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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS 2009-2010 Budget …Final Adoption Tonight … Full Disclosure …. When Pigs Fly …

September 28, 2009 by Barbara

Dear Readers … Tonight at 5:01 pm in Jarvis Hall the Town Manager will read the LBTS budget for 2009/1010…The final budget…which has NOT been turned over to the Commissioners …and has not been updated during the process online (despite Comm. Silverstone’s assertion…only the 1st  proposed and final budget will appear per PIO D’Olivera)… leaving all but the Town Manager and staff to walk into the hall in the dark …OUCH!…

This writer is looking for more transparency …How on the one hand can the Manager ask for a 2.5% COLA for employees and then state she asking for an additional $16,000.00+ in salary for 2 employees for an increase  of 10 hrs…to a 40 hr. workweek?… The much touted 30 hr work week of Town employees is in need of a comparison (prev. post) to other municipalities for 40 hr. salaries …BUT …. this time comparisons to towns with similar populations unlike the comparisons they used for the fire assessment fees and procurement officers.  Staff chose much larger municipalities than the LBTS approx. 6000 residents… The promissory debts are gone…(with the GULP…huge penalties paid to cover the Town Manager -then Finance Director’s choice of getting them with  penalties)…and the Town Manager said at the last Commission meeting the employee wage increase for time was her “last change”…and the bottom line would not be changed…How is that possible with the debt paid off?… It is this writer’s opinion that the Town Commission needs to draft a new resolution that curtails the unilateral use of “unencumbered” monies left in the last 3 months of the fiscal year that are and can be used by the Town Manager for purchasing extras…The Town budget is to 95% and the leftover funds need Commission input!….The Town Commission should make sure the line item budget will remain in effect for the next year. It is also that itme of year again …to make a motion and vote to make the 2010 meetings at 7 pm (allowed)…to not make the major blunder of having the final budget on a Jewish Holiday…..an to put in place a 2010 Budget Review Committee….

Below are some NOT so fun facts and some questions from the new  budget ( proposed online  http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/ and justification sheets at(not on the Town site despite this writer’s asking they be included  http://heresthescooponline.com/

2009/2010…

GENERAL FUND REVENUES – SOURCES OF FUNDS

1. CARRYFORWARD FUND BALANCE … 2005-06 340,342.00/ 2006-2010 0…w

2. UTILITY TAXES …FPL – 2008-09 604,215.00/ 2009-10 617,337.00…WATER 2008-09 204,395.00/ 2009-10 249,055.00… TOTAL 2008-09 829,233.oo/2009-10 889,886.00

3.FRANCHISE FEES… FPL 2008-09 633,839.00/ 2009-10 674,846.00 …WASTE (Choice)…pg. 25…2008-09 $103,856.00 / 2009-2010 $109,565.00…NATURAL GAS 2008-09 33,275.00/ 2009-10 40,697.00….TOTALs …2008-09 772,993.00/ 2009-10 826,617.00

(pg. 27…. franchise tax garbage 3.76% residential and 10% commercial revenue generated helps defray the cost of drainage projects!)

3. LICENSE & PERMITS ….OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES 2008-09 57,708.00/ 2009-10 67,972.00…BUILDING PERMITS 2008-09 72,552.00/ 2009-10 63,920.00…FIRE REVIEW PERMIT FEES  2008-09 YTD 16,632.00/ 2009-10 33,264.00…ZONING PERMIT & FEES 2005-6 6,635.00/2006-07 11,605.00/ 2007-08 7,900.00/ 2008-09 9,305.00/YTD 600.00/ 2009-10 600.00…TOTALS 2008-09 142,527.00/2009-10 168,509.00

4 . INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE -POP. 6,278…RECYCLING ….Pg. 25 2005-06 9,615.00/ 20060-07 122,706.00/2007-08 117,790.00/ 2008-09 24,792.00 /2009-10 17,336.00…So how did we lose $100,000 in revenue in 2 years?….COMMUNITY BUS 2005-0660,563.00/2006-07 60,544.00/ 2007-08 59,120.00/ 2008-09 59,308.00/ 2009-10 43,758.00 …TOTALS….2008-09 1,144,989.00/2009-10 998,202.00

5. CHARGES FOR SERVICES  …FIRE INSPECTIONS 2008–09 0 YTD (HUH?) /2009-10 25,522.00…FIRE RESCUE TRANSPORT FEE 2006-07 962.00 …2005,2008.2009-10 0….VARIANCE FEES.. 2005-06 0/2006-07 3,000.00/ 2007-08 2,000/2008-09 2,000/ 2009-10 0…No VAriances expected for next yr?…

