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>> GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

[1. CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:02]

AND WELCOME TO OUR SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING.

IT IS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, IT IS 5:05 PM.

CITY CLERK, WILL YOU PLEASE CALL THE ROLL? THANK YOU, MAYOR GOMEZ. MAYOR GOMEZ.

>> YES, GOOD EVENING.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON.

>> GOOD EVENING.

>> VICE MIGUEL.

>> GOOD EVENING.

>>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

>> GOOD EVENING.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IF WE CAN ALL RISE, COMMISSIONER PLACKO WILL LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

>>

>> WELCOME AGAIN EVERYBODY.

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS THAT IS ACTUALLY SCRIPTED BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT CERTAIN THINGS ARE IN THE RECORD FOR OUR COMPLIANCE.

THIS IS A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE ANNUAL FIRE ASSESSMENT, THE ANNUAL STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT FEE ASSESSMENT, THE ANNUAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT, THE NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT, AND THE SETTING OF THE TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE, AND THE TENTATIVE CITY BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE THE CULMINATION OF AN ENTIRE YEAR WORK BY THIS CITY COMMISSION, THE CITY MANAGER, AND STAFF.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC TONIGHT, THE CITY COMMISSION HELD WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AS WELL AS A BUDGET WORKSHOP ON JUNE 16, 2022 TO PROVIDE DIRECTION TO THE STAFF ON THE SUBMITTAL.

I DO LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND THE STAFF FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE WORKSHOPS AND FOR THEIR SUGGESTIONS AS WE DELIBERATE STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS.

WE'RE READY TO BEGIN. AND IT WILL NOW BE TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13820.

[4.a TR13820 - A Resolution of the City Commission of the City of Tamarac, Florida, relating to the provision of Fire Rescue services, facilities and programs in the City of Tamarac, Florida; reimposing Fire Rescue Assessments against assessed property located within the City of Tamarac for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2022; approving the rate of assessment; approving the assessment roll; providing for conflicts; providing for severability; providing an effective date.]

MADAM CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS USED THE FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT SINCE 1997 TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC FUNDING FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING FIRE RESCUE SERVICES IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

AS THE CITY COMMISSION IS AWARE, THE FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE IN AN EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT METHODOLOGY TO USE IN APPORTIONING THE COST OF FIRE RESCUE SERVICES TO IMPROVE PROPERTIES, THUS REDUCING THE OVERALL BURDEN ON THE AD VALOREM TAX RATE.

THE RESIDENTIAL RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 WILL REMAIN AT $350 PER DWELLING UNIT WITH NO CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR.

THE CITY CONDUCTED A STUDY ON THE FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT IN 2016, AND BASED UPON CALLS FOR SERVICE AND A FIVE-YEAR BUDGET FORECAST FOR THE COST OF PROVIDING FIRE RESCUE SERVICES, STAFF RECOMMENDS THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVED THE RATES THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED AND APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION AT THE JULY 13TH, 2022 PRELIMINARY FIRE ASSESSMENT RATE HEARING AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISE FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 14, 2022. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE TO THE RESOLUTION.

>> YES, MA'AM, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

THIS IS A RESOLUTION, CITY COMMISSIONERS, CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE RESCUE SERVICES, FACILITIES, AND PROGRAMS IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RECOMPOSING FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENTS AGAINST SUCH PROPERTY LOCATED WITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1ST, 2022, APPROVING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENT, APPROVING THE ASSESSMENT RURAL PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEPARABILITY, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WILL NOW HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

>> GOOD EVENING, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, FOR THE RECORD, JEFF'S STRITA, BUDGET MANAGER.

I'M JOINED TONIGHT BY PATRICIA WHITE, OUR ASSISTANT FINANCE DIRECTOR.

TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13820 WOULD ESTABLISH THE FINAL FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THE INITIAL FIRE SERVICE ASSESSMENT RATE WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 13TH, 2022.

THE INITIAL FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT WAS PUBLISHED VIA TRIM NOTICES BEGINNING AUGUST,12TH IN 2022.

NOTICE OF THIS PUBLIC HEARING WAS PUBLISHED IN THE AUGUST 14TH, 2022, SUN SENTINEL, AND TR #13820 ESTABLISHES THE FINAL FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FY 2023.

THIS IS AN ACTUAL SECOND PAGE TO A TRIM NOTICE THAT SHOWS THE FIRE ASSESSMENT APPEARING THERE TO THE TAXPAYER.

THIS IS WHAT THE TAXPAYER WOULD SEE IN RELATION TO THE FIRE ASSESSMENT THAT'S BEING PROPOSED, AND THEY'RE SHOWN THAT IT'S THE SAME AS WHAT WAS BEING PROPOSED LAST YEAR.

THE RESIDENTIAL RATE IS STAYING AT $350.

AGAIN, THE RECOMMENDED RESIDENTIAL RATE IS $350,

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THAT'S THE SEVENTH YEAR ON A ROLL.

IT'S STAYING THE SAME STARTING IN FISCAL YEAR 2017.

THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSESSMENTS ARE $14,073,184.

