BUDGET WORK SESSION
Town of Sylva Board of CommissionersApril 21, 2011The Town of Sylva Board of Commissioners held a Budget Work Session on April 21, 2011 at11:20 a.m. in the Board Room of Municipal Hall, 83 Allen Street, Sylva, N.C.
Mayor Maurice Moody and Commissioners Harold Hensley, ChristinaMatheson, Ray Lewis, Stacy Knotts, and Danny Allen
Adrienne Isenhower (Town Manager), Lynn Bryant (Finance Officer),Davis Woodard (Police Chief) and Brandi King (Town Clerk)
Quintin Ellison and Julie Sylvester
CALLED TO ORDER:
The budget work session was called to order at 11:21 a.m.
Isenhower stated they are expecting an increase in State Revenues, a slightincrease in Property Taxes because of new construction and increased Privilege License revenuesif the Board decides to go to Gross Receipts.Bryant updated the Board on Gross Receipts. The privilege license ordinance and the new grossreceipts fee schedule can be adopted with the budget ordinance. We have contracted with RobinLewis Consulting to help us with the conversion, her costs should not exceed $1,500. Bryant hasestimated $50,000 in revenue from the gross receipts conversion. Bryant has also proposedchanging the billing cycle on the privilege licenses from August 1 to July 31 and they would become delinquent on September 1.Isenhower stated she has included a 2.5% COLA in the preliminary budget. Commissioner Hensley and Matheson would like to see what surrounding Town’s are budgeting for payincreases.Commissioner Knotts would like to see the $2,500 that is budgeted for EDC to go to DSA. TheBoard decided to cut $500 from their Travel and Training budgets, cut $250 from Mayor/BoardExpenses, and to cut $500 from the Meeting Expenses.DSA is requesting a contribution of $25,000 in the upcoming budget. Commissioner Allenwould like to keep the DSA contribution at $12,000. Allen stated hiring an officer for Downtownwould benefit the entire Town. Commissioner Hensley would like to have the DSA Director as a part-time position with the Town. Commissioner Knotts stated the Town has to partner with a501c(3) in order to receive tax-deductible donations or to be able to apply for grant funding.Commissioner Knotts stated she would like for the Board to take street light requests moreseriously and find other ways to help other parts of the Town.Commissioner Lewis would like for the Board to contribute more to “Neighbors in Need.”