to Order – Budget Workshop
The Town Council of the Town of Belhaven met in Budget Workshop
Session on Monday, May 10, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council
Chambers at Town Hall. Mayor Pro-Tem George R. Ebron, Jr. called
the meeting to order at 7:10 P.M. with the following Council
members present: Albert Baker, James B. Hodges and Linda E.
Dr. Charles O. Boyette and Councilwoman Cynthia M. Heath were
not present at the beginning of the meeting, but arrived later.
Town Manager Tim M. Johnson and Town Clerk Marie J. Adams were
Budget Proposal for
Town Manager Johnson gave the proposed total for the budget
as follows: General Fund - $2,208,234; Water and Sewer - $958,367;
Electric - $2,553,668 and the Cemetery Fund - $5,700.
General Fund Revenues
Town Manager Johnson stated that the proposed budget had no
ad valorem tax increase and that rate was at .52 per $100 of
valuation. Town Manager Johnson stated that each .01 increase
would total approximately $6,300 in revenue. Tax collection
rate is 98-99% after four years. The current year tax collection
is historically low. Town Manager Johnson stated that interest
income is low due to low interest rates.
Items not Included
in Proposed Budget
Town Manager Johnson stated that the Waterfront Incentive Package
of $54,000 was not included in the budget and stated that a
budget amendment could be made for this item when needed. He
also informed the Council that there was no appropriation for
the Rotary Club as the request for $1,200 was not received until
Friday, after the proposed budget had been printed.
Town Manager Johnson stated that Councilman Ebron had suggested
that retired employees be given health insurance until they
are eligible for either Medicare or Medicaid. Town Manager Johnson
stated that employee health insurance costs the town $305 per
month per employee. Dr. Charles O. Boyette, Mayor arrived at
this meeting at 7:20 P.M. and presided over the remainder of
After much discussion the Council
consensus was for the Town Manager to bring back more information
and figures with 25 and 30 years of retirement with health insurance
paid for the retiree until they would be eligible for Medicare
or Medicaid. Town Manager Johnson stated that once the benefit
is established then it is locked in and the same benefits would
be given to all employees. Council discussed making the insurance
benefit retroactive to include recently retired employee, Ms.
Larraine Mackey. Town Manager Johnson stated that should employees
leave employee due to disability then they may qualify for this
General Fund –
Governing Body 10-410
Town Manager Johnson stated that
there were no proposed increases. Town Manager Johnson asked
the board if they wanted a salary increase. The board did not
request an increase in salary which is $100 per month for the
Mayor and $75 per month for the Council.
Town Manager Johnson stated there were no major increases in
this department. The increases were 5% in salaries. Town Manager
Johnson stated that insurance had increased so those line item
had increased also.
Town Manager Johnson stated that there were no major increases
in this department. The increases are 5% in salaries and employee
health insurance increases. Town Manager Johnson stated that
the insurance/bonds increased due to new building and insuring
these buildings – Water Plant.
Town Manager Johnson stated that the legal budget would remain
at $15,275 with no increases.
Town Manager Johnson stated no significant change except that
item 495-045 Site Remediation would not be funded this month,
as it was not necessary.
Town Manager Johnson stated no increases, except employee benefits.
Town Manager Johnson stated no increases, except employee benefits.
Town Manager Johnson stated that 510-002 Salaries actually decreased
due to longevity employee retired and because of other new hires,
starting at the bottom of pay scales, patrolmen. Decrease in
510-036 Uniforms due to the fact that they are all suited.
Town Manager Johnson stated that two new police cars were needed
this year and that is the reason for the increase in 510-074.
Town Manager Johnson stated that the proposed budget for this
department is $98,452 whereas the department requested $140,000.
Town Manager Johnson explained that the department was requesting
a new tanker but he felt like the tanker they presently have
could last another year or could be repaired. There was much
discussion concerning the future need of a ladder truck which
would be able to handle the elevated homes and the proposed
waterfront development (3 story condominiums). Councilwoman
Heath arrived at this time (8:17 P.M.). Council discussed the
need for a new police/fire/rescue department by stating that
one building could house both departments possibly at the property
beside the Chamber office on the corner of Main and Haslin Streets.
There was discussion concerning the replacement of the breakwater
as specified by the Army Corps of Engineers. The total project
is estimated to cost $3,400,000 with the Town’s matching
25% of 2.7 million would cost $675,000. There was much discussion
concerning the seeking of grant monies for the town’s
portion of the cost.
Town Manager Johnson stated that the only increase in the inspection
budget was the employee benefit increase. Town Manager Johnson
stated that $12,000 is proposed for demolitions.
Works 10-550 and Street 10-560
Town Manager Johnson stated that the basic increases in these
departments included the employee benefit increase and an increase
in Capital Outlay in 560 for a new truck and the tractor payment
(tractor purchased last fiscal year).
Town Manager Johnson stated that this fund is used for streets
as specified by the Powell Bill funds. These monies are derived
from the tax on gasoline for the specific use of repair on town
Town Manager Johnson stated that land fill fees had actually
decreased, so that line item 045 which show a reduction in expenditures.
There was much discussion concerning the current contract with
GDS. Council directed Manager to negotiate with GDS on rate
for garbage collection, and upon his discretion to bid if necessary.
Councilman Baker asked that the plan Ms. Tameka Winfield presented
at a prior council meeting be reviewed. Town Manager Johnson
stated that a new concession stand with bathrooms was being
built with volunteer labor on the Railroad Street side of the
Little League Field. Following much discussion, Town Manager
Johnson was directed to bring back Ms. Winfield’s plan
at the next workshop and hopefully some of the suggested improvements
could be made to Northside Park.
Town Manager Johnson summarized the proposed expenditures for
the following special appropriations:
– July 4th
– BC Arts
– B&G Club
– Senior Center
– Friends JAW
-085 –was discussed at length as Council stated that the
original request was to provide arts for the community in a
particular classroom, Council stated that no arts have been
offered. Following additional discussion, the Council asked
that someone representing Friends of JAW be present for their
– 082 – was discussed at length with the Council
stating displeasure as to how the program is run with the local
board of directors having no control. Following much discussion,
Town Manager Johnson was asked to contact both Mr. Redden Leggett,
Executive Director of the Beaufort County Boys and Girls Club
and Mr. Mitch St. Clair who is their board of directors President
and ask for their presence at the next Council meeting.
Due to the late hour, Mayor Boyette declared the workshop adjourned
at 10:10 P.M. and stated that the remainder of the proposed
budget would be reviewed on Monday, May 17 immediately following
the regular session Council meeting.