Board Minutes - August 4-5, 2003

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County of Inyo

Board of Supervisors

Special Meeting – Budget Hearings August 4, 2003 through August 5, 2003

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, met in special session to conduct Budget Hearings at the hour of 8:50 a.m., on Monday, August 4, 2003, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Michael Dorame presiding, Linda Arcularius, Julie Bear, Ted Williams and Carroll M. Hambleton, Jr.   Supervisor Dorame provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Bear led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

Public Comment

The Chairperson announced the public comment period.   Mr. Ben Bonham of Lone Pine addressed the Board to question the water and sewer charges associated with his property in Lone Pine.  At the conclusion of his remarks the Chairperson, Supervisor Dorame, indicated that he would meet with Mr. Bonham regarding the matter. 

 

Budget Message

The County Administrator presented the FY 2003/2004 Budget Message.  Points made during the presentation included:

 

·                                 County Vision Statement

·                                 Inyo 2020 Goals

·                                 Budget Principles and Goals

·                                 Review of the Budget Format

·                                 Recap of the Budget including revenue and expenditure estimates

·                                 State Budget impacts

·                                 Fund balances

·                                 Policy Guidelines

·                                 Strategies to address impacts from State Budget

·                                 Downsizing process should reduction in the workforce be required

·                                 Outstanding issues, i.e.: medical retiree benefits (unfunded liability), MOU and the hiring freeze and

·                                 A review of the alternatives available to the Board regarding the Budget Hearing process and schedule.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the Budget Hearings at 11:25 a.m., reconvening at 11:40 a.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Budget Process

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to adopt Budget Process/Schedule Alternative No. 2 as identified in the County Administrator’s Budget Message.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Consent Agenda

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the following 2003/04 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Pg #

Budget Description

Pg #

Budget Description

 

 

7

13

15

17

19

21

23

24

26

33

35

37

40

43

47

49

51

53

57

59

62

68

72

75

78

80

87

90

94

102

104

106

109

111

113

115

119

122

124

128

132

138

146

149

152

157

162

166

169

175

178

185

 

Assessor

Auditor-Controller-Off Highway

Auditor-Controller-General Reserve

Auditor-Controller-Geothermal

Auditor-Controller-Economic

Auditor-Controller-Special Reserves

Auditor-Controller-Tobacco

General Revenues & Expenditures

Board of Supervisors

Constable

Coroner

County Administrative Officer-General

Economic Development

Purchasing Revolving

Insurance, Retirement, OASDI

Risk Management

Workers’ Compensation Trust

County Liability Trust

Public Defender

Disaster Services

Fish & Game

Acquisitions of Lands & Buildings-Gen.

Museum-General

County Library

Law Library

Parks & Recreation

Solid Waste

Used Oil Grant-8th Cycle

Inyo-Mono Transit

Older Worker-Title V/Training

County Clerk-General

Elections

Recorder-General

Recorder-Recorders Micrographic

Recorder-Recorders System

County Counsel

District Attorney

District Attorney-Safety

OCJP-DSTF

OCJP-VWAC

OCJP-SRVP

Bishop County Services

Solid Waste Enforcement Grant

Drinking Water Grant

Farm Advisor

Range Improvement/Lease Rental

Health

Child Health & Disability Prevention

Community Mental Health

Drinking Driver Program

Alcohol and Other Drug Services

California Children Services

 

188

191

199

201

203

205

209

213

217

222

226

230

234

239

243

246

254

257

260

266

272

275

277

286

289

291

293

295

299

304

307

313

318

322

329

331

333

335

337

339

344

347

352

354

357

360

363

365

368

371

374

376

 

 

California Children Services-Admin.

