Board Minutes - July 19 & 20, 2004

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County of Inyo

Board of Supervisors


BUDGET HEARINGS - Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, met in budget hearings at the hour of 8:20 a.m., on Monday, July 19, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Carroll “Butch” Hambleton presiding, Linda Arcularius, Ted Williams, and Michael Dorame. Supervisor Julie Bear was absent.  Supervisor Hambleton provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Comment

The Chairperson announced the public comment period and there was no one from the public wishing to address the Board.


County Dept. Reports

The Chairperson announced the County Department Report period and there were no reports forthcoming.


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

·                                 Budget Highlights

·                                 Recap of the Budget including revenue and expenditure estimates

·                                 Comparison of General Fund Revenues

·                                 Major Changes in Revenues

·                                 Major Expenditure Reductions

·                                 Major Internal and External Impacts

·                                 Personnel Structure Impacts

·                                 Items not included (State Budget Impacts, Capital Infrastructure Needs, $24-million Unfunded Liability in Medical Retiree Benefits, DSA MOU, and No Deferred Maintenance, General Fund Contingencies, Funding for LADWP Dispute Resolution, Funding for LORP)

·                                 Identification of Infrastructure Needs

·                                 Budget Balancing Strategies

·                                 Return of the January 1, 2005, 2% salary increase by the Elected Officials

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


Budget Adoption

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the 2004/05 Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator, except for the Advertising County Resources and Grants-in-Support Budgets; direct Staff to adjust the budget contingent upon the final Separation Incentive Plan (SIP) numbers; and set the adoption of the Final Budget for August 24, 2004.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent. 



At the conclusion of this motion the Board and Staff went on to discuss in detail various aspects of individual budgets, as well as overall policy concerns including the following:



Contingencies Balance

Use of Economic Stabilization

Potential Water Reorganization

Funding Town Water Systems

Ballot Measures for increasing TOT and TUT

The IMAAA Program

The Brill Rail Car Project


Transportation and Planning Budget

Health and Human Services Program Budgets

Parks Budget

The Hiring Freeze

Positions Report

The FBO Operation at the Lone Pine Airport

Maintenance of Building and Grounds Budget


The Chairperson recessed the Budget Hearings at 2:20 p.m., to reconvene on July 20, 2004, at 1:35 p.m., with all Board Members present, including Supervisor Bear to consider the Grants-in-Support and Advertising County Resources Budgets.


Advertising County Resources

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 status quo budget except for the elimination of funding for the Visitor Center.  Representatives from the Visitor Center addressed the Board to support reinstatement of their funding allocation.  Representatives of the Chambers of Commerce, then addressed the Board to provide an update on the activities of their individual Chambers.  The Board, Staff and members of the audience discussed the proposed increase in the TOT.  The Board and the County Administrator discussed how to fund the Visitors Center at last year’s level of $12,179. 

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Advertising County Resources and Grants-in-Support FY 2004/05 Budgets as recommended minus a sufficient percentage reduction to be determined by the County Administrator (about 3%) to restore the $12,179 allocation to the Interagency Visitors Center less a like percentage of reduction (about 3%), and authorize the County Administrator to sign all grants-in-support funding contracts, in the reduced amounts and including the Interagency Visitors Center, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.   Motion carried unanimously.



The Board congratulated the County Administrator on a job well done in this difficult budget climate.  The Chairperson adjourned the Budget Hearings at 3:35 p.m.



                                                                                                Chairperson, Inyo County Board of Supervisors

Attest:   RENÉ L. MENDEZ

         Clerk of the Board



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