Final Budget Hearing: September 19, 2019

Final Budget Hearing: September 19, 2019

Final Public Budget Hearing
September 19, 2019
5:01 PM

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Dr. Michael Weiss
Tracey Zudans Barbara Bodnar
Karen Deigl


EXCUSED: Ann Marie McCrystal

STAFF: Ann Marie Suriano Jennifer Frederick
Kate Voss Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

OTHER ATTENDEES: Michelle Genz Myra Weiss

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 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Mr. Jones stated that the District has held several public meetings discussing the details of the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The most recent of these meetings was held September 12. Mr. Jones explained that the millage rate in the budget currently being proposed will reduced from .9122 to .8011. This proposed millage rate of .8011 will be lower than the rolled back rate by 7.53%. This also means the that proposed millage rate will be even be lower than necessary, to keep our revenues flat with the previous year given that there was a property value appraisal increase this year. Further, the District’s actual spending will be going down from the previous year even though the number of healthcare programs and services the District supports. Lastly, the reason for this reduction in spending and millage is primarily because less funds will be budgeted support the hospital, pursuant to the District’s agreement with Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, the County Health Department has withdrawn from providing primary care and dental services, and have not requested any funding from the District.

Mr. Jones stated that he would yield the floor to Ms. Cunningham to complete the process allowing for more Trustee and public comment, and ultimately adopting the budget resolutions as written or possibly amended based on the public or Trustee comment.

Ms. Cunningham asked for Trustee and public comment. Ms. Zudans asked for clarification regarding the funding set aside for the We Care Program. Currently the Trustees have yet to agree on how the funds will be allocated, but have included them within the proposed budget for FY 19-20. Ms. Suriano stated that whichever way the Trustees agree to disburse the funds, will have no effect on the millage rate. Additionally, there is money in the reserves should they wish to provide additional funding. Ms. Cunningham asked for any additional public comment and there was none.

Dr. Weiss made a motion to approve Resolution 2019-01 which adopts the millage rate of .0811 which was seconded by Ms. Deigl. Ms. Cunningham asked public comment and there was none. The motion carried unanimously.

Further, Ms. Deigl made a motion to approve Resolution 2019-02, which adopts the budget of $15,084,691. The motion was seconded by Ms. Zudans. Ms. Cunningham asked for public comment and there was none. The motion carried unanimously. Ms. Cunningham announced publicly that the millage rate of .0811, as a percentage of the rolled back rate, is 7.53%.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 PM