Governing Board Public Budget Hearing, September 11, 2013

Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 
5:30 p.m.
Minutes: 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – 5:30 P.M.

Headquarters Library – Meeting Room A

401 East University Avenue

Gainesville, Florida

 

The Alachua County Library District Governing Board met for the first Public Hearing on the Budget.

 

PRESENT:   Chair Lee Pinkoson, presiding, Vice-Chair Susan Bottcher, Governors Charles S. Chestnut IV, Yvonne Hinson-Rawls, and Leanetta McNealy, Ph. D.

 

ALSO PRESENT:   Library Director Shaney T. Livingston, Assistant County Attorney William Harlan, Assistant Clerk/Finance Director Todd Hutchison, Deputy Clerk Bob Decker

 

The meeting was not televised.

 

Chair Pinkoson opened the meeting at 5:30 P.M.

 

I.       APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

 

          Governor Hutchinson moved to approve the Agenda.  The motion carried 6-0.

 

II.      INTRODUCTION TO THE HEARING ON THE LIBRARY DISTRICT’S BUDGET

 

Chair Pinkoson stated, “This is the Public Hearing as required by Chapter 200, Florida Statutes."

 

          “The proposed millage rate for operating purposes in the TRIM notice was 1.3638 mills which is less than the rolled-back rate of 1.3857 mills."

 

          “Citizens’ comments will be taken following the overview by the Library Director.  All citizens who wish to be heard should wait until the appropriate time when they will be individually recognized by the Chair.  This ensures that every citizen will be heard in an orderly manner.  I will identify each speaker and ask that speaker to address the Board.  In order to expedite hearing your comments, we request that speakers limit their comments to five minutes.  Please do not applaud or take other actions which might intimidate a speaker with a different point of view."

 

          “This hearing will continue until everyone who wishes to address the Governing Board has an opportunity to speak."

          “We will now begin with an overview by the County Attorney of the truth-in-millage legislation.”

 

III.    OVERVIEW OF TRUTH-IN-MILLAGE LEGISLATION

 

          Assistant County Attorney William Harlan stated, “In 1980, the Florida Legislature adopted what is known as the Truth-in-Millage legislation or TRIM, as it’s called.  The goal of the legislation was to ensure that taxpayers were advised of the public hearings at which the local taxing authorities’ budget and millage rates are considered and adopted.  Each year, the Property Appraiser completes an assessment of the value of all property and certifies to each taxing authority the taxable value of the property within its jurisdiction.  Each taxing authority then notifies the Property Appraiser of its proposed millage rate, its rolled-back rate, and the date, time, and place of the public hearing to consider the proposed millage rate and the adjusted tentative budget.  Once the Property Appraiser receives the information, he sends a notice by first class mail to every taxpayer on the assessment roll.  The notice contains the information from the taxing authorities as to the proposed millage rate and the time and place of the public hearing.  The notice sent to taxpayers is called the TRIM notice.  The TRIM notice lists what the taxes were for the prior year, what the taxes will be if the proposed budget changes are made, and what the taxes will be if no budget changes are made.  This information is listed for each taxing authority.  The notice also lists all voted levies for debt service.  The purpose of the TRIM notice is to provide taxpayers with sufficient basic information to enable them to participate in the public hearing process.”

 

IV.     OVERVIEW OF THE TENTATIVE 2012-2013 DISTRICT-WIDE BUDGET

 

          Library Director Shaney Livingston stated, “The proposed millage for the Library District Governing Board District-wide levy is 1.4588 mills.  The total operating millage for the general fund is 1.3638 mills which is less than the rolled-back rate of 1.3857 mills.  The total voted debt service on the District’s General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2011, is 0.0950 mills.”

 

V.      CITIZENS’ COMMENTS

 

          There were no citizens present who wished to provide comments to the Board.

 

VI.     ADJUSTMENTS BY MOTION TO THE RECOMMENDED BUDGET

 

          There were no amendments proposed by the Governing Board.

 

VII.    ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ROLLED-BACK RATE AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS

 

A.      Announcement of the Rolled-Back Rate

 

          Chair Pinkoson stated, “The tentative millage rate for operating purposes for the Library District is proposed at 1.3638 mills.  This rate is less than the rolled-back rate of 1.3857 mills described in Section 200 of the Florida Statutes.  The total tentative millage rate for the Library District will be 1.4588 mills.  We now need a motion to adopt the resolutions setting the millage rates and the budget.”

 

B.       Adoption of Resolution 13-05 Establishing the District-wide Tentative Millage and Resolution 13-06 Approving the Tentative District-wide Budget

 

          Governor Chestnut moved to adopt Resolution 13-05 establishing tentative millage rates.  The motion carried 6-0.

 

          Governor Hinson-Rawls moved to adopt Resolution 13-06 adopting a tentative budget.  The motion carried 6-0.

 

VIII.  ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE TIME AND PLACE OF THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING

 

          Chair  stated, “The final Public Hearing for the Library District will be Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. at the Headquarters Library, Meeting room A.  Are there any further questions or comments?”

 

IX.     ADJOURNMENT

 

          There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 P.M.

 

 

 

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J. K. Irby, Clerk to the Library

District Governing Board