19 Oct Final Public Budget Hearing: September 27, 2018
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Final Public Budget Hearing
September 27, 2018
TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Dr. Michael Weiss
Allen Jones Ann Marie McCrystal
Tracey Zudans Barbara Bodnar
VIA TELEPHONE: Karen Deigl
STAFF: Ann Marie Suriano Jennifer Frederick
Kate Voss Jennifer Peshke, Esq.
OTHER ATTENDEES: Dan Bach Vicki Soule
Lundy Fields Pat Knipper
Jeanne Shepherd Miranda Hawker
Liz Bruner Bob Brugnoli
Ginger King Michelle Genz
Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham- Chairwoman
Mrs. Cunningham convened the Final Public Budget hearing of the Indian River County Hospital District (“IRCHD”) at 5:01 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to adopt a final budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Adoption of FY 2018-2019 Budget Resolutions 2018-03 and 2018-04 – Allen Jones, Treasurer
Mr. Jones provided a review of the budget process and his recommendations as Treasurer. On September 13, 2018 the District adopted a proposed millage rate increase of 8.02% as a percentage of the rolled back rate, which equates to an increase in ad valorem tax revenue for the 2018/19 budget year of $1,384,838. He further discussed the specific reasons for which ad valorem tax revenues are being increased which included potential expenditures for the closing of the Cleveland Clinic partnership, along with the increase of services at the Gifford Health Center. Additionally, many agencies have increased their funding request amounts due to an increase of patient volumes. Mr. Jones then asked for Trustee comment regarding the proposed budget.
Mrs. McCrystal spoke to the Mental Health Associations funding request for the School Violence Prevention Program. She feels this program would be an asset to the ninth-grade students it would support and that it is crucial to support mental health services, due to the nature of violence in schools over the last several years. She further stated that she believes Ms. Shepard clearly explained the School Districts support of this program as they are providing teacher and classroom time for the same. She recommended that the board fund this program in its entirety and made a motion to allocate $75,905 which was the total funding request made by MHA. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Cunningham and there was further Trustee discussion and Mrs. Zudans, Mrs. Bodnar, and Dr. Weiss, felt that the program was outside of the District purview and a matter of the School District. The motion carried 4-3 with Mrs. Zudans, Mrs. Bodnar, and Dr. Weiss in opposition.
Mrs. Zudans stated that she prepared two additional budgets for consideration by the Trustees. She explained that since the property values increased, she does not support any increase to the millage. She further reviewed her proposed budget by line item with the Trustees and made a motion to approve a millage rate of .8445. Dr. Weiss seconded the motion for discussion and the motion failed 1-6.
Mr. Jones made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-03 which adopts the millage rate of .9122. I was seconded by Mrs. McCrystal. He asked for public comment and there was none. The motion carried 6-1 with Mrs. Zudans in opposition.
Further, Mr. Jones made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-04, which adopts the budget of $15,880,620. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Cunningham. He asked for public comment and there was none. The motion carried 6-1 with Mrs. Zudans in opposition. Mr. Jones announce publicly that the millage rate of .9122, as a percentage of the rolled back rate, is 8.02%.
There was no public comment.
The meeting adjourned at 5:32 PM