Combined Regular Session – Work Session of the County Council Tonight

25 Feb

Tonight, the Monroe County Council will conduct a brief regular meeting at 5:30PM in the Nat U Hill Room, to hear one item of business (creating budget lines, and possibly appropriating the funding from the $2M infrastructure general obligation (GO) bond passed by the Council in late 2013. The following are the lines that will be created, which shows what the proceeds of the bond will be spent on:

  • 10.0014 Administration Costs
  • 30.0001 Bond Issuing Cost $ 80,000.00
  • 40.0001 Showers Building Repair 200,000.00
  • 40.0002 IT Infrastructure 176,000.00
  • 40.0003 Courthouse Waterproofing 600,000.00
  • 40.0004 Jail Remodel 270,000.00
  • 40.0005 County Vehicles 41,641.00
  • 40.0006 Voter Registration 20,000.00
  • 40.0007 Archive Project 20,000.00
  • 40.0008 Proximity Locks/Fire Suppression 35,000.00
  • 40.0009 Jail Control Panel 222,000.00
  • 40.0010 Siren 25,000.00
  • 40.0011 Ambulance 100,000.00
  • 40.0012 Solar Thermal System 160,359.00
  • 40.0013 Karst Connection Trail 50,000.00
  • Total: $2,000,000.00

Public comment will be taken at the beginning of this regular session.

After the regular session is adjourned, the council will meet in a work session. As always, although public comment isn’t taken at work sessions, they are open to the public (and we welcome members of the public!). The following items are planned to be discussed at this work session:

  1. Resolution for Replacement of Lost Personal Property Tax Revenue 
    The council will consider a resolution requesting that the Indiana General Assembly take no action this year regarding exempting business personal property from taxation, but rather take the time to come up with a more comprehensive property tax reform solution. The resolution also requests that IF the General Assembly does take action this year, that the state simultaneously provides a replacement for the lost revenue.
  2. AIC Debrief
    Council members will provide comments and discussion related to the Association of Indiana Counties Legislative Conference, in which 5 County Council members participated last week.
  3. Brief Discussion of Public Defender PERF Payments
    This is a brief follow-up to ongoing discussions about a mandate from the Public Defender Commission to equalize the compensation between the Chief Public Defender and the Prosecutor (as well as between their chief deputies). The Council has discussed the equivalence of salaries in the past, and at last month’s meeting, raised the salaries of the Chief Public Defender and his chief deputy to match their counterparts in the prosecutor’s office. This discussion will focus on the degree to which their benefits are equivalent. Currently, the County pays the 3% employee contribution to the PERF retirement fund on behalf of all county employees who are in the PERF program (including the Chief Public Defender). The State pays the Prosecutor’s 3% employee contribution. However, the County is not required to at this point, and the issue has been raised that if the Public Defender Commission is going to mandate that benefits, as well as compensation be equal, then the Commission should mandate that ALL counties pay the 3%, not just those that voluntarily pay it today.
  4. Technical Services Update
    Commissioners Administrator Angie Chalfant will provide a brief update to the Council on plans for the Technical Services department, which has seen substantial staff attrition recently and has multiple vacant positions.
  5. Plan Commission Compensation
    The Council will continue previous discussions on increasing the compensation for Plan Commission members, who spend many hours each month in meetings and need to drive all over the county to visit sites.

Attached is the official agenda as of yesterday evening. The Plan Commission Compensation issue did not make it on the agenda before it was distributed.

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