Agenda for Tonight’s County Council Work Session (2013-09-24)

24 Sep

The following is the updated agenda for tonight’s County Council work session, starting at 5:30PM in the Nat U Hill Room of the Monroe County Courthouse:

CALL TO ORDER

II. REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION INFORMATION ABOUT TIF BOND

  • This is a general discussion about the proposed purchase of the Pain Real Estate building by the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission for Ivy Tech State College, to be used for its nursing program. The bond would be funded by revenues from the County’s West Side TIF district. The Council will vote at its October 10th meeting whether to send the project forward to the Redevelopment Commission for a public hearing and a final vote.

III. JOINT DISPATCH

  • This item is a request from the City to fund 3 dispatchers for the joint dispatch facility for 2013. Up until mid-2012, the County used to automatically split the wireless 911 revenues 50-50 with the City of Bloomington (by statute), which paid for 3 dispatchers. When the wireless and wireline 911 revenue streams were combined under a new statute, the statute that required the County to split the wireless revenue was automatically repealed effective July 2012, and payments to the City of Bloomington for their three dispatchers ceased. However, the wireless revenues come from phone users (wireless and wireline) both from within the City of Bloomington and outside. The City of Bloomington is requesting that, for 2013, the equivalent amount that would have been transferred to the City automatically before the statute’s repeal continue to be paid to the City to support 3 dispatchers.

IV. FIRST READING OF APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR 2013 GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND

  • The Council will read for the first time an ordinance appropriating up to $2M of proceeds from a General Obligation Bond, in order to provide for various capital improvements.

V. BUDGET RECAP

  • The Council will review the results of 2014 Budget Hearings, in order to determine whether or not further changes are made.

VI. PROSECUTOR DIVERSION USER FEES FUND

  • The Prosecutor’s Office relies heavily on the funding from Pretrial Diversion and Infraction Diversion to fund not only those programs but some basic services of the prosecutor as well. Reduced revenue and increased expense has left this fund potentially unable to meet payroll in late 2013. The Council will consider various remedies, including moving positions from Pretrial Diversion to General (and thereby increasing the budget).

VII. CASH FLOW/TRANSFERS FROM RAINY DAY TO GENERAL

  • The Council has made several large one-time expenditures from the General Fund, including $1.8M for the Unified Dispatch Center and $1M for the Johnson Hardware/Community Corrections building. The Council will need to discuss the overall cash flow of the General and COIT funds and discuss an amount to transfer from Rainy Day into General in order to restore its ability to pay for six months of expenses (in other words, to support the operations of county government in 2014 until the June property tax settlement).

VIII. RATES AND LEVIES

  • The Council will preview the tax rates and levies that it will be voting on during Budget Adoption Hearings on October 9th and 10th, 2013.

IX. ADJOURNMENT

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