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BE IT REMEMBERED that a meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building in Monticello at 9:00 A.M. on October 15, 2018 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Butch Kramer called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. 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: Gayle Rogers, Auditor; Barbara Nydegger, Council Secretary; Jan Faker, Council Candidate.

 

JOINT COUNCIL/COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Councilor Art Anderson made a motion to approve the Declaratory Resolution 2018-10-15-01 designating a 15-acre tract of land situated adjacent to County Road 1100 West as an Economic Revitalization Area. Councilor Bruce Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

For contents of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Council President Kramer opened the special Council meeting with the Council reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Davis made a motion to accept the September 17, 2018 minutes. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway Department

$17,335.34 Overtime Gas & Oil 1176.11001.000.0529 1176.22101.000.0531

$ 1,770.35 Overtime Gas & Oil

1176.11001.000.0529 1176.22101.000.0531

White County Area Plan Department

$ 5,670.70 AP Professional Services Area Plan Director

1000-31300-000-0101 1000-10102-000-0101

White County Circuit Court

$ 2,000.00 Computer Network Guardian Ad Litem

1000-30602 1000-11501

 

Councilor Clear is concerned about transferring the Highway Department money from overtime when winter is just around the corner and money may be needed in overtime. Then that money will have to come from somewhere else. Auditor Rogers said whenever the Highway Department gets an invoice for a fund that doesn’t have enough money, they do a transfer for the exact amount needed. Auditor Rogers said there are far more transfers done from the Highway Department every claims run than what is necessary to bring before the Council. Council President Kramer said this is how they have budgeted since before he came onto Council. He asked Auditor Rogers to create a letter spelling out how it should be done, and he will sign it. Councilor Crabb said this is not an efficient way of doing business.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway Department

$34,250.39 Bridge 183 Bridge Repair

1135.64110.000.0000 1135.40104.000.0000

$14,067.24 Bridge 237 Bridge Repair

1135.64170.000.0000 1135.40104.000.0000

$23,400.00 Bridge 237 Bridge Repair

1135.64170.000.0000 1135.40104.000.0000

$13,401.33 Workers’ Compensation Gas & Oil

1176.34200.000.0531 1176.22101.000.0531

$ 9,495.93 Liability & Casualty Ins. Gas & Oil

1176.31103.000.0531 1176.22101.000.0531

 

Councilor Clear made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ORDINANCE MODIFYING WHITE COUNTY LOCAL INCOME TAX RATES

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE County Council of White County, Indiana to modify the local income tax rates imposed in the following way:

Allocation Rate Category

Existing LIT Rate

Proposed LIT Rate

Certified Shares (IC 6-3.6-6)

1.00%

2.00%

Public Safety (IC 6-3.6-6)

Economic Development (IC 6-3.6-6)

0.25%

0.25%

Property Tax Relief Rate1 (IC 6-3.6-5)

0.07%

0.07%

Special Purpose Rate2 (IC 6-3.6-7-__)

Correctional or

Rehabilitation Facilities3 (IC 6-3.6-6-2.7)

The local income tax rates proposed above will become effective on January 1, 2019.

Property Tax Credit Allocation Categories

(IC 6-3.6-5-6)

Existing Percent

of Revenue

Proposed Percent

of Revenue4

All Property Tax Allocation Categories

1% Allocation Type

Homesteads eligible for a credit

under IC 6-1.1-20.6-7.5.

100%

100%

2% Allocation Type

Residential property, agricultural land, long term care property, and other tangible property eligible for a credit under IC 6-1.1-20.6-7.5.

3% Allocation Type

Nonresidential real property, personal property,

and other tangible property eligible for a credit under IC 6-1.1-20.6-7.5.

Residential property, as defined in 6-1.1-20.6-4

The local income tax increase will help make up property tax losses due to the lower State Agricultural land assessments and tax caps. The assessment rate will continue to decrease for at least the next two years. Auditor Rogers said our local income tax rate has not been increased since it was implemented in 1973.

There being no objections to the proposed modification, Councilor Anderson made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2018-03 to increase the White County local income tax by 1% beginning January 1, 2019. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

BOARD MEETING REPORTS

White County Area Plan Commission (APC): Councilor Annis said the APC plans to keep Area Plan Director Rogers around for however long it takes to get the Office in order. He said it may be necessary to hire an office administrator as well. Councilor Annis is on the newly formed committee that is working on a transition plan. Councilor Carter asked if the administrator would be a temporary position. AP Director Rogers said 5 years ago he hired an administrative assistant who would work between himself and the Office staff. Because the pay for that new hire was at a clerical rate, it did not attract the type of person needed, and that person left. Director Rogers said all the Elected Officials have a First Deputy. An administrator would bridge the gap if there was a change in Directors, much as a first deputy does in an Elected Official’s office. With the fluidity of his Office, he may need to hire an office administrator quickly and would like the Council’s support in advance. He has the support of the APC and the Commissioners, but it’s the Council that would approve the higher pay position. Auditor Rogers stated the job office administrator job description already exists with the base pay at the bottom of level one. Councilor Crabb asked if the administrator would become the Director after a few months. Director Rogers said no, although after five years, perhaps. Councilor Davis told Director Rogers to do whatever needs to be done. Council President Kramer agreed. Councilor Davis asked if Director Rogers had someone in mind for the administrator position. The answer was yes. Director Rogers said the sign amendment needs to be taken care of, but he doesn’t want to begin a project and end in the middle for someone else to start all over.

Director Rogers said Councilor Carter had asked him a few months ago to take the updated Innkeepers Tax Ordinance through the State approval process. Director Rogers did a revenue analysis and a summary of changes he wanted to make and gave a copy to Senator Buchanan. Senator Buchanan is running it by the Administrative Services to find out the specific language they would recommend, and he will take it to the next session to be discussed.

 

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

Council President Kramer said one Library and all the other Board appointments will need to be filled except for the one Councilor Crabb is on. Councilor Anderson said he would like to be on the 911 Board that Councilor Clear will be vacating. He said he has been going to the Airport’s meetings, and he feels like someone from Council should be in attendance to stay informed. Jan Faker said she would be interested in the Area Plan Commission. Council President Kramer said to be thinking about where all the Councilors want to serve.

 

PAYROLL REQUESTS

Auditor Rogers said the IT Department hired Seth Keyes as part-time, and the Jail hired David McIntosh as a full-time Corrections Officer.

 

STATE FORM 1782 FOR 2019 BUDGET

Auditor Rogers said she received a preliminary 1782 notice from the State. It shows a need to decrease the Highway Department budget by approximately $259,000. She would like the Council to look at the budget she provided to them and determine where they believe cuts should be made. The authority and responsibility to do so falls on the Council.

SPECIAL MEETING FOR TAX ABATEMENT

County Attorney George Loy stepped into the Council meeting and said he must advertise ten days before the public hearing for the Confirmatory Resolution for the ERA takes place. The Council agreed to meet October 31, 2018 at 10:00 am.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to bring before the Council, Councilor Davis made a motion to adjourn. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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