ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
Meeting 12/5/2011 10:00 AM
December 5, 2011 10:00 AM

10:00 a.m. - CBAC Oral Report

CBAC had in depth interviews with various departments, with the County Executive and met monthly during the year.  They feel the sales tax revenue is too aggressive and recommend that this revenue line should be reduced.  They are also concerned that State Aid will be reduced.  They had concerns about the miscellaneous budget - the pension, the use of the Internal Service Fund and miscellaneous revenue.  The Health Centers recommendation is for a transition period; IT the County should be increasing their investment, and concerned about Probation and are the localities informed about the changes.  They are recommending consolidation of Weights & Measures/Consumer Protection in to the Health Department and the County Clerk.  They are also concerned about the reductions and was any analysis done on the reductions.

 

 

10:30 a.m. - BKS Oral Report - 2012 Budget

 

The budget is $1.689 million with a property tax levy of $548 million and $364 million in sales tax revenue.  There is no appropriation of the general fund.  It does include $5.1 million in the Internal Service Fund's net assets for retirement expenses and $4.4 million of net assets for health related expenses.  The total number of employees is now 4170, down 336 from 2011.  The budget does not include $56 million in working capital for the Public Benefit Corporation of the hospital.  A Summary of Recommendations was handed out which contained estimated increases and decreases of revenues and appropriations and the impact on the County Taxation.  An increase in Federal inmates is expected.  There is a shortfall on E911 and approximately $700,000 is transferred into the account from the Reserve.  The auditors disagree with the Budget Department as to where the $5.7 retirement money is to be paid from - the general fund or the internal service fund.  They expect to have this resolved by the end of the day.  The Auditors said we should not go below $5.1 in the General Fund Retirement Stabilization.   Right now $5.7 is in Appropriation and hopefully by the end of the day it will be resolved as to how the money will be paid.   There was much discussion on the $5.7 and because the issue is very complicated, it will be discussed in more detail with the final report on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:30 a.m. - Parks

 

There was much discussion on the season at Playland and their revenues,.  Attendance was down at the park.  It could be because of the revitalized Coney Island.  The Legislators felt in order to make money, we need to spend money.  The budget contained less money for marketing and entertainment.  Because of the hurricane the park lost three days.  They are doing more marketing on line and discounting tickets.  There was a recess of 1/2 hour.  There was discussion on #4831 which is the 2012 Playland Spectator Fee.  This was discussed with a decision to allow residents of Westchester County entrance without a fee.  The charge for non-residents was not put into the resolution.  On the motion of Legislator Myers, seconded by Legislator Burton for Budget & Appropriations, the motion was passed as amended by a vote of 6-0 (Rogowsky, Ryan, Burton, Myers, L. Williams, A. Williams) and this was passed by Public Works, Parks, Labor, and Transportation by a vote of 5-0 (Ryan, Rogowsky, Myers, Shimsky, A. Willliams).

 

 

 

12:00 noon - Additions to 2012 Operating, Capital Budget & Special Districts

 

At 5:10 p.m. the recess concluded.  The addition sheet was passed out.  Ms. Rhodes then discussed all the additions and the Committee recessed at 5:27 p.m. to resume at 7:21 p.m.  The Republicans stated that they will vote in favor of the additions without prejudice.  They will prepare the list of deletes and will give the Legislators twenty-four hours notice.  They did  bring up items that were put into the Miscellaneous Budget by the Board which Legislator Maisano refers to as a "slush" fund.  He feels each item should have an appropriate budget line.  On the motion of Legislator Harckham, seconded by Legislator Myers, the Additions were accepted by a vote of 12-0 (Alvarado, Jenkins, Myers, Burton, Rogowsky, A. Williams, L. Williams, Ryan, Harckham and Spreckman, Maisano, Marcotte signed without prejudice) There was discussion

on the $5.7 million.  On the motion of Legislator Maisano, seconded by Legislator Marcotte, the Budget & Appropriations Committee adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

 

 

#4805 is joint with Public Works, Parks, Labor and Transportation