44,236,639 Capital Outlay 420,528,324 Subtotal $ 1,098,455,170 Less Transfers 38,689,559 Total $ 1,059,765,611 Internal Service $ 86,397,627 Enterprise $ 9,134,070 - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Hughes questioned whether this budget will come before the Board again or whether the  Board is approving the budget at this time. Ms. Preston stated this was the tentative budget and we will roll forward and continue to make changes and the Board will take final action on September 4, 2008.

Ms. Kershaw stated that she voted Nay to be consistent with Item A.

6. Authorize the Superintendent to take the Following Actions


Motions:
Authorize the Superintendent to take the following actions: 1. Notify both the Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector of the Proposed 2008-09 Millage and the following Roll-Back Rates: Operating Fund Roll-Back Rates: Required Local Effort 4.9137 Local Discretionary 0.7096 Capital Outlay Roll-Back Rate: 2.0334 Total Roll-Back Rate 7.6567 2. Notify both the Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector of the Final Public Hearing on September 4, 2008 at 5:30 P.M. at the Educational Services Facility, Viera. 3. Adjust the revenues and expenditures, if necessary, prior to the final public hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


V. Adjournment
7. Adjournment

Minutes: 

Prior to the adjournment of the Hearing, the following statement was read into the record by Chairman Kershaw:

THE PROPOSED 2008-2009 MILLAGE RATE NECESSARY TO FUND THE TENTATIVE BUDGET IS MORE THEN THE ROLL-BACK RATE BY 0.06%.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:19 p.m.







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