HI district manager to submit major budget revision

Friday, October 12, 2012

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- At the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners work session Monday, District Manager Gerald Hartley will present a 2013 budget with major revisions since the one he submitted at the Oct. 8 special meeting.

Hartley told the board at that Monday meeting that he had revised the budget over the weekend, so the copies they had were incorrect, except that the bottom line was close to the same.

In this revised budget, Hartley has changed the format to reflect four major funds: general fund, water/wastewater, equipment reserve and undesignated reserves.

The new capital improvements program will reflect $225,000 set aside for road paving and funded through the general fund. The roller for road paving requested by the Road Department in earlier drafts has been eliminated. It will be purchased from proceeds from the sale or trade-in of surplus equipment.

Golf mowers have also been deleted, but Golf Superintendent Mark Mowrey will make a presentation to the board, showing photos of the existing equipment and problems they have.

No equipment will be purchased through the equipment reserve fund.

Hartley wrote in a memo that revenue has been "marginally adjusted."

"After discussion with the staff, I am uncomfortable with additional increases to revenue forecasting," he wrote.

Hartley wrote he also met with Sheriff Bob Grudek about the contract for deputies.

"The Sheriff has indicated that he will request that HISID fund the time experienced by the deputies for training and vacation," Hartley wrote. The sheriff also said it is up to HISID to determine whether the community needs one or two deputies. The budget currently funds two, but two deputies have not been available for quite some time as specified in the contract.

Hartley is asking the board to vote to approve the budget at the Oct. 22 meeting.

Also on the agenda, the board will review a draft agreement between the district and rural fire departments for the use of equipment and personnel in either district. Basically, the agreement provides mutual aid between the two departments, and all equipment will be available to fight fires in both areas.

Donna Putnam of the Software Committee will brief the board on the Request For Proposals process to obtain accounting software for the district. RFPs were sent out Oct. 10, and bids will be opened Nov. 15.

The board will also review the amenities policies at the meeting.

The meeting will take place Monday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive. The public is welcome.

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