Social Services-General

TANF/CalWorks

Foster Care

General Relief

Work Investment Act-Program

Child Abuse Grant

Tobacco Tax Grant

AIDS Consortium Grant

Safe & Drug Free Schools & Communities

Maternal Child Health Grant

HIV/AIDS Master Grant

Women, Infants, Children Grant

Adolescent Family Life Grant

Community Family Resource Grant

Children & Families Commission

Yucca Mountain Oversight Grant

DV Regional Groundwater Monitoring

Probation-General

Public Administrator/Guardian

Maintenance-Buildings & Grounds

Acquisitions of Lands & Buildings-ACO

Deferred Maintenance

Bishop Airport Terminal Construction

Bishop Airport-Special

Bishop Airport Improvement Projects

Airports Fuel Tank Project

Bishop Airport Master Plan

Independence Airport-Special

Lone Pine Airport-Special

Shoshone Airport-Special

Independence Water Upgrade

Lone Pine Water Upgrade

Laws Water Upgrade

Laws RR Museum Rehabilitation Grant

Big Pine Lighting

Independence Lighting

Lone Pine Lighting

County Service Area #2

County Services Area #2-ACO

State Funded Road Projects

Congestion Relief

Sheriff Radio System

Sheriff-Safety Personnel

Jail

Jail-Safety Personnel

Jail-STC

Jail-CAD/RMS Project

Local Law Enforcement Grant

Treasurer/Tax Collector

Grand Jury

Veterans Service Officer

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the Budget Hearings at 12:20 p.m., reconvening at 1:40 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Budget/VLF Backfill

The County Administrator and the Board discussed the State’s proposal for funding Vehicle License Fees (VLF).  Mr. Mendez explained that the current proposal is for the State to suspend reimbursement of the first quarter VLF to the counties with the repayment to be made in 2006.  He explained that he is proposing that the County borrow the VLF shortage from Motor Pool Replacement and direct that when the State makes the County whole in 2006, that Motor Pool Replacement be paid back.  Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Williams to replace the shortages of VLF revenue with Motor Pool Replacement funds to be paid back as soon as possible.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Budget/Child Support Penalty

The Board and Staff discussed funding for the Child Support Services Penalty.  The County Administrator explained that (a) while Inyo County has successfully implemented a variety of State mandated computer programs for the Child Support Services Department, the State of California has not, (b) the Federal Government is penalizing the State for non-compliance; and (c) in turn the State is assessing 25% of the penalty to the individual counties. 

He went on to explain that the options available for payment of the penalty are: (1) to have the penalty paid from current Child Support resources or (2) pay the penalty from General Fund.   Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to direct that Child Support Services resources be used to pay the County’s portion of the State of California’s Child Support Services Penalty.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Budget/Library Vacancy

The County Administrator and the Board discussed the recommendation to leave a library position vacant for one-half a year in order to realize additional savings.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to direct that a vacant library position remain vacant for one-half a year in order to realize additional savings to the General Fund.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Budget/STC & Post Reimbursement

The County Administrator explained that currently the State is proposing to not reimburse counties for mandated STC and Post requirements.  He further explained that the CAO Recommended Budget includes funding for these requirements.  Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to direct that should STC and Post requirement reimbursements be realized from the State it be placed in Contingencies.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

SACPA Prop 36 Budget (Pg 182)

The Board and the County Administrator discussed the possible use of Prop 36 funds to offset Probation costs.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the SACPA Prop 36 FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator and direct staff to evaluate the use of these funds to optimize client services including offsetting probation costs if possible.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Ag Comm. And Weed Mngmt. Budget (Pg 1& 5)

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Agricultural Commission/Sealer and Eastern Sierra Weed Management Area Group FY 2003/04 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Child Support Services Budget (Pg 30)

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Child Support Services FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator, with the record reflecting that the State penalty payment is to be covered by this budget.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Personnel Budget (Pg 45)

Supervisor Arcularius asked about the increases in the service and supplies keys, with the County Administrator explaining that the increases are to cover pre-employment physicals, investigations and background checks as well as future recruitments.  Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Personnel FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Medical Malprac-tice Trust Budget (Pg 55)

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the Medical Malpractice Trust FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Information Services Budget (Pg 64)

The Board and Staff discussed the “Kassie Voice Mail System,” with the County Administrator explaining that the funding budgeted for the replacement of the system will only be used if the system fails.  Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Information Services FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motor Pool Operating - Motor Pool Replacement  (Pgs 84 and 85)

The Board and Staff discussed the formulas, which are used to calculate the Motor Pool  reimbursement rates for the various County budgets.  Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Motor Pool Operating and Motor Pool Replacement FY 2003/04 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Solid Waste Equipment Budget (Pg 92)

The Board and Staff discussed the status of the new solid waste equipment, with the Deputy County Administrator explaining that some of the equipment did not entirely meet the County’s specifications.  He went on to explain that Blaine Equipment, the Supplier, has been working with Integrated Waste Management Staff to bring the equipment into compliance, which must occur before approval for payment will be issued.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Solid Waste Equipment FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

IMAAA Budget

(Pg 97)

The Board and Staff discussed the recommendation for the County to waive payment of the $22,000 loan to the General Fund.  Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to waive the $22,000 IMAAA loan balance owed to the County General Fund.  Motion carried unanimously.

