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BE IT REMEMBERED that a regular meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building at Monticello at 9:00 A.M. on April 16, 2007 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

 

Council President, Richard Horton, called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were present:

 

Richard G Horton Kevin L Crabb Gary W Hendryx

Dennis E Carter Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr

Dennis D Cain

 

 

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilman Kramer said the word employee under Compliance Update should read employ. Secretary Nydegger said the minutes to be signed had already been corrected. Councilman Kramer made a motion to accept the March 19, 2007 minutes as corrected. Councilman Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

ASSESSOR $25,000.00 Fund 127 127-1000-3-10

New Re-assessment 2006 Trending Contract `06

 

Assessor Karen Hatter said 2006 was the first year for trending, and the Assessor’s office has 822 appeals. The office had not anticipated such a large number of appeals. Scott Voss, Project Manager from Manatron, who did the trending for the Assessor’s office, is doing about 20 appeals a day. These are just preliminary meetings. Working with appeals is over and above what the contract was written for (which was $1.00 per parcel). The cost to have his assistance on appeals is $500.00 a day. There is no money left in the Trending Contract Fund. Ms. Hatter has figured it will probably take fifty days to complete the process for a total of $25,000.00. The money is in the New Re-assessment Fund, and she is requesting the money be transferred to the Trending Contract.

Councilman Carter made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilman Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

AMOUNT FROM TO

HIGHWAY DEPART $25,000.00 4-402-1-11 4-402-2-31

Truck Drivers Stone

 

$40,000.00 4-402-1-12 4-402-2-31

Equipment Operators Stone

 

$50,000.00 4-402-1-13 4-402-2-33

Laborers Bituminous

 

$15,000.00 4-402-1-16 4-402-2-33

Drag Operators Bituminous

 

$10,000.00 4-404-1-11 4-402-2-33

Mechanics and Welders Bituminous

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TOTAL $140,000.00

 

Councilman Kramer made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE County Council of White County, Indiana that for the expenses of said Municipal Corporation the following additional sums of money are hereby appropriated and set apart out of the fund. Herein specified and subject to the laws governing the same.

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Salary & Insurance $38,443.36 $38,443.36

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Total $38,443.36 $38,443.36

 

Prosecutor Robert Guy said he is still pursuing a grant to cover the costs, but it’s not looking optimistic. In the meantime, the funds will be exhausted by the end of April. Council President Horton said the Rainy Day Fund has approximately $437,000.00 the appropriation could be made from.

Councilman Kramer made a motion to allocate the above funds from the Rainy Day Fund. Councilman Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Councilman Kramer made a motion to amend the salary ordinance to provide for the new line item for the Drug Enforcement Officer. Councilman Hendryx seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

REQUESTED ALLOWED

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Gas, Oil, Equipment & Repair $233,000.00 $233,000.00

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Total $233,000.00 $233,000.00

 

Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke said the money needed is in the State Motor Vehicle Highway Fund and needs to be appropriated to the Highway’s fund.

Councilman Cain made a motion to allocate the above funds. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

Council President Horton said Gerald Cartmell, whom the Council appointed to the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, is already serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). He can not serve on both boards, and he chose to stay on the BZA. Therefore, (per e-mail sent to all the Council members in advance of the Council meeting), Kay Kiser is willing to serve, and she meets the qualifications.

Councilman Clear made a motion to appoint Kay Kiser to the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals. Councilman Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Miranda Bucy, representative of the State Department of Local Government Finance was invited to share information with the Council on raising tax revenue. Ms. Bucy said White County is now collecting .0531 of the maximum rate of .100 for the Cum Bridge Fund. The .0531 is at the rate cap, but can be reestablished for a higher starting rate. It is factored back for trending. For every millionth it is raised, it has to be taken from somewhere else, because it is part of the maximum levy (which has the general fund, the health fund, reassessment, the airport (which is coming out), Emergency 911).

There is also a Major Bridge Fund which has a starting rate of .0333. It’s a smaller starting rate, but it is outside the maximum. The money would not have to come out of an existing fund, and it can be used for the same thing. Cumulative Capital Development is also outside the levee and can be used for remodeling the Courthouse, a new computer system, etc. It can be used for a broader range of things than Cumulative Building. Either of these would be starting a new levee. Something to consider, however, is the 2% cap on taxpayers. The net tax bill has to be less than 2% of the gross assessed value. Each time a new tax is created, it pushes taxpayers closer and closer to that 2% maximum. (Example: My house is assessed at 100,000.00. My tax bill is $3,000.00. I’m $1,000.00 over. If 25% of my tax bill goes to the County, the County is losing $250.00 of revenue that would have been figured as being in the budget.) Each taxing unit loses proportionally from the amount that I was over.)

Council President Horton said this 2% circuit breaker was just passed last year. White County is not one of the Counties that will be severely impacted. Ms. Bucy said the 2% maximum only affects residential properties. In 2010 it will also include industrial. It appears the most often affected are rental properties because they don’t have any deductions to keep them under the 2% like someone who gets age, mortgage, and homestead deductions.

To proceed, it must be advertised, meetings held; then there is a remonstrance period, and finally the State holds a hearing. Carroll County just tried to raise Cumulative Capitol Development and had a huge negative response from the public.

Council President Horton said he thinks now may not be the best time to tackle this issue, due to the time frame of getting it accomplished and not being sure what tax decisions are going to be made at the State level. He also said Highway Department head, Steve Brooke, doesn’t need the money right now. However, there are White County bridges that are getting pretty old. Councilman Crabb said he doesn’t like the idea of taking away from another fund to raise the Cum Bridge Fund rate cap. The Council decided not to take action at this time.

 

SALARY CONTRACT

Council Members looked over the contract written up by County Attorney Loy between Mary Jo Pool and the County to assist in the development of schedules of compensation.

Councilman Crabb made a motion to accept and execute the payroll service contract with Mrs. Pool. Councilman Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Council, Councilman Clear made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

RICHARD G HORTON, PRESIDENT DENNIS E CARTER GARY W HENDRYX

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR