SECOND DAY OF ANNUAL SESSION
Johnstown, NY November 28th, 2018
Roll Call – Quorum Present Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 18 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Callery and Potter)
Chairman Groff called the meeting to order at 10:12 a.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Groff advised that the purpose of this morning’s meeting is to conduct a 2019 Budget review.
Chairman Groff then invited Finance Committee Chairman Richard Argotsinger to the dais to Chair the Budget Review session.
Chairman of Finance Committee Argotsinger thanked everyone present and said the oversight committees did a great job with the 2019 Budget. Every oversight committee stepped up and it was really appreciated. He also thanked the Finance Committee members and said that they had very productive meetings and as it stands with budget adjustments, the 2019 Tentative Budget is very close to no increase in tax levy. He also thanked Budget Director Kuntzsch and Deputy Budget Director Cowan and said “they both do a great job and without them, the Board would never get through the budget process”.
Mr. Argotsinger then asked Ms. Kuntzsch, Budget Director/County Auditor, to lead review of the 2019 Tentative Budget.
Ms. Kuntzsch provided a list of recommended adjustments from the Finance Committee for the Board to review.
Ms. Kuntzsch advised that the 2019 Average Tax Rate would be 10.91 per $1,000.00 at this point with the Budget Adjustments that were presented.
Supervisor Waldron made a motion to approve the list of recommended adjustments as presented on the handout by Ms. Kuntzsch, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried.
Supervisor Fagan asked if there was a summary of new positions in the 2019 Tentative Budget. Ms. Kuntzsch answered that it was on the second page of the budget booklet.
Ms. Kuntzsch then went over the 2019 Tentative Budget page by page. She began by reading the Fund Balance, Appropriated Fund Balance and Reserve amounts.
Supervisor Fagan made a motion to increase the Sales Tax Revenue from $14,850,000.00 to $15,000.000.00, seconded by Supervisor Wilson and carried (Supervisors Howard and Young were opposed).
Ms. Kuntzsch reminded Board members that this increase in the Sales Tax Revenue would also result in an increase for the payment for the SMART Waters Inter-Municipal Agreements.
Page 28 – Mr. Stead advised that the Sheriff had stated that the revenue for boarders for the jail was predicted to decrease in 2019. Supervisor Fagan asked Ms. Kuntzsch what the year-to-date revenue was in the A.3110.3150-2260 – REV – Public Safety Services-Other Governments. She answered it was approximately $332,000.00, not including December revenue.
Supervisor Fagan made a motion to increase the A. 3110.3150-2260 – REV – Public Safety Services-Other Governments Account from $300,000.00 to $325,000.00, seconded by Supervisor Young and carried. (Supervisor Groff opposed).
Mr. Stead advised that the Raise the Age mandate took effect in October of 2018. He explained that Fulton County has had its first secure detention youth due to this new mandate. It will cost Fulton County $1,900.00 per day for this 17 year old offender and he will likely be in the system for 21 days. The cost could total $40,000.00 for just this one youth offender.
Mr. Stead further advised that due to the new mandates for Indigent Defense, there may be additional expenses coming in 2019 for this and a budget amendment may need to be done, but numbers are not known at this time.
Ms. Kuntzsch then reviewed all new positions proposed for 2019 in the Tentative Budget and asked if any Board members had a concern or question. None were received.
Supervisor Fagan made a motion to apply $322,000.00 in fund balance, or whatever amount is necessary, to achieve a 10.76 average county rate per thousand to reach the same average rate as 2018, seconded by Supervisor Waldron, unanimously carried.
Ms. Kuntzsch explained that she would have to speak with the Treasurer and agreed to have updated figures for the Board at the 1:00 p.m. Board Meeting.
Mr. Stead asked Ms. Kuntzsch to recap the Fund Balance in the 2019 Tentative Budget. Ms. Kuntzsch explained that information was in the budget booklet on Page 9 and that the County applied approximately $3.1 million in Fund Balance in 2018.
Supervisor Lauria made a motion to remove the pay raises for the Board Members, seconded by Supervisor Handy.
Mr. Stead advised that that could not be done at this time. A separate proposed Resolution was on the Board Agenda for formal action later today. (No action taken)
Mr. Stead advised that the Finance Committee would have to meet briefly today to approve the Apportionment Resolution. It was the consensus of the Finance Committee to meet at 12:45 p.m. today.
Chairman Groff called for a recess at 11:27 p.m.
Chairman Groff called the meeting back to order at 1:00 p.m. (Supervisor Callery entered the meeting at 1:00 p.m.)
Chairman Groff asked if anyone was present who wished to address the Board. There being no one, Chairman Groff asked for the reading of the Communications
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REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
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Chairman Groff advised that the Finance Committee did a great job with the 2019 Tentative Budget.
Resolutions on the Regular Agenda were then deliberated upon.
A motion was offered by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Kinowski and unanimously carried, to waive the Rules of Order to take Action on Late Resolutions 489-490.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Argotsinger and unanimously carried, the Board entered Executive Session to discuss employment history of a contract at 1:16 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Selmser, seconded by Supervisor Waldron and unanimously carried, the Board re-entered Regular Session at 1:28 p.m.
Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding the Tentative Budget for the County of Fulton for Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2019 at 1:30p.m. No one present came forward.
Chairman Groff then commented that the Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget for the County of Fulton for Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2019 would remain open for a portion of the meeting for comments on the Budget.
Chairman Groff then called for a 15 minute recess at 1:31 p.m.
Chairman Groff called the meeting back to order at 1:45 p.m.
Chairman Groff again asked if there were any public speakers who wished to comment on the Tentative Budget for the County of Fulton for Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2019. Seeing none, Chairman Groff closed the Public Hearing at 1:46 p.m.
Resolutions on the Regular Agenda continued to be deliberated upon.
Supervisor Callery asked Ms. Kuntzsch what the Average County Tax Rate would be for 2019. She advised 10.76 per $1,000.00 and $250,000.00 in Fund Balance was used to achieve this rate.
She further advised that the total Fund Balance applied in the 2019 Budget is $3,251,000.00.
Supervisor Handy commented that those responsible for the 2019 Budget deserve a lot of credit. “It was another great year for Fulton County and good job Mr. Chairman”.
Mr. Stead commented that since the recession in 2007, the County has had to come up with a plan and County Department Heads have done their “level headed best” to keep expenses down. Much credit has to be given to them. (A round of applause was given).
Mr. Stead reminded Board Members that the Board Christmas party is being held on Friday, December 7. He advised that the next Board Meeting is going to be held on December 10 at 1:00 p.m. There would be a Finance Committee Meeting held that morning. Meeting notices will be mailed out. Also, there would be a special Public Safety Meeting needing to be scheduled in the mean time.
The Board recessed at 2:00 p.m. until Monday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Certified by: _________________________________________
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board