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.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
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.
DETAIL SCHEDULE FOR BUDGET WORK SESSIONS
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.
GENERAL FUND REVENUES
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
Gross Receipts Rental Tax
Beer & Wine Licenses
Payments in Lieu of Taxes
Cable Franchise Fees
Indirect Cost Revenues
Register of Deeds Revenues
Court Facilities Revenues
Detention Center Revenues
Emergency Management Revenues
Fire Services Revenues
Animal Control Revenues
Criminal Justice Partnership
Property Addressing Revenues
Soil & Water 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
Rural Operating Assistance Program
Department of Social Services Revenues (review deferred)
Juvenile Justice Grant
Veterans Services Revenues
Sale of Fixed Assets/Materials
Fund Balance Appropriated
DEPARTMENT OVERVIEWS (Expenditures)
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