Item ID Number: 19-4509
Meeting Type: Finance and Administration Committee

Action Comments: Larkin led the discussion of the budget. He began by stating that at the last meeting the committee made cuts and changes and after discussion with State's Attorney Carr his budget has been restored to it's previous amount, this leaves the current shortfall at $17, 656 that the committee should try to balance. Karnes addressed the committee and requested that the funding for appraisals and the Board of Review salaries be restored. He went on to say he would have liked a call from the Board about these cuts and if the salaries are not returned the Board of Review may not be inclined to work the 800+ hours they put in. Berkowitz and Carr both spoke about what good and important work the Board of Review does and how important it is to return their salaries to the requested amounts and to put back the appraisal funding. Carr then addressed the committee about the need for a Civil Attorney to represent Jackson County in a variety of matters, not just for the Board, he advocated for the funding to be returned to the State's Attorney's office budget so he can hire for that position. He went on to explain that his office is understaffed, they need more space, and there is a real need for a second victims advocate; Karnes and Solverson spoke in support of Carr's request. Solverson then spoke about how she was caught off guard by the committees cut to the Jury budget, she will have to pay them regardless of what the Board decides. She went on to remind the Board that this is a Courthouse and Court takes place everyday and they work with the State's Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Office and if all three don't have the funding they need they cannot be good stewards to the citizens of the County. Larkin thanked everyone for their good faith effort in reducing their budgets and reminded the committee that it is their responsibility to be as conservative as possible within the requirements of the County. The consensus of the committee is to return the$9,949 to the Board of Review salaries, put an additional $2500 in the appraisal line item, and an additional $1000 in their equipment line item, which puts the shortfall at $31,105. The committee decided to take this out of the health insurance fund in Office Services.

Action: approve
Action Note: the budget with the discussed changes

Mover: Calandro CJ
Seconder: D. Bost Dan

The motion carried by the following vote: (4:1)

Action: approve
Action Note: the Levy Ordinance as presented

Seconder: Calandro CJ

The motion carried by the following vote: (4:1)

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