THAT REPRESENTS $14,758,629, LESS THE ESTIMATED EXEMPT BY DOWN IT'S PAID FROM THE GENERAL FORM.

PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE FIRE RESCUE SERVICES.

THE REVENUE FROM THE ASSESSMENT WILL FUND 98.48 FIRE RESCUE SERVICES USING A FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE, BUT IT ONLY REPRESENTS 46.45% OF THE TOTAL FUNDING FOR THE ENTIRE FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT.

THERE'S OTHER OPERATIONS IN THE FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, FIRE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION.

THOSE CANNOT BE FUNDED BY THE FIRE ASSESSMENT.

HERE IT SHOWS WHAT THE FIRE ASSESSMENT RATES WOULD BE FOR COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND INSTITUTIONAL PROPERTY BASED ON THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THOSE PROPERTIES.

THOSE ARE NOT CHANGING EITHER.

THEY'RE REMAINING THE SAME AS FISCAL YEAR 2022.

PAT AND I ARE HERE FOR ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

>> THANK YOU. THE FLOOR IS NOW OPEN FOR ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION.

SEEING THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS FROM THIS COMMISSION, I WILL NOW OPEN UP THIS PUBLIC HEARING, TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13820.

IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS ON THIS ITEM? SEEING NONE, PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED, AND I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13820.

I HAVE A MOTION TO ADOPT TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13820, ESTABLISHING THE FIRE SERVICE ASSESSMENT RAISED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 BY COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS. DO I HAVE A SECOND?

>> SECOND.

>> SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

NO DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION.

MADAM CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> THANK YOU MAYOR. MAYOR GOMEZ.

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON.

>> YES.

>> VICE MAYOR GELIN?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> YES.

>> MOTION PASSED 5-0, THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MOVING TO TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13821.

[4.b TR13821 - A Resolution of the City Commission of the City of Tamarac, Florida, relating to the levy and collection of the City's Stormwater Management Utility Fee within the municipal boundaries of the City of Tamarac for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2022; approving, confirming, and adopting the Stormwater Management Utility Fee and Stormwater Management Utility Fee Roll; providing for other matters relating to the levy and collection of the Stormwater Management Utility Fee on the annual Property Tax bills; providing for conflict; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.]

CITY MANAGER PLEASE READ THIS STATEMENT.

>> THANK YOU MAYOR. THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS BEEN USING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COLLECTION OF STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FEES SINCE 2014.

THIS ASSESSMENT IS AN EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT METHOD OF ALLOCATING AND COLLECTING THE STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FEE, ASSESSED COST AMONG ALL THE PARCELS IN THE CITY.

THE RATE PER EQUIVALENT RESIDENTIAL UNIT, ERU, FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 IS A $154.45 AND IS AN INCREASE OF $12.18 OR 8.6 PERCENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR CODE OF ORDINANCES, STAFF RECOMMENDS THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVED THE RATE THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED AND APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION AT THE JULY 13TH, 2022 PRELIMINARY STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT FEE ASSESSMENT RATE HEARING AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISED FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 14TH, 2022. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE TO THE RESOLUTION.

>> YES, MADAM MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

THIS IS A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA RELATING TO LEVY AND COLLECTION OF THE CITY STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2022.

APPROVING, CONFIRMING AND ADOPTING THE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE AND STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE ROLE.

PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO LEVY AND COLLECTION OF THE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE ON THE ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS.

PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT, PROVIDING FOR SEPARABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND NOW WE'LL HAVE A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

>> AGAIN, FOR THE RECORD, JUST STATED BY THE MANAGER.

TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13821 WOULD ESTABLISH THE FINAL STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THE INITIAL STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FOR THE ASSESSMENT WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 13TH, 2022.

THE INITIAL STORM WATER UTILITY FEE ASSESSMENT WAS PUBLISHED VIA A TRIM NOTICE SENT BY THE PROPERTY TAX APPRAISER BEGINNING AUGUST 12TH, 2022.

A NOTICE OF THIS PUBLIC HEARING WAS PUBLISHED IN THE SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH, 2022 SUN SENTINEL.

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THE TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13821 ESTABLISHES THE FINAL STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE ASSESSMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

AGAIN, HERE'S WHAT THIS WOULD LOOK LIKE TO A PROPERTY OWNER.

IN THEIR TRIM NOTICE, YOU'LL NOTICE THEY'RE SHOWING THAT THE ASSESSMENT IS GOING UP FROM 2022 OF 142.27 UP TO 154.45.

AGAIN, THAT'S A CHANGE OF $12.18 OR 8.6 PERCENT.

THE REASON YOU HAVE AN 8.6 PERCENT INCREASE THERE IS BECAUSE THE ENACTING LEGISLATION STATES THAT THE FEE CAN BE ADJUSTED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS BY CPI OR THREE PERCENT, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER.

AT THE TIME THIS RESOLUTION HAD TO BE PUT TOGETHER, THE CPI WAS 8.6 PERCENT.

THE RATE PER EQUIVALENT RESIDENTIAL UNIT, AGAIN PER ERU IS $154.45 AND THAT INCLUDES ADMINISTRATIVE FEES, COLLECTION AND BILLING FEES BY BROWARD COUNTY.

