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AGENDA
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC HEARINGS
FIRST PUBLIC HEARING - FISCAL YEAR 2017/2018 COUNTY-WIDE BUDGET
September 12, 2017
5:31 p.m.
Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building – First Floor
 
             
1.   Call to Order.

(PLEASE TURN YOUR CELL PHONE TO THE VIBRATE, SILENCE, OR OFF SETTING)
 
2.  
Was the Meeting Properly Advertised? - Chairman Doug Underhill
 
3.   5:31 p.m. – Public Hearing for Consideration of Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018
 
A.   Presentation of Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 – County Administrator Jack Brown
 
Jack Brown – Mister Chairman, Commissioners:  This is the first of two required Public Hearings for the Board to adopt the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Budget.  The Board later in the meeting will set the second Public Hearing.
 
The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the 2017/2018 tentative millage rates for TRIM notification purposes at the BCC meeting on July 27, 2017. 

The law requires that prior to consideration of the tentative budget, an explanation of the “Rolled Back Rate” be provided and entered into the records.  The “Rolled Back Rate” is a computed millage rate that would generate the same amount of ad valorem tax dollars as the prior Fiscal Year, based on the proposed year’s tax roll, excluding new construction.
 
The millage rates tentatively approved by the Board for TRIM notification are 6.6165 for the County-wide millage rate, .3590 for the Library Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) and .6850 for the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU).  The aggregate of these millage rates proposed for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 is 2.91% above the “Rolled Back Rate” certified by the Property Appraiser.  This represents the percentage increase in property taxes tentatively adopted by the Board.
 
For information, and to avoid any misunderstanding concerning the process of this meeting, this Public Hearing is convened tonight to discuss the County’s Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Budget.  Because of time constraints, we will need to confine our discussion to this subject.  Increases in property assessments, remarks or questions concerning your individual property appraisals should be addressed to the County Property Appraiser at his office during normal business hours.
 
B.   Questions/Discussion from the Board – Chairman Doug Underhill
 
C.   Outside Agency Discussion – Stephan Hall
 
D.   Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Funding Proposal – Amy Lovoy
 
E.   Public Forum – Chairman Doug Underhill
 
F.   Board Adoption of the Tentative Millage Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 – Chairman Doug Underhill

Commissioner Underhill – The Chair will entertain a motion to adopt the Tentative Millage Resolution, as presented in the Agenda backup, of 6.6165 mills for the County-wide millage rate, .3590 for the Library MSTU and .6850 mills for the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement MSTU for Fiscal Year 2017/2018.
 
G.   Board Adoption of the Tentative Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 – Chairman Doug Underhill

Commissioner Underhill – The Chair will entertain a motion to adopt the Tentative Budget Resolution of $455,681,077 for Fiscal Year 2017/2018, as presented in the Agenda backup.
 
4.   Announcement of Date and Time of Second Public Hearing for the Adoption of the Final Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Budget  - Chairman Doug Underhill
 
Commissioner Underhill – The second Public Hearing for adoption of the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Budget will be held September 26, 2017, at 5:31 p.m., in the Board Chambers on the First Floor of the Ernie Magaha Government Building located at 221 Palafox Place.
 
5.   5:32 p.m. – Public Hearing for consideration of Adopting the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Non-Ad Valorem Special Assessments Roll – Chairman Doug Underhill
 
A.   Presentation of the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Non-Ad Valorem Special Assessments Roll – County Administrator Jack Brown

A list of all the non-ad valorem rates is provided in your Agenda backup.
 
B.   Public Forum – Chairman Doug Underhill
 
C.   Board Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Non-Ad Valorem Special Assessments Roll - Chairman Doug Underhill
 
Commissioner Underhill – The Chair will entertain a motion to adopt the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Non-Ad Valorem Special Assessments Roll, as presented in the Agenda backup.
 
6.   Adjournment.
 

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