The County Administrator suggested that Staff be directed to explore the viability of using realignment to cover portions of IMAAA Program costs.  Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the IMAAA FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator, with the direction for Staff to look into the use of realignment for program services.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Juvenile Probation (Pg 263)

The Board and Staff discussed the status of a variety of projects including the upgrade to a commercial kitchen and the landscaping project.  The Board queried Staff on the possibility of using CDF crews to work on the landscaping project.  The County Administrator took the opportunity to update the Board on proposed changes in the use of CDF crews as a result of the State Budget.  He explained that the Prison Authority is now asking local jurisdictions for reimbursement at some level for using CDF crews.  Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Juvenile Probation FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Bishop Airport

(Pg 282)/

Independence Airport (Pg 297)/

L.P. Airport

(Pg 301)

The Board and Staff discussed potential charges at the Bishop Airport for fuel and hanger rent in correlation to those charged by the FBO at the Lone Pine Airport.  Mr. Jeff Jewett, Public Works Director, provided comparisons in the rates and explained that he did not feel that the differences were significant and would not cause an unfair competitive advantage to one airport over the other.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Bishop Airport, Independence Airport and Lone Pine Airport FY 2003/04 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Town Water Systems Upgrade Projects (Pgs 310, 315 and 320)

The Board and Staff discussed the conclusion of the final phases for the upgrade projects.  They also discussed the reserve balance, the proposals for the Lone Pine and Independence CSD’s to assume the responsibilities for their respective systems, and the need to increase fees in order to ensure reserves for unforeseen problems and seed money for CSD’s in the event the systems are transferred.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Independence, Lone Pine and Laws Water Systems Upgrade FY 2003/04 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator, and direct Staff to bring back at final budget recommendations for fee increases to recover program costs.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Sheriffs Budget

(Pg 349)

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Sheriff’s FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the Budget Hearings at 5:15 p.m., reconvening at 5:20 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Auditor-Controller-General Budget
(Pg 10)

The County Administrator explained that he concurred with the recommendations of the Auditor- Controller regarding the Department’s General Budget with the exception of the recommendation to increase a part-time position to a full-time position.  The Auditor-Controller, Ms. Leslie Chapman, provided additional information and further justification for the change in authorized strength.  She offered an alternative to the personnel change requested in the budget document, explaining that with the retirement of Ms. Virginia MacCleod, the Administrative Analyst in the Department, she was changing her request to reflect the following:

(a) the deletion of one full-time Administrative Analyst position at a Range 70 ($3,155 - $3,834),

(b) the addition of one full-time Account Technician I position at Range 55 ($2,219 - 2,697) ,

(c) the deletion of one part-time Bpar Office Assistant position at Range 44 ($1,722 - $2,096), and

(d) the addition of one full-time Account Clerk I position at a Range 43 ($1,682 - $2,045).

 

Ms. Chapman explained that by reducing the Administrative Analyst position to an Account Technician and changing a part-time Office Assistant position to a full-time Clerk position she would have the ability to offer her staff the opportunity for advancement while maintaining the degree of personnel strength needed to provide services.  She explained that the salary figures reflected in the CAO’s recommended budget were actually higher than the actual amounts of the salaries and that with the changes she was proposing there would be only a slight actual increase to the Net County Cost and a significant decrease to the costs reflected in the CAO’s recommended budget. 

 

Ms. Chapman went on to clarify that while she is willing to take a reduction in current staffing levels, that she would expect to make recommendations in the future to change the Account Technician position back to an Administrative Analyst position.  The Board thanked Ms. Chapman for her creative alternative.  Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Auditor-Controller-General FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator, and amended to include the change in authorized strength as recommended and presented by the Auditor-Controller.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Environmental Health (Pg 135)/ Animal Control

(Pg 140)/Mosquito Abatement

(Pg 143)