(5. cont.) PARKING …

PARKING PERMITS 2005-06 47,315.00/ 2006-07 57,649.00/ 2007-08 13,219.00/ 2008-09 20,043.00/ 2009-10 15,418.00 …

PARKING METERS…

BEACH 2005-06 69,731.00/ 2007-08 48,487.00/ 39,279.00/ 35,639.00/ 2009-10 31,814.00

EL PRADO 2005-06 159,323.00/ 2006-07 88,943.00/ 2007-08 819.00/ 2008-09 66,707.00/ 2009-10 59,541.00

TOWN HALL 2005-06 2,998.00/ 2006-07 130.00/ 2007-08 15,350.00/ 2008-09 2,998.00 / 2009-10 16,595.00

TOTALS…2008-09 134,668.00/ 2009-10 155,945.00

6. FINES & CITATIONS  PARKING FINES -ETEC 2005-06 450,544.00/ 2006-07 196,605.00/ 2007-08 146,379.00/ 2008-09 132,169.00/ 2009-10 158,733.00…FINES & TRAFFIC CITATIONS-BCC 2008-09 50,135.00/2009-10 44,100.00…CODE ENFORCEMENT FINES …2008-09 8,375.00/ 2008-09 YTD 28,983.00/ 2009-10 10,738.00….OTHER FINES & ALARMS 2008-09 0/ 2008-09 YTD 598.00/ 2009-10 897.00 ….TOTALS 2008-09 190,679.00/2009-10 214,468.00

7. MISCELLANEOUS…

INTEREST  2005-06 100,031.00/ 2006-07 468,394.00/2007-08 287,282.00/ 2008-09 234,197.00/ 2008 YTD 35,126.00/ 2009-10 52,689.00

INTEREST -EMERGENCY RESERVE  2005-06 32,698.00/2006-07 112,111.00/ 2007-08 33,019.00/ 56,055.00/ 2008 YTD 4,150.00/ 2009-10 6,225.00

RENT/ROYALTIES 2005-06 115,120.00/ 2006-07 78,523.00/ 2007-08 74,323.00/2008-09 39,261.00/ 2008 YTD 18,091.00/ 2009-10 0 …(the west warehouse…not rented out?)…

TOTALS 2009-09 406,512.00/ 2008 YTD 84,679.00/ 2009-10 87,181.00

8. Pg. 27…

FIRE ASSESSMENT FEE  “The Town anticipates collecting $1,008,596 in fire assessment fees, which is $8,111 more than fiscal year 2008/09 amended budget”…

UTILITY SERVICE TAX REVENUE ” Electric utility fees generate the majority of utility revenue. The Town expects to collect $889,886 in franchise tax revenue in fiscal year 2009/2010, which is $60,663 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget”

FRANCHISE FEES “The Town levies a 7% franchise tax for the consumption of electricity, natural gas and vehicle towing services. The franchise tax for the collection of waste is 3.76% for residential and 10% for commercial. Revenue generated from the waste franchise fee helps defray the cost of drainage projects.””Electric franchise fees generates the majority of franchise revenue. The Town expects to collect $826,617 in 2009/2010 which is $53,624 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”(2 different revenues for electric)

BUSINESS LICENSES AND PERMITS “The Town expects to collect $168,509 in licens eand permits in fiscal year 2009/2010 which is $25,982 more than in fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUES “In fiscal year 2009/2010 the Town expects to collect $998,202 in governmental revenues, which are $146,787 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

CHARGES FOR SERVICES

TENNIS COURTS increased 5%/ Parking Permits “reflect a slight increase”/”Town expects to collect $155,954 in Charges for Services during FY 2009/2010 which is $19,277 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

FINES AND CITATIONS ” Town expects to collect $214,468 in Fines & Citations during FY 2009/2010 which is $23,789 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE ” The Town anticipates collecting $87,181 in miscellaneous income during FY 2009/2010 which is $319,331 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget”

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND ” The Town expects to collect $2,656,785 in revenue during fiscal 2009/2010, which is $423,253 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS …POLICE LETF “The total revenue for fiscal year 2009/2010 is $12,000 which is $3,827 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.” / POLICE LAW TRAINING FUND ” The total revenue for fiscal year 2009/2010 is $1,500 which is the same from fical year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

SEWER FUND ” There is no rate change for fiscal year 2009/2010. The Town expects to collect $1,222,958 in revenue during fiscal year 2009/2010 which is $13,937 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget”

PARKING REVENUE IMPROVEMENT FUND ” The Town expects to collect $567,369 in revenue during fiscal year 2009/2010 which is $14,826 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

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JUSTIFICATION PAPERS….(the proposed…not updated)…

1. LEGISLATIVE & POLICY… 2009/2010 …salaries 61,499…fica 4,705…retirement 10,166 group ins. 12,039…

2. DONATIONS- NON PROFIT ORGS …those who came got what they did in 2008/09 and those not in Jarvis on 9/14 got bub-kiss per the Town Manager’s direction)

3. MUNICIPAL BUILDING -CHAMBER OF COMMERCE… # 520 MAINTENANCE  “MATERIALS” MGR PROPOSED A $31,000 addition for a new roof/ not neede and to finalize it will mean $31,000 for the Mgr. to use in the last 3 mos. of 2010…as unencumbered funds!..

