Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Budget Blasts, 10/30

From the office of County Board Supervisor Elizabeth Coggs:

The Milwaukee County Board’s Finance & Audit Committee, under the leadership of Supervisor Elizabeth M. Coggs, held its last October meeting on the County Executive’s 2009 Recommended County Budget on Wednesday. Click here to review the budget proposal. Each day, the seven-member Committee votes on a number of specific departments and items in the budget.

The following amendments to the 2009 Budget were approved by the following votes:

• 7-0 to abolish 1 DAS Budget Manager position and create 1 Grants Writer/Coordinator position

• 7-0 to provide $125,000 for services related to the Men of Color Task Force

• 7-0 to decrease CBDP revenues by $15,000, increase CBDP services expenditures by $2,000 increase DAS Property Management revenue $17,000 and modify CBDP budget goals and objectives

• 7-0 to give the Director of Human Resources the authority to enhance and expedite services to departments by modifying procedures, redeploy assets and enhance accountability

• 7-0 to allow the Director of DAS to continue to coordinate Long-Range Strategic Planning for the County in 2009

• 7-0 to restore all skilled trades positions

• 4-3 (No Mayo, Schmitt, Johnson) to deny the transfer of the DTPW – Facilities Management Division to the DAS Property Management Division

• 6-0 (Thomas excused) to increase the anticipated payment from Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and restructure the loan repayment from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts by reducing the 2009 payment

• 6-1 (No Jursik) to increase parking revenues at the 6th and State lot and increasing expenditures for County Board – Sister Cities, Transit/Paratransit – Fare Increase Offset, and Property Management – Summer Youth Employment

• 7-0 to restore funding for one Child Support Specialist, one Paralegal Child Support B/L and .5 FTE Legal Counsel Child Support

• 5-2 (No Schmitt, Jursik) to restore funding for three Paralegal Child Support positions

• 4-3 (No Mayo, Schmitt, Coggs) to add an appropriation for a Jail/Criminal Justice analysis

• 6-1 (No Schmitt) to restore the position of Resident Contract Manager – Structures, deny a professional services contract to manage the bridge program, increase expenditures and revenues in the Transportation Services Division, reallocate expenditures in the Parks Department, Zoo and Highway Maintenance Division, deny the appropriation for membership in the East Wisconsin Counties Railroad Consortium and increase revenues in the Property Management

• 7-0 to deny the abolishment of 2.0 FTE RN 1 positions within the Behavioral Health Division

• 7-0 to direct the Behavioral Health Division to prepare a report addressing the necessary stops to become certified by the Join Commission (on Accreditation of Hospitals).

• 7-0 to amend the Capital Improvements Budget to create a new project relating to the repair of the Estabrook Dam.

• 6-1 (No Schmitt) to amend the Capital Improvements Budget to provide $1,000,000 for the Special Needs Housing Program financed with a loan from the State Trust Fund Loan Program

• 7-0 to designate an allocation from the appropriation for contingencies for the implementation of the Ethics Code revisions

• 5-2 (No Schmitt, Jursik) to provide $50,000 to Career Youth Development (CYD) for the Victory Over Violence Program

• 7-0 to designate the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee to administer the new voluntary FoodShare Employment and Training program

• 5-1 (No Coggs) to increase expenditures for the operation of Hales Corners Pool in 2009

• 5-1 (No Coggs) to increase contract revenues for the operation of the O’Donnell Parking Structure

• 6-1 (No Schmitt) to amend the Capital Improvements Budget for New Parks Capital by increasing general obligation bonding by $14,000 for the surfacing of the golf cart pathways at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course

• 7-0 to realign funding of active and legacy health care and pension costs with actions already taken by the Committee on Finance and Audit, and to appropriate $1,500,000 to the Appropriation of Contingencies to provide funds for possible wage agreements in 2009.

• 7-0 to deny an ordinance change in reference to the installation of parking meters along Lincoln Memorial Drive

At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, the Committee voted 4-3 (Noes Schmitt, Johnson, Jursik) to approve a property tax levy increase of 3.17%. The Committee then voted 5-2 (No Schmitt, Johnson) to approve the amended 2009 Budget.

The Finance and Audit Committee will reconvene for one more meeting on the 2009 Budget, including consideration of any additional amendments from Supervisors submitted after the public hearing and comments from the County Executive, on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

The County Board of Supervisors, under the leadership of Chairman Lee Holloway, will adopt the County’s 2009 budget on Monday, November 10 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

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