The County Administrator explained that he concurred with the Department’s recommended budget with the exception of the personnel action being requested.  The Board and Staff discussed future impacts to the various programs under the jurisdiction of the Environment Health Department with the departure of the Director, Mr. Bob Hurd and the Fiscal Supervisor, Ms. Yvonne Yarborough.  Mr. Hurd provided additional information and further justification for the Department’s request to reclassify one full-time Account Clerk III position (Range 51) to an Account Technician I position (Range 55), as well as the impacts which included the need to increase Mosquito Abatement Fees because of higher costs to provide services, increased services being required, and dwindling and/or depletion of reserves in the near future.  The Board thanked Mr. Hurd for his recommendations and expressed their concern with making changes in personnel prior to a new Director coming on board.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Environmental Health-General, Animal Control and Mosquito Abatement FY 2003/04 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning & Zoning Budget (Pg 250)

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Planning & Zoning FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Public Works/ Building & Safety/ Transportation

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Public Works, Building & Safety, and Transportation and Planning Trust FY 2003/04 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Road Budget

(Pg 341)

The Public Works Director provided additional information and notified the Board that the figures contained in the CAO recommended budget included funding for the two road positions which he was recommending be deleted.  He explained that he had recommended the deletion of the positions because he was concerned about the balance of Road Fund reserves. Mr. Jewett identified the fund balance as approximately $718,192, explaining that the amount was considerably less than in past years.  The Board and Staff discussed the potential ramifications of having such a low reserve balance, i.e. insufficient funds to address emergencies.  Mr. Jewett also responded to questions regarding the impact of losing the two road crew positions.  The County Administrator concurred with Mr. Jewett that the funding for the two proposed deleted positions were actually in the budget.  Mr. Jewett withdrew his recommendation to delete the two road equipment operator positions.  He went on to provide justification for the recommendation to reclassify an Office Assistant II position to an Account Technician position.  The County Administrator reiterated the reasons he was not supporting the reclassification.  

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Road FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator, and amended to withdraw the request for the deletion of one full-time Equipment Operator position and one full-time Heavy Equipment Mechanic/Operator position, which will not result in a change in the figures represented in the CAO’s Recommended Budget.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the Budget Hearings at 7:15 p.m., on August 4, reconvening on Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at 1:55 p.m., with all Board Members present to continue budget consideration.

 

Advertising County Resources

(Pg 379)

The County Administrator provided additional information and clarification on this year’s recommendations for funding the Chambers of Commerce, other Grants-in-Support recipient organizations and Coalition of Chambers.  He confirmed that he was recommending a 10% reduction from last year’s allocated amounts, except for the Visitor’s Center, the Film Commission and the Coalition of Chambers.   Mr. Mendez also explained that he had budgeted those organizations associated with tourism, i.e. the Chambers of Commerce, the Film Commission, the Film Festival, the Interagency Visitors Center, and the Coalition of Chambers in the Advertising County Resources Budget and the remaining organizations in the Grants-in-Support Budget.   Representatives from the Chambers of Commerce, and the Film Commission, then addressed the Board to provide an update on the activities of their individual Chambers and requesting that their allocations not be reduced.  The Board expressed their support of the Chambers and their efforts to improve the local economy through increased tourism.  The County Administrator identified an approximate amount of $40,000 should the funding levels be increased for Grants-in-Support recipients, explaining that unless savings were identified somewhere else in the budget, contingencies would be decreased to cover the increases. Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Advertising County Resources FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator and amended to restore the funding for those organizations identified in the budget to the FY 2002/03 funding levels.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Grants-in-Support (Pg 382)

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Grants-in-Support FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator and amended to restore the funding for those organizations identified in the budget to the FY 2002/03 funding levels.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the Budget Hearings at 4:25 p.m., reconvening at 4:50 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Water Budget

(Pg 385)

The County Administrator presented his recommendations regarding the budgets under the purview of the Inyo County Water Director.  Mr. Mendez, citing Inyo County Code Section 2.08.020 and 2.08.030, reviewed the powers and authorities under which he, as the County Administrator, derives his authority.  He identified processes, which were discovered in the Water Department, which put the General Fund at risk.  He went on to inform the Board that he would no longer be taking a “hands off” approach in these matters and that he would be monitoring the department activities which may jeopardize the General Fund and if necessary, with or without the concurrence of the Water Director, take whatever steps he deems necessary to ensure compliance and protect the General Fund.  The Board noted the non-appearance of the Water Director during the discussion of the Water Fund Budgets, with some Board Members expressing their dismay at not being informed by the Water Director of his planned extended absence from the County.  The Board suspended further discussion regarding this matter and requested that upon the Water Director’s return to the County a Department Head Evaluation be scheduled with the Director. 

