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Here’s The Scoop …The September 13, 2010 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Budget Workshop … Are All The Ingredients Inside? …

WHAT’S INSIDE THE PIE? …

Dear Readers …unfortunately some sort of snafu has taken place with the backup this week for the budget meeting on Sept. 13, 2010 at 6 pm …While the Resolutions are difficult to read the numbers are unreadable ….. This writer sent an email to PIO D’Oliveira to call his attention to the problem in order for the Town to address and correct the problem ASAP …. In the meantime… while I was lucky enough to get a copy from a Commissioner of the numbers they received in their backup to see what will make up this year’s budget “pie”…and how big a slice will go where…the fax provided is still too small to decipher the exact figures…so please don’t hold me to the totals if they are not 100% accurate …They will be updated when they are available on the Town website and can be zoomed in on!….

TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA

TOWN COMMISSION

SPECIAL PUBLIC HEARING

MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010
AT 7 PM IN JARVIS HALL

AGENDA BACKUP DOCUMENTS

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. PUBLIC COMMENTS

4. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

5. RESOLUTIONS – PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. RESOLUTION 2010-26 – Adopting Final Fire Assessment

BC- The fire assessment will remain at the $130 figure decided on last year for 2 years in order to avoid return special meetings from Burton and Assoc. (prev. post) …They will return next year and we will need to revise the amount up or down depending on what happens with the current service…

In the background we are hearing there might not be the $700,000 VFD budget with the rest going into a Town controlled apparatus account as we thought …The TM has met with the VFD a few times and according to her 9/14/2010 report met again with them on Friday (9/10) …Her backup states “we discussed ways that they could reduce their budget to conform with the Commission’s request that the budget not include the 4% increase they first requested. I will bring back their revised budget to the Commission for discussion once I receive it.”.. That language does not sound like the $700,000 discussed at the last budget meeting..it sounds like the same amount as last year or roughly $900,000…We also heard the $900,000 was the figure discussed at a meeting held by the VFD last week…Hmmm…

Mon. the 13th we hear is also when the VFD will vote for the new permanent Chief (Acting Chief Steve Paine vs. Dep. Chief Joe Padden) and we are told the Dep. Chief position has former Capt. John Louvaris a candidate …No word if Dep. Chief Padden loses his bid to become Chief he will then throw his name in for Dep. Chief at the meeting as he is allowed to do …

The TM in her report for the 14th also states the VFD “are proceeding with plans to incorporate certain minimum qualifications standards into their by-laws as recommended by the Town’s consultant to assure volunteers have the training and certification generally required of professional fire officers these days.¬† The Board is also proposing to the membership that the Fire Chief and the President of the VFD be elected for a two year term rather than a one year term.”…..We are told the changing of the by-laws should take 3-4 months under the current rules and require 2 votes of the membership?…Those changes used to be brought to the Commission as well…Will they this time?…

b. RESOLUTION 2010-27 – Adopting Tentative Millage

BC-The Resolution is for the 4.0900 millage rate voted 4-1 (Comm. Clottey voted no)….The vote was for the higher rate due to the standard practice of not being able to raise it once it is set…and always being able to lower it as stated by VM Dodd at the first meeting and reiterated by Comm. Sasser and Mayor Minnet at the following meeting …with VM Dodd and Comm. Sasser emphasizing their final vote would be to retain the 3.9990 …which we suspect will still be the case…The question will be if Mayor Minnet and Comm. Vincent will vote to retain it as well…Comm. Clottey by casting her no vote should join them to keep 3.9990 unless she did an about face in the interim…

c. RESOLUTION 2010-28 – Adopting Tentative Budget

BC- The Acting Finance Director, Doug Haag provided a letter to the Commission via the TM stating the budget summary for this resolution “reflects only the changes that you agreed to at the commission meeting in August and the resolution calls for the 4.0900 millage rate we got at the meeting.” He went on to add they are “still working on a variety of budget issues”…Those include the VFD budget, heath insurance premiums, parking revenue analysis and capital improvement plan.”…He adds “and the reductions necessary to allow us to hold the millage at the current rate of 3.9990.”…He states “a final budget document reflecting the 3.9990 mills will be prepared for you to review at the commission roundtable on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 5:00pm. Assuming the Commission approves our recommendations, the resolution adopting the millage at the second and final budget hearing on Monday, September 27,2010 at 6:00pm will reflect the 3.9990 millage rate.”..

We hear many files are impossible to find in the aftermath of the previous Administration concerning insurance etc… This writer thinks the millage can be retained¬† in part by considering a past recommendation at a 2008 budget meeting made by John Thompson and sure to be enacted by other municipalities who have not done so already…That is for employees to be required to pay into the insurance they receive at a rate comparable to non-government workers …(if that has not been enacted behind the scenes already)…Parking revenue can increase by ridding the Town of the current restrictive parking requirements for businesses and allowing for metered parking along El Mar Drive as has been put forth …The VM found some informative ideas as well to aid in the parking revenue and update the antiquated meter problems throughout the town …Capital improvements will need to be fleshed out by this Commission/Administration both short-term and long-term…

The 2010/2011 proposed budget figure totals with the 4.0900 millage…

Note: they were done trying to decipher the accurate numbers from a faxed copy…with small print…so don’t hold me to them…

Revenues… Gen. Fund $10,233,659.00 /Spec. Rev. Funds $1,o20,751.00/Parking Imp. Fund $784,625.00/ Sewer Ent. Fund $1,246,695.00/Cap.Imp. Fund $2,470,425.00/ Memorandum Total 15,756,156.00

Expenditure/Expenses Gen. Fund $10,233,659.00/ Spec. Rev. Funds $1,020.751.00/ Parking Imp. Fund $784,625.00/Sewer Ent. Fund $1,246695.00/ Cap. Imp. Fund $2,470,425.00/ Memorandum Total $ 15,756,156.00

Reserves with the 4.0990 …cannot be deciphered …

6. ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2ND AND FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON MILLAGE AND BUDGET

BC- attached was the announcement it will be at 6 pm on Sept. 27, 2010 in Jarvis Hall and will allow for one last chance for taxpayers to be heard before the FY 2010/2011 budget is adopted…

7. ADJOURNMENT

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The meeting will be on Comcast ch. 78 /Town website livestream and then archived …http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

more to come…

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