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BE IT REMEMBERED that a regular meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building in Monticello at 9:30 A.M. on August 6, 2018 for the purpose of discussing the 2019 budget and any other business to come before the Council.

 

Council President Kramer called the Council meeting to order, opening with the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The following members were absent: None

The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter Kevin L Crabb Art A Anderson

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

James B Davis

Also in attendance was Auditor Rogers and Councilor Candidate Faker. At the time of attendance, Councilor Anderson was absent due to medical reasons. He joined the meeting while in session, about noon.

 

Auditor Rogers asked the Council to take care of some business prior to discussing budgets.

 

TRANSFERS

Circuit Court Judge Thacker submitted a transfer of $200 between budget line items. Councilor Clear motioned to approve the request; Councilor Carter seconded.

Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL REQUEST

Clerk Lantz submitted a payroll request to pay the high end of the part time scale wage of $14.20 to Stephanie Bowsher who is stepping down from a full-time position to a part-time position. Although at $14.20/hr. the county will save money on her rate along with saving on benefits for which Stephanie will no longer be eligible, the high end of the scale is reserved for employees who have worked for the county for many years. Stephanie hired in on 2/27/18, so has only been with the county five months. She has experience, but not enough to warrant top of scale. Councilor Crabb motioned to pay $13.00/hr. Councilor Clear seconded.

Vote: 5 aye; 1 nay, Councilor Annis

BUDGET HEARINGS

Council spent the remainder of the morning looking over budget proposals. At 11:30 they met with the Sheriff and his staff regarding the Sheriff’s and Jail’s budgets. The Sheriff proposed a slight change to the retirement plan to which Council was in agreement. No additional funding would be required.

 

Council met with Commissioners for a working lunch. Auditor Rogers imparted the news that based on the Gateway reports, 3.2 million dollars would have to be cut from the proposed general fund budget in order for the budget to be balanced. The combination of tax caps and lowered state mandated agricultural land assessment values are taking their toll. Commissioners and Council agreed that whatever Council needs to remove from the general fund budget should be moved into the Solid Waste Operating Fund. Future projects were discussed such as land and infrastructure needed to develop central drainage for the MACP, amounting to possibly three million dollars. Also, construction of a new highway department is getting closer and could begin next year. The two boards also discussed the mileage rate the county pays to reimburse employees for mileage driven for work related purposes. The Commissioners’ policy states mileage will be paid at the current state rate ($0.38), however, for the past ten years or more, mileage has been paid at the once federal rate of $0.55/mi. Either the rate has to change to reflect the state rate or policy has to change. The Commissioners preference is to change the rate to be compliant with policy. Auditor Rogers will submit a salary ordinance amendment reflecting such to Council at their August 20th meeting.

 

The rest of the afternoon was spent reviewing budget proposals with the Prosecutor, Community Corrections, Probation and the Courts.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018

 

Budget hearings with the remaining departments ran from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018

 

No meeting

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

 

Council met from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to discuss budget proposals and determine amounts to be approved with budget adoption on September 17, 2018.

 

Veterans Service Officer Hildebrand asked Council to consider a new vehicle for transporting veterans to VA hospitals. The current vehicle belonged to the Sheriff’s Department originally and is now in need of extensive repair. Councilor Crabb motioned to allow VSO Hildebrand to replace the old vehicle this year with a new vehicle using appropriated funds from the Riverboat Gaming Fund. Councilor Carter seconded. Vote: Unanimous

 

Council was able to move employee benefits and the county ambulance payment amounting to a total of 3.265 million dollars out of the general fund and into the Solid Waste Operating Fund. They intend to move these items back into the general fund with the 2020 budget. They may need to increase the county income tax to accomplish this. As a final topic, Council discussed a general wage increase for employees. Councilor Anderson motioned to give a two percent general increase; discussion ensued with no second.

 

Councilor Clear then moved to set the general increase at three percent; Councilor Carter seconded. Vote: 3 aye; 4 nay, Councilors Annis, Kramer, Anderson and Crabb

Councilor Crabb, prior to the 3% vote, seconded Councilor Anderson’s 2% motion.

Vote: 5 aye; 2 nay, Councilors Clear and Davis

 

ADJOURNMENT

The budget hearings remain open until adoption on September 17, 2018. Next meeting August 20, 2018 at 9:00 am.

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR