SPECIAL MEETING, THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BREVARD COUNTY

PUBLIC HEARING

2007-08 TENTATIVE BUDGET AND MILLAGE RATE

August 2, 2007

 

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session to conduct a Public Hearing on the 2007-2008 Tentative Budget and Millage Rate on Thursday, August 2, at 5:30 p.m., at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida.  Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, July 5, 2007 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office. A copy of the advertisement that was submitted to FLORIDA TODAY for publication on Saturday, July 28, 2007 is filed in the Budgeting Department office.

 

OPENING EXERCISES

Chairman Robert Jordan called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. 

 

Members Present:  Robert Jordan, Larry Hughes, Janice Kershaw, Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy

 

BUDGET PRESENTATION

The Chairman recognized Superintendent Richard A. DiPatri who gave an overview of  the predicament that the School Board will find itself in this year due to the shortfall in anticipated revenue at the State level causing the School Board to cut 4 percent off the 2007-2008 budget which is approximately 12 million.  Dr. DiPatri introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services.  Ms. Preston presented an overview of the 2007-08 proposed millage levy and 2007-08 tentative budget, which included:

 

Budget Dilemma

Tax Roll History from 1999-2008

Millage Levy History & Rates

Proposed FEFP Millage

Actual Proposed 07-08 Millage Rates

Proposed Millage vs. Roll-Back

Tax on Residential Home Scenarios

2005-06 Expenditure

Proposed 2007-08 Tentative Budget

Operating Budget Revenue

FEFP Funding Issues

Student Growth

Personnel Statistics

Proposed Categorical Funding

Tentative 2007-2008 Budget

Operating Budget by Functional Category

Capital Projects Revenues & Expenditures

Next Steps

 

            A copy of the agenda and the slide presentation is posted on the district website and available in the budget office.

 

            Ms. Preston stated that staff would continue to review all line items prior to the final public            hearing, which is scheduled for September 6, 2007.

 

BOARD DISCUSSION

Chairman Jordan opened the floor for Board questions and discussion.

 

Ms. Kershaw asked how the reduction of the maintenance charge back in the budget would affect the facility plan. Ms. Preston responded that they would defer the payment for this one year out of the capital outlay. The money would stay in the operating budget and not be replaced over into the capital budget. Ms. Kershaw then asked if that would mean a reduction in maintenance services for this coming year. Ms. Preston stated that the maintenance services could continue status quo.

 

Dr. Murray requested a graph that is salary specific so the Board could see how salary affected the total budget. Ms. Preston took a moment to introduce Karen Strickland, Director of Planning, Budgets and Reporting, and then stated that they would get the requested information and include employee’s fringe benefits so that you would get a true cost of the labor in all their functional areas.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

A.     Proposed millage levy for 2007-2008

 

Robert Jordan opened the public hearing.  No individuals requested to address the proposed millage levy and the Chairman declared the public hearing closed.

 

B.     2007-2008 Tentative Budget

 

Robert Jordan opened the public hearing.  Anne Spencer, Rockledge, addressed the Board concerning teacher contracts, the Chairman declared the public hearing closed.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

The Chairman recognized Superintendent DiPatri who proceeded to read into the record the recommendation for the 2007-2008 millage rates, the tentative 2007-2008 budget and the Board authorization for actions to be taken by the Superintendent.

 

A.                 Adopt proposed 2007-08 millage rates of:

 

            Operating Fund:                 Required Local Effort                                         4.833

                                                     Local Discretionary                                            0.510

                                                     Supplemental Discretionary                                 0.188

            Capital Outlay                                                                                             2.000

            Total:                                                                                                          7.531

 

A motion was made by Ms. Kershaw with a second by Mr. Hughes to accept the 2007-08 millage rates.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

B.                 Adopt the 2006-07 Tentative Budget:

 

Operating                                                                     $590,965,852

Special Revenue                                                              77,100,306

Debt Service                                                                   46,310,129

Capital Outlay                                                                573,814,055

                             Subtotal                                                         $1,288,190,342

                 Less Transfers                                                                38,689,560

                             Total                                                             $1,249,500,782

 

                 Internal Service                                                          $  101,994,371

                 Enterprise                                                                  $    11,140,720

 

A motion was made by Ms. Kneessy with a second by Ms. Kershaw to adopt the 2007-08 tentative budget.   Motion carried unanimously.

 

C.                 Authorize the Superintendent to take the following actions:

 

1.   Notify both the Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector of the Proposed 2007-08 Millage and the following Roll-Back Rates.

 

Operating Fund Roll-Back Rates:

            Required Local Effort                                         4.9778

            Local Discretionary                                            0.7141

Capital Outlay Roll-Back Rate:                                        2.0088

                 Total Roll-Back Rate                                                      7.7007

 

2.       Notify both the Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector of the Final Public Hearing on September 6, 2007 at 5:01 P.M. at the Educational Services Facility, Viera.

 

 

3.       Adjust the revenues and expenditures, if necessary, prior to the final public hearing. 

 

A motion was made by Mr. Hughes with a second by Dr. Murray to authorize the Superintendent to perform the above actions.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Prior to adjournment of the Hearing, the following statement was read aloud by the Chairman:

 

THE PROPOSED 2007-08 MILLAGE RATE NECESSARY TO FUND THE TENTATIVE BUDGET IS LESS THEN THE ROLL-BACK RATE BY 2.20%.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:18 p.m.

                                   

 

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                                                                                                Chairman

 

ATTEST:

 

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Secretary and Superintendent of Schools