09-04-2008 Final Budget Hearing


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

FINAL PUBLIC HEARING
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FACILITY - VIERA
September 4, 2008
5:30 p.m.

I. Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: 

Chairman Kershaw called the meeting of the Final Budget Hearing to order at 5:30 p.m.

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

Ms. Kershaw led the Pledge of Allegiance.


II. Presentation
2. Superintendent's Presentation
Attachment: 2008-09 1st Public Hearing 7-31-08 c.pdf
Attachment: All Funds 9-4-08.pdf
Attachment: Cost Center 9-4-08.pdf
Minutes: 

Superintendent Richard A. DiPatri introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services, who gave a slide presentation to review the adopted tentative budget and proposed millage rates that were presented to the Board at the first public hearing.

Mr. Jordan asked Ms. Preston to reemphasize to the public about the required local effort and that the district would lose state funding if the Board did not raise the millage levy. Ms. Preston stated she spoke to the Deputy Commissioner about this topic and was provided a copy of legal opinion. She stated if the Board chose not to levy the exact amount of the set millage, the Board also forfeits to levy any of the other millages, plus the Board would forfeit the Federal flow through state money, and any other state dollars. The amount would be about 800 million dollars that the Board would be sacrificing.

 Ms. Kneessy requested clarification from Ms. Preston in regard to the All Funds budget book pages 14 and 15.


III. Public Hearing
3. Public Hearing: 2008-2009 Proposed Millage Levy

Minutes: 

Ms. Kershaw declared the public hearing open to the public.

A. 2008-09 Proposed Millage Levy

The following individuals addressed the Board in regard to the proposed millage levy:

  1. Donald Gilleland, Suntree
  2. Roger Jubert, Merritt Island
  3. Carroll Eddie, Indian Harbour Beach

 Dr. DiPatri suggested the Board try to answer the questions of the public since the Board will be voting on the items. Chairman Kershaw agreed and Dr. DiPatri answered the questions of the speakers.

4. Public Hearing: 2008-2009 Adopted Tentative Budget

Minutes: 

B. 2008-09 adopted Tentative Budget

No individuals requested to address the Board on the 2008-09 adopted tentative budget.

Ms. Kershaw declared the public hearing closed.


IV. Superintendent's Recommendation
5. Publicly State the Name of the Taxing Authority and Millage Rates

Minutes: 

The Chairman recognized Superintendent DiPatri who proceeded to read into the record the following information as required by Florida Statute 200.065:

     Taxing Authority:

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida

  

     2008-09 Roll-back Rates:

Required Local Effort

4.9137

Local Discretionary

0.7097

Capital Outlay

2.0334

Total Roll-back Rate

7.6568

                                          

     Percent More Than the Roll-back Rate:

0.06%

     Proposed 2008-09 Millage Rates:

Required Local Effort

5.227

Local Discretionary

0.498

Supplementary Discretionary

0.186

Capital Outlay

1.750

Total

7.661

6. Adopt the Resolution Setting the 2008-09 Millage Rate
Attachment: 08-09 ESE524 for DOE.pdf
Minutes: 

Motions:
Adopt the attached resolution setting the total 2008-09 millage rate of 7.661 mills. The written resolution is incorporated into this motion by refererence.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Hughes began a lengthy discussion which ensued amongst the Board in regard to raising the 2008-09 millage rate to 7.661 mills and why he is voting against the recommendation.

Mr. Jordan questioned Ms. Preston on what would it do to the budget if the Board held the line on the millage levy.

Mr. Hughes stated his specific recommendations would be to reduce the capital outlay from 1.75 mills to 1.62 mills which would leave the district at the break even on the total millage.

Ms. Kershaw agreed with Mr. Hughes and stated it was a symbolic move when the public is screaming for tax relief.

Ms. Kneessy stated her opinion on why she supported the Superintendent's recommendation.

Dr. Murray reminded the Board to expect the state to decrease the capital again and exercise caution.

Mr. Hughes called for the question. The motion carried three to two with Hughes and Kershaw dissenting.

7. Adopt the 2008-09 Budget


Motions:
Adopt the 2008-09 Budget in the following amounts: Operating $573,390,678 Special Revenue $71,082,931 Debt Service $45,349,691 Capital Outlay $366,531,412 Subtotal $1,056,354,712 Less Transfers $38,689,559 Total $1,017,665,153 Internal Service Fund $86,397,627 Enterprise Fund $9,134,070- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy stated that she wanted to hear what Dr. DiPatri had to say on the last item but was unable to since Mr. Hughes had called the question.

Dr. DiPatri stated in all fairness to the public, we have cut 51 million dollars and to cut more of the millage will only make the challenge that much more difficult. He went on to give examples to the Board and stated that the State will be cutting more from the budget next year.

Discussion ensued between Dr. DiPatri and Mr. Hughes on their opposite views of this issues.

Ms. Kershaw stated that the debate was not relevant to the particular motion and for the Board to register their votes.

The vote carried three to two with Hughes and Kershaw dissenting. Ms. Kershaw let it be known she voted against it to be consistent with the previous motion.

8. Adjust the Adopted Millage Levy


Motions:
Authorize the Superintendent to adjust the adopted millage levy and budget due to changes in the certified tax roll.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

9. Forward the Adopted Millage Levy Resolution


Motions:
Authorize the Superintendent to forward the adopted millage levy resolution to the Brevard County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector no later than thirty days following the adjournment of the Value Adjustment Board.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

10. Forward Budget Documentation


Motions:
Authorize the Superintendent to forward the following to the designated State Agencies: 1. The adopted budget, millage levy resolution, certified tax roll, roll-back rate, proposed millage, and certified copies of advertisements for proposed budget and millage rate to the State Department of Education. 2. The millage levy resolution, certified tax roll, roll-back rate, proposed millage, and certified copies of the advertisement for the budget and millage rate to the Department of Revenue.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Amy Kneessy
Larry Hughes- Nay
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


V. Adjournment
11. Adjournment

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read a letter from Commissioner of Education, Eric Smith, in regard to the instructional school days missed due to Tropical Storm Fay. Dr. DiPatri stated Ms. Kneessy requested that he read this letter. He continued to let the Board know his interpretation of the letter and was followed up by a conference call with the Commissioner.

Dr. DiPatri reminded the Board that when they adopted the School Year calendar on May 13, 2008. The Board added make-up days to the calendar so parents would know what days would be made up. He read the paragraph that is stated on the bottom of the adopted calendar in regard to the make-up days.

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 6:39 p.m.


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