Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

              Public Hearing on Budget              https://www.pcsb.org

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017              5:01 PM              School Administration Building

 

              2nd PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET - TIME CERTAIN 5:01 P.M.

I.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:14 p.m. on September 19, 2017 at the School Board Administration Building, 301 Fourth Street SW, Largo, Florida.

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Rene Flowers

Vice Chairperson

Present

 

Eileen Long

Board Member

Present

 

Joanne Lentino

Board Member

Present

 

Carol J. Cook

Board Member

Present

 

Terry Krassner

Board Member

Present

 

Linda S. Lerner

Board Member

Present

 

Peggy O' Shea

Chairperson

Present

 

Michael A. Grego

Superintendent

Present

 

Kevin Smith

Associate Superintendent/Finance Business Services

Present

 

David Koperski

Board Attorney

Present

 

William Corbett

Deputy Superintendent

Present

 

Clinton Herbic

Associate Superintendent/Operations

Present

 

Ann Simonetti

Administrative Assistant and Clerk to the Board

Present

 

II.              Welcome by the School Board Chairperson

Mrs. Peggy O'Shea, chairperson, welcomed the public to this meeting; the second of two public hearings on the 2017/18 budget. She stated that we are here to review the proposed tax rates and budget. She stated that the order of business and actions taken at the meeting must follow specific directions set by the state statutes; it is a legally required format. She thanked the public for taking the time to be present at the meeting.

III.              Adoption of the Agenda

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

IV.              Introductory Comments by the Superintendent

Dr. Michael Grego welcomed the public to this final hearing for the 2017/18 budget and millage; and thanked the board for taking an active role in the development of the budget. He stated that the budget is tied to the District Strategic Plan; that the board discussed the budget at the June 27, 2017 school board workshop; and, that the proposed budget and millage were approved by the board on August 1, 2017.

V.              Overview of Budget Process and Truth in Millage (TRIM) Requirements by the Associate Superintendent of Finance and Business Services

Mr. Kevin Smith presented a brief overview of the TRIM requirements and related Florida Statutes that prescribe the order of this meeting.

VI.              Millage to Support the Budget, Including Public Comments

Ms. Lou Ann Jourdan, budget specialist, presented the following information:

The composition of the school district's proposed millage

The explanation of a "mill"

The explanation of the "rolled-back" millage rate

The proposed millage vs. "rolled-back" rate

Gross taxable value trend

Millage comparison 2016/17 2017/18

Property tax revenue comparison

How school taxes are calculated

An example of how your taxes may change

Reasons for millage

1.              Presentations from the Audience

Public comments on millage to support the budget:

1. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho spoke about the millage decrease, but the property taxes increased.

2.              Approval of Discretionary Local Effort Millage

Eileen Long moved that the Board approve the levying of a Discretionary Local Effort Millage of 0.748 mills as part of the total millage to be certified to the Property Appraiser and Florida Department of Revenue.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Eileen Long, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

3.              Adoption of Total Millage Rates

Carol Cook moved that the Board adopt a millage rate of 7.009 mills to be set and certified to the Property Appraiser and to the Florida Department of Revenue. The millage rates are as follows:

For Required Local Effort:                            4.261 Mills

For Discretionary Local Effort:               0.748 Mills

For Local Referendum:                            0.500 Mills

For Capital Outlay:                                          1.500 Mills

              Total Millage:                                          7.009 Mills

This rate is 2.29% higher than the rolled-back rate.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

VII.              2017-2018 Budget, Including Public Comments

Ms. LouAnn Jourdan, budget specialist, presented the following information pertaining to the final budget:

Budget cycle

Budget parameters

Budget summary

Budget summary all sources

2017-2018 Legislative issues

Operating fund resources

Operating budget revenue sources

Proposed operating budget

Operating budget by object

Capital find sources

Proposed capital projects

Proposed special revenue

Proposed debt service budget

Proposed self-insured workers comp & liability budget

Proposed self-insured health budget

 

Ms. Jourdan stated that the proposed budget is on file in the office of budget and resource allocation in the administration building; additional information is available by calling 727-588-6479; or on our website at www.pcsb.org

1.              Presentations from the Audience

Public comments on the budget:

1. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho shared his concerns with the money spent on building construction, maintenance and HVAC.

2.              Approval of the Final Budget for 2017/2018

Joanne Lentino moved that the Board adopt the 2017-18 budget as presented.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Joanne Lentino, Board Member

SECONDER:              Eileen Long, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

3.              Adoption of the Resolution Determining Revenues and Millages

Linda Lerner moved that the Board adopt the required resolution as presented, without formal reading.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Linda S. Lerner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

VIII.              Additional Board Actions

There were no additional actions by the board.

IX.              Other Considerations & Concluding Comments

X.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the School Board, this meeting adjourned at 5:39 p.m.

 

 

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Chairperson

 

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Superintendent and Ex-Officio Secretary