4. EXECUTIVE -TOWN MANAGEMENT …2009/2010 salaries 546,035.00/overtime 3,000.00/ fica 42,0002.00/ retirement 73,233.00/ group ins. 62,244.00/ audit exp 55,00o.00 (2nd yr of 3 yr audit NOT approved by Comm. prev. post…a 5,000 on a 200,000 contract)/ Town Topics 24,562 (perhaps revised on final)/

5. TOWN ATTORNEY …473,000.00 9250,000.00 for Bert J Harris suit)

6. GENERAL GOVERNMENT…2009/2010 salaries 49,868.00/ fica 3,815.00/ retirement 4,912.00/ unemployment comp. 15,000.00/ ON THE PROPOSED…DEBT PRINCIPAL $232,039.00 & DEBT INTEREST $ 125,859,00 (PD.OFF on 9/15/09 …total of $300,000+ no negotiations!)

7. POLICE DEPARTMENT …$3,009483.00 (w/5% increase)

8. FIRE DEPARTMENT … 2009/10 salaries Fire Marshal 83,895.00 (now same person VFD Fire Inspector pd. by VFD )/ Fire Dept. Pensions 17,128.00/ fica 6,418,00/ group ins. 12,911.00/ contractual services Fire Services 877,783.00 (w/ 4% increase)/ Prof. Consultants pension actuarial (w/5% increase)5,046.00…pension auditor (w/5% increase) 5,046.00 /Capital outlay 2008/09 25,700…2009/10 0/ TOTAL $1,025,776.00

9.EMS-FIRE RESCUE….AMR 696,801.00 (w/4% increase)

10. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT … 2009/10 salaries 192,866.00/ overtime 1,580.00/ fica 14,876.00/ retirement 19,153.00/ Prof consultants 45,700.00/ OF NOTE…200809 & 2009/10 includes 4 cellphones …1 for Fire Marshal…former FM did not receive a cellphone/new FM is VFD Fire Inspector…does he need 2 phones 143.44 per mo.)/ Fire Marshall Training seminars 500.00 same as above

11. PUBLIC BUILDINGS… #640 EQUPTMENT & MACHINERY replace 7 bay doors for garage, plans & permitting 11,200…WHY?…why not just go ahead like the Manager did with the new shutters on Town Hall/ new windows and doors in the soon to be new development office (BSO present office)?

12. MUNICIPAL WORKS 2009/10 salaries 381,475.00/ overtime 5,000.00/fica 29,566.00/ retirement 38,068.00/ group ins. 72,810.00/ #250 UNEMPLOYMENT  see #519  can find NO #519 …

13. COMMUNITY STANDARDS  (Municipal under another name) 2009/10 salaries 260,613.00/ overtime 5,000.00/ fica 20,320.00/ retirement 28,756.00/group ins. 36,874.00/ prof. consultants 10,000.00 (more $$$ for Architect-planner -engineer also Devel. serv. 0 10,000.00/  contractual service street sweepers 38,428.00 (didn’t we buy the equipment?)/ground maint/landscaping  65,000.00

14. PARKING ENFORCEMENT  2009/10 salaries 90,603.00/ overtime 553.00/ fica 6,974.00/ retirement 8,979.00/ group ins 14,920.00/ Prof Consultants Magistrate Enforcement tech. 22,632.00/ service agreement handheld devices 2,400.00/ citation envelope & printing cost 1,875.00/ postage 428.00/ operating supplies camera, film 2,500.00

RECREATION contractual senior center 57,750.00/ childrens activity “center”34,000.00 (STILL NO LIFEGUARD-SWIM PROGRAM-VFD)/ CLOTTEY concert series 10,00.00/  money for events Halloween 4,000.00/ July 4th 40,000.00/Christmas By The Sea 5,000.00/Easter 3,000.00

15. BEACH  Contractor 162,720.00 (he said he lowered our cost when he got the 2009/10 contract)

16. INTER-FUND TRANSFERS  Capital Improvement Fund 1,568,485.00 (includes the Oriana million)..

This is the residents final chance to comment on the millage rate…the budget….and the process…

more to come…

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