THAT'S ALL COVERED FOR IN THAT $154.45.

THE ESTIMATED GROSS REVENUE TO COME FROM THE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY ASSESSMENTS IS $7,505,935.

THE NET OF THE EXEMPT BY DOWN OF $426,688 RESULTING IN ESTIMATED NET REVENUE OF $7,130,638 AT 95 PERCENT.

THAT IS THE FIGURE THAT WILL BE IN THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THE RATE RECOVERS THE FULL COST OF PROVIDING STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY WITHIN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

WITH THAT, PAT AND I ARE HERE TO TAKE ANY QUESTION.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OPEN NOW TO THE COMMISSION FOR ANY QUESTIONS. VICE MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. WHAT IS THE TOTAL FUND BALANCE OF THE STORM WATER FEE?

>> THIRTY MILLION FOUR HUNDRED AND TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

>> OKAY AND HOW MUCH DEBT IS OWED INTO THAT FUND?

>> HOW MUCH DEBT?

>> FROM THE COLONY WEST?

>> IT'S 150,000.

>> NO TO 5,870,000.

>> THAT'S RIGHT I'M SORRY.

>> IF YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE INTER FUND LOAN.

>> YES.

>> WE ANTICIPATE APPROXIMATELY $5,870,000.

>> WHAT WOULD BE THE BALANCE WITHOUT THAT LOAN? SINCE IT'S 30 MILLION.

>> APPROXIMATELY $24 MILLION.

>> OKAY, AND THE STORM WATER UTILITY FUND IS USED FOR WHAT?

>> TO FUND ALL THE STORM WATER.

TO PROVIDE STORM WATER SERVICES IT'S EVERYTHING.

IT'S EVERYTHING THAT THIS STORM WATER DIVISION DOES.

>> WHAT WAS THE BALANCE WHEN THE INTER-FUND LOAN WAS TAKEN? DO YOU REMEMBER?

>> I DON'T HAVE THAT.

THAT WAS IN 2016 I DON'T REMEMBER.

>> CAN YOU GO BACK TO THE CHART? A COUPLE OF SLIDES, JIM.

JUST ONE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THE EXEMPT BY DOWN IS OF THE 426,000?

>> THE EXEMPT BY DOWN IS THERE ARE CERTAIN GOVERNMENT OWNED PROPERTY THAT WE DON'T WANT TO CHARGE OUR SELF A FEE FOR.

>> OKAY.

>> SO THAT REPRESENTS THE NUMBER THAT WE EXEMPT AND WE PICK UP BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO CHARGE OUR SELF THAT.

>> RIGHT. YOU CAN GET BACK TO ME WITH THAT. I'M FINE, THANK YOU.

>> SEE NO OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION.

I WILL NOW OPEN UP PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13821.

IS THERE ANYBODY IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS ON THIS ITEM?

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SEE NO QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC.

PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED.

I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13821.

COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS HAS SET THE MOTION TO ADOPT TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13821, ESTABLISHING THE STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES P ASSESSMENT RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023. DO I HAVE A SECOND?

>> SECOND.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO HAS PROVIDED A SECOND.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR VICE MAYOR GELIN?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS?

>> YES.

>> MAYOR GOMEZ?

>> YES.

>> THANK YOU. MOTION PASSES 5-0.

>> THANK YOU. MOVING NOW TO TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13822.

[4.c TR13822 - A Resolution of the City of Tamarac, Florida, relating to the provision of Residential Solid Waste Collection Services in the City of Tamarac, Florida; approving the assessment rate for Residential Solid Waste Collection Services for the Fiscal Year beginning on October 1, 2022; imposing a Residential Solid Waste Collection Assessment against assessed property located within the City of Tamarac for the Fiscal Year beginning on October 1, 2022; providing for severability; providing for conflicts; and providing an effective date.]

MADAM CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

>> THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS BEEN USING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES SINCE 2013.

THIS ASSESSMENT IS AN EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT METHOD OF ALLOCATING AND COLLECTING THE RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSED COSTS AMONG SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TYPE PARCELS.

THE RESIDENTIAL RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 IS $278.75 PER RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNIT RECEIVING CURBSIDE PICKUP, WHICH IS NO CHANGE FROM FISCAL YEAR 2022.

INCLUDES THE COST OF RECYCLEBANK FOR RECYCLING SERVICES APPROVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION.

STAFF RECOMMENDS THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVED THE RATE THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED AND APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION AT THE JULY 13, 2022, PRELIMINARY SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT RATE HEARING, AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISE FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 14TH, 2022. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE TO THE RESOLUTION.

>> MADAM MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, THIS IS A RESOLUTION THE CITY TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES IN THE CITY TAMARAC, FLORIDA, APPROVING THE ASSESSMENT RATE FOR RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 1, 2022, AND POSING A RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION ASSESSMENT AGAINST ASSESSED PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN CITY OF TAMARAC FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 1, 2022, PROVIDING FOR SEPARABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

>> THANK YOU. