STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF HENDERSON                                                                                                        MAY 24, 2004


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 11:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Conference Room of the Henderson County Office Building. The purpose of this meeting was a FY 2004-2005 Budget Workshop.


Those present were:  Chairman Grady Hawkins, Vice-Chairman Larry Young, Commissioner Bill Moyer, Commissioner Charlie Messer, Commissioner Shannon Baldwin, and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn. 

Also present were:  County Manager David E. Nicholson, Budget and Management Director Selena Coffey, Assistant County Manager Justin B. Hembree, and Budget and Finance Director J. Carey McLelland.



Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order at approximately 11:32 a.m. and welcomed those in attendance.  The start of the meeting was delayed because the Board held a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. (NC DOT Secondary Road) which lasted until almost 11:30.


Chairman Hawkins recognized David Nicholson to begin the presentation.



Mr. Nicholson informed the Board that staff had prepared a revised schedule for up-coming budget work sessions and who would be present at each session to present their budget requests.  Copies were distributed at this time.  Mr. Nicholson reviewed the schedule with the Board.


Mr. Nicholson stated that Mr. McLelland, Ms. Coffey, and Mr. Hembree had spent substantial time working on this budget.  He recognized Mr. McLelland to begin the review.



Carey McLelland began review of the general fund revenues behind Tab #1 in the budget notebook.   He deferred review of the Public Health Department’s revenues, pages 1-6 through 1-10 and Department of Social Services revenues, pages 1-11 through 1-13, as these two departments will address the Board on May 25, at the next budget work session.  General Fund Revenues include the following:

                        Ad Valorem Taxes

                        Local Option Sales Taxes

                        Excise Taxes

                        Gross Receipts Rental Tax

                        Beer & Wine Licenses

                        Payments in Lieu of Taxes

                        Cable Franchise Fees

                        Elections Revenues

                        Indirect Cost Revenues

                        Register of Deeds Revenues

                        Court Facilities Revenues

                        Sheriff Revenues

                        Detention Center Revenues

                        Emergency Management Revenues

                        Fire Services Revenues

                       Inspections Revenues

                        EMS Revenues

                        Animal Control Revenues

                        Criminal Justice Partnership

                        Property Addressing Revenues

                        Soil & Water Revenues

                        Planning Revenues

                        Land Records Revenues

                        Home Program Revenues

                        Economic Development Revenues

                        General Public Health Revenues (review deferred)

                        Home & Community Care Block Grant

                        Spectrum Youth Home Revenues

                        ABC Revenues

                        Rural Operating Assistance Program

                        Department of Social Services Revenues (review deferred)

                        Juvenile Justice Grant

                        Veterans Services Revenues

                        Library Revenues

                        Recreation Revenues

                        County Schools

                        Sale of Fixed Assets/Materials

                        Non-Departmental Revenues


                        Fund Balance Appropriated                 



Selena Coffey reminded the Board that the County Manager had recommended a 1.7% increase in the overall budget with no significant changes in operations.  She explained that a couple of things included in this budget related to the Strategic Plan were:  Funding for the growth plan.  Consulting funds for the growth plan and for the economic development effort. 


Selena Coffey began review of information behind the Tab entitled  “Departmental Overviews”, starting with page # 25. The following departments were reviewed/discussed:

           Governing Body (Board of County Commissioners & Clerk to the Board)

            Dues & Non-Profit Contributions

            Office of the County Manager

Human Resources Department, stopping with page # 28.


In the Budget Message, the County Manager recommended a Staffing/Salary Study (from the Strategic Plan – Fiscal Priorities). Funding has been included in HRD for that study and for implementation of the study results.  One is a needs assessment and the other is a compensation assessment.


Mr. Nicholson explained that we did not have the money to do that off the top of the budget.  He proposed that performance related bonuses not be used this year but rather go to fund the staffing/salary study.  He felt that employees would benefit more from the study than from individual bonuses.



Chairman Hawkins made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:27 p.m.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.






Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board                                   Grady Hawkins, Chairman