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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 July 18, 2005 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

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

James H. Mann Richard G. Horton Kevin L. Crabb

Ronald Schmierer Faye L. Lowring Dennis E. Carter

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

MINUTES

Councilman Horton noted two name misspellings in the June 20, 2005 minutes. Councilman Crabb made a motion to accept the June 20, 2005 minutes, as corrected. Councilman Horton seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

White Circuit Court 1500.00 001-04-01-10 001-04-01-011

Petit Jury Pauper Attorney

3441.16 001-04-01-10 001-04-02-02

________ Petit Jury Law Books

TOTAL 4941.16

White County Veterans’ Affair 100.00 001-24-03-02 001-24-04-01

Telephone Flags for Veterans’

________ Graves

TOTAL 100.00

White County Probation 5000.00 019-01-03-04 019-01-01-06

Transitional Part Time Salary

________

TOTAL 5000.00

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

BUDGET HEARINGS

Auditor Pool passed out Budget reports of all the various Departments to the Council members so they can look them over in advance of the hearings. She explained the $8,734,353.00 figure is the total amount requested for the entire White County General Fund. That is the figure the Council will be working to cut back during the budget hearings in August.

Council President Mann explained how the procedure would flow to the new members of the Council. Each Office Holder will present his/her budget to the Council and the Council will review it item by item, ask questions, and make adjustments. After interviewing each Office Holder, the Council will further review the budget figures to see if further reductions or increases are warranted.

Councilman Carter and Schmierer shared information from a recent speaker they heard in Delphi, a Purdue Professor from a strategic planning group who spoke about County Financing. The professor said that White County is in pretty good shape, and only used a small amount of cash from the landfill. Other counties are in a sad state. There was concern among the Council Members about the 10%-12% tax rate increase the State plans to implement in the next two years because of the schools. Moreover, the State plans to cut back the Counties’ revenue by 7%. According to the professor, there will be annual increases instead of one big one every four years.

Councilwoman Lowring also brought up her concern about having no money to replace the lack of inventory tax. Using CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) money will be one option. Another point of concern Councilman Schmierer mentioned was anytime there is another County vehicle purchased there also must be insurance purchased. The County used to just pay mileage. Councilman Crabb noted that private businesses are going back to just paying mileage. Auditor Pool said the County pays 28 cents a mile and employees are griping about that. The State pays 34 cents a mile. Councilman Schmierer stated the main conclusion of the Council when he said they would have a pretty hefty project ahead of them in the hearings.

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff John Roberts requested an additional appropriation of $40,000.00 for Garage & Motors due to maintenance and gas. As of June 15th, the Sheriff’s department has spent $24,500.00 in gas and almost $24,000.00 in maintenance. Sheriff Roberts wondered if we might be better off hiring our own County mechanic. He says they have 14 cars now. They receive three vehicles a year, but the older ones that have over one hundred thousand miles are falling apart. The animal control truck has over two hundred thousand miles.

Due to the Sheriff’s Department being hit by lightening, they need to purchase surge protectors. Mr. Ray Franko, who is in charge of computer maintenance, passed out information with prices for new surge protectors with battery back up for $6,269.00 each, including labor.

Councilman Crabb suggested that the Sheriff’s Department talk with the people who worked on their building at REMC because they’ve been hit several times and have had extensive work done to better protect their building.

Councilman Crabb made a motion to transfer $6,269.00 from the Cum Building Fund to cover the cost of the six surge protectors with battery back ups. Councilman Dennis Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

There being no more business to come before the Council, Councilman Crabb made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES H. MANN, PRESIDENT RICHARD G. HORTON RONALD SCHMIERER

_________(absent)___________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS D. CAIN KEVIN L. CRABB DENNIS E. CARTER

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR