CITY COUNCIL MEETINGMINUTESBUDGET WORKHOP
224 S. Jefferson StreetPerry, FloridaAugust 7, 2001MEMBERS PRESENT: Shirley Scott, Bill Alexander, Richard Frith, Doug EverettCouncilmember-elect Pam FeagleSTAFF PRESENT:Bill Brynes, Barney Johnson, Wayne Putnal, Billy LaValle, George Stamos andAnnette AndersonMayor Frith called the meeting to order. Councilmember Scott led those attending the meeting in prayer. Mayor Frith led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The secretary then calledthe roll.
Councilmember Cook XCouncilmember AlexanderXCouncilmember ScottXCouncilmember EverettXMayor Frith XSUBJECT OF MEETING:CITY COUNCIL AND STAFF TO DISCUSS FISCAL YEAR 2001-02 CITY OF PERRY BUDGETISSUES.Mayor Frith opened discussion saying the City Manager had presented the City’s proposed fiscal year budget 2001-02 to the Council along with the proposed millage rate at the July 24, 2001 regular CityCouncil meeting. Mayor Frith said the Council tentatively chose to use the same millage rate as lastfiscal year as opposed to the rollback rate. Mayor Frith said using the same millage rate, in effect,would slightly increase the amount of taxes and would generate an amount of approximately $20,000.Mayor Frith said the proposed budget is similar to last year’s budget in that it does not include any payraises and does not include any additional monies to be contributed to the local organizations that theCity has routinely contributed to each year. Mayor Frith said one organization, Main Street Perry, didnot receive any funding last year and the City does not propose to give anything this year under the proposed budget Mayor Frith said the City came out having to use some (cash) reserves to make the budget balance for the year 2001-02.Mayor Frith said two main questions for him is, “What are we going to do about employees (payraises)?” and “What to do about contributions to these organizations?” Mayor Frith commented that if the Council chooses to do something that costs money, where is the City going to get the money?Mayor Frith asked the Council their suggestion as to how they would prefer to proceed to address the budget. Councilmember Scott said, for the past two to three years, as a City Council it was decided notto raise the amount that is contributed to the organizations. Councilmember Scott said, in light of that,her feeling would be to juggle the funds of $136,000 and divvy it up to those organizations that havemade requests. Councilmember Everett asked Councilmember Scott if she had any specifics in mind.Councilmember Scott said in the past the City had contributed $25,000 to Main Street but as Main