The Board and the County Administrator went on to discuss the status of the Water Budgets and future funding and operations.  The County Administrator noted that his recommendation was to cover a major portion of the Water Director’s salary with Water Project fund balance.  He explained that this differed from the Department’s budget recommendation to have approximately $48,000 of the Director’s salary covered by the General Fund.  Mr. Doug Daniels, Water Department Program Manager/Administrative Services, reminded the Board that a past resolution identifies what portion of the Director’s salary is to be paid by the General Fund.  Mr. Mendez explained that his recommendation of funding only a little over $8,000 of the Director’s salary with General Fund would provide not only the needed savings to cover the increases in the Grants-in-Support allocations but also ensure that the Water Department expenditures were reduced similar to those reductions absorbed by other County Department budgets. Supervisor Hambleton reiterated his position that he wants the Water Department to operate within the funding allocation received from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 

The County Administrator and the Board then discussed the recommendation that the County Administrator present downsizing options for the Water Department to address future revenue losses. 

 

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Water FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Owens Valley Water Study

(Pg 389)

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the Owens Valley Water Study FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Salt Cedar Project (Pg 392)

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Salt Cedar Project FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

LORP-EPA

(Pg 395)

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Lower Owens River Project - EPA FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

EEM (Pg 397)

The County Administrator presented a minor adjustment to the EEM Budget, explaining that the change was to ensure that the Budget receives all of the funds available.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the Environmental Enhancement & Mitigation FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended and amended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Wildlife Conser-vation Grant 

(Pg 399)

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the Wildlife Conservation Grant FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Contingencies

(Pg 70)

The County Administrator recapped the actions taken by the Board during the Budget Hearings and their impact on the final Contingencies Budget balance.  He reviewed the CAO recommendations regarding the Contingencies Budget, explaining the recommendation to use Economic Stabilization to pay the COP payment and the proposed uses of realignment in the Health and Human Services budgets.  The Board and Staff continued to discuss a variety of impacts to the County Budget including but not limited to: (a) TOT; (b) TUT; (c) Prop 36 funding; (d) Sheriff’s MOU; and (e) IMAAA Programs.  Supervisor Arcularius expressed her concern with not setting aside reserves and in the proposal for using reserves to pay the COP payment.  She indicated that she wanted to see at least 75% of the Economic Stabilization funds used for the COP payment replaced.  Supervisors Bear and Williams made, seconded and withdrew a motion, which directed Staff to develop a plan to replace from 75% to 100% of the Economic Stabilization funds expended.  The Board and Staff continued to discuss the lack of additional reserves being identified in the budget.  At the conclusion of the discussion the following motion was made.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to direct the County Administrator to bring back the FY 2003/04 Final Budget with a plan to replace 100% of the Economic Stabilization funds used to make the COP payment.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the Contingencies FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator at $281,277.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Budget Adoption

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to adopt the FY 2003/04 Budget as recommended by the County Administrator and as amended by actions taken by the Board throughout the Budget Hearings and direct the County Administrator to bring back the FY 2003/04 Final Budget for Board consideration on August 26, 2003.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Hiring Freeze

The County Administrator reviewed the history of the hard hiring freeze, explaining the difficulty in maintaining a hiring freeze indefinitely.  He clarified that hiring freezes limit program services as a result of indiscriminate reductions in Staff due to a variety of factors, i.e., employees retiring, quiting, changing jobs, etc., as opposed to a policy decision by the Board of Supervisors regarding program reductions and/or changes in delivery of services.  The Board and the County Administrator discussed the different alternatives available to continuing a hard hiring freeze with the Board supporting transferring the approval to fill vacant positions to the County Administrator.

Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Williams to lift the hard hiring freeze, direct the County Administrator to evaluate all vacant budgeted positions being requested to be filled, by Department Heads, authorize the filling of those positions the County Administrator deems appropriate, and direct that a monthly report be agendized for Board review detailing those vacancies which have been approved to be filled.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Adjournment

The Chairperson adjourned the Budget Hearings at 7:45 p.m.

____________________________________
   Chairperson, Inyo County Board of Supervisors

Attest:   RENÉ L. MENDEZ
         Clerk of the Board

    by:        ___________________________________
                   
Patricia Gunsolley, Assistant     

 

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