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,
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
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:
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
Proposed 2007-08 Tentative Budget
Operating Budget Revenue
FEFP Funding Issues
Proposed Categorical Funding
Tentative 2007-2008 Budget
Operating Budget by Functional Category
Capital Projects Revenues & Expenditures
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Special Revenue 77,100,306
Debt Service 46,310,129
Capital Outlay 573,814,055
Less Transfers 38,689,560
Internal Service $ 101,994,371
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.
Secretary and Superintendent of Schools