SEPTEMBER 27, 2011


     The following is a non-verbatim transcript of the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA, held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.


     Chairman Brenda Carey (District 5)

     Vice Chairman Carlton Henley (District 4)

     Commissioner Bob Dallari (District 1)

     Commissioner John Horan (District 2)

     Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide (District 3)

     County Manager Jim Hartmann

     County Attorney Bryant Applegate

     Deputy Clerk Jane Spencer





Proof of publication, as shown on page _______, calling for a public hearing to consider adoption of the final Millage Rates and Budget for Fiscal Year 2011/12, received and filed.  

Lisa Spriggs, Fiscal Services Director, addressed the Board to state that the tentative budget for FY 2011/2012 is outlined in the Second Public Hearing booklet (copy received and filed) which has previously been distributed to the Board and is available to the public for review on the County’s website.  Revised pages 14 and 15 were received and filed.

Ms. Spriggs displayed and reviewed the Budget Proposal FY 2011/12 presentation (copy received and filed).  She discussed the Budget Development.  Ms. Spriggs stated that the budget was advertised per statutory requirements in the Seminole Section of the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

Ms. Spriggs advised that proposed adjustments in the amount of $20,174,478 are being made to the County Manager’s originally proposed budget and tentatively adopted budget which are detailed on pages 19 and 22 of the Second Public Hearing booklet.  She explained that the adjustments are inclusive of items discussed and actions proposed by the Board since the adoption of the tentative budget on September 14, updated projections of available fund balances and revenues, and grant and equipment carryforwards that are identified on pages 23 and 24.

Ms. Spriggs displayed and reviewed the following topics:  Proposed Budget Summary (total Countywide proposed budget of $798,498,062); Appropriations by Service Area; Millage Rate Summary; 2011 Change in Taxable Valuation; and Property Tax Revenue. 

Chairman Carey stated that this is a public hearing for the purpose of hearing the public comments regarding the tentative millage rate and the budget.  Amending the budget is desired by the Board and adopting the final millage rate and the County budget for Fiscal Year 2011/12 is required by Florida law.  Chairman Carey stated this hearing was advertised with a Notice of Public Hearing and that the Budget Summary was advertised as well.

Chairman Carey stated that the Board does not have any control over the tax levies and budgets of the School Board, the Water Management District, or any of the seven cities in Seminole County.  Questions regarding property assessment valuations should be addressed to the Property Appraiser, David Johnson, who is in attendance tonight.  She stated that the Board of County Commissioners has limited authority over the budgets of the Constitutional Officers of the County which include the Clerk of Circuit Court, the Property Appraiser, the Sheriff, the Supervisor of Elections and the Tax Collector.  Chairman Carey explained how the budgets for the Constitutional Officers are reviewed and approved.

John Horvath, 1004 Bradford Drive, addressed the Board to state that his family has owned property in Seminole County since the '40's and he remembers when the County had a population of 25,000.  Mr. Horvath stated the population is now 422,000 and advised that he has seen figures in the newspaper that another 141,000 people are expected in the next 29 years.  He discussed how costs have gone up and how the County has run a "tight ship" over the years.  Mr. Horvath stated he hopes the County can resume the construction of fire stations, maintain roads, and maintain the infrastructure.   

     No one else spoke in support or in opposition.

     Speaker Request Form for John Horvath was received and filed.

     Commissioner Horan described a $2 million line item in the budget that is specifically earmarked for deferred or preventative maintenance.

     Commissioner Henley commended Ms. Spriggs and all of the staff for their willingness to go back and review the budget and make reductions so they do not have to raise the millage.  He thanked them for their efforts.

Chairman Carey stated that she believes starting early made a big difference along with the number of workshops that they had and the hard work that staff has done.  She stated that with the new County Manager on board, next year they will be looking for even greater things; and she thanked Deputy County Manager Joe Forte for carrying the torch. 

Commissioner Dallari stated that staff is not just looking at the budget, and ways to save money, but they are looking at processes and coming up with new ways of doing business in the County differently.  He thanked all the departments for their hard work in figuring out different ways of serving the public. 

Commissioner Van Der Weide thanked everyone involved in the process.  He stated that it has been a real team effort and he thinks they have done a yeoman's job.  Commissioner Van Der Weide congratulated Commissioner Dallari for being the one who first started doing the budget process early in January and congratulated Chairman Carey for continuing that process.  He remembered that before they had all the early work sessions, the process was not as smooth as it has been in the last several years. 

Commissioner Horan stated that he has been very impressed with the professionalism of staff, especially the coordination of the new County Manager, and the seamless way that Mr. Forte, Mr. Hartmann and the rest of the staff worked together to put this budget together and follow the principles that were set forth in the initial workshops.  To put the budget together in such a way where they don't have to raise the millage and don't have to cut the services is a tribute to the fine work, talent and professionalism of staff.  Commissioner Horan thanked David Johnson, Property Appraiser, for all of his great work.  He stated that if Mr. Johnson is not accurate in assessing and appraising the real estate values in the market, there is no way the Board can be accurate. 

     Motion by Commissioner Henley, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to adopt the FY 2011/12 General Countywide ad valorem tax rate of 4.8751 mills.

     Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.


Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to adopt the FY 2011/12 Fire MSTU ad valorem tax rate of 2.3299 mills.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.


Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to adopt the FY 2011/12 Unincorporated Road MSTU ad valorem tax rate of 0.1107 mills.

District 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.


Motion by Commissioner Van Der Weide, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to adopt the FY 2011/12 Voted Debt Service ad valorem tax rate of 0.1700 mills.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.


     At the request of Chairman Carey, Lin Polk, Budget Manager, read the established millage rates into the public record as follows:  the General Countywide Millage rate is 4.8751 (percentage change of -5.78% from the rolled-back rate of 5.1742); the Fire/Rescue MSTU millage rate is 2.3299 (percentage change of -5.62% from the rolled-back rate of 2.4687); the Unincorporated Roads MSTU millage rate is .1107 (percentage change of -5.55% from the rolled-back rate of .1172); and the County Debt Service millage rate is .1700.  The proposed “aggregate” millage rate (exclusive of Voted Debt Service millage) is 6.5151, which represents a 6.37% decrease from the current year “aggregate” rolled-back millage rate of 6.9582.

     Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to adopt appropriate Resolution #2011-R-183, as shown on page _______, Millage Levy for Fiscal Year 2011/12 inclusive of the millage rates announced.

     Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.


     Motion by Commissioner Van Der Weide, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to approve budget adjustments to the FY 2011/12 Tentative Budget totaling $20,174,478 and a change in appropriations to include a $1,200 discretionary one-time pay adjustment for all non-bargaining unit employees.

     Under discussion, Commissioner Dallari stated that he would not be supporting this motion because of the $1,200 discretionary one-time pay adjustment line item.  He stated that it is not that he does not feel that the County’s employees deserve a pay increase; but with the uncertainty that is happening in the economy, especially with the downgrading of the Fed’s bond rating, he believes it is hard to predict what is happening in the market and feels it would not be prudent to do this. 

     Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.

     Commissioner Dallari voted NAY.


     Motion by Commissioner Henley, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to adopt appropriate Budget Resolution #2011-R-184, as shown on page _______, for Fiscal Year 2011/12.

     Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.


     There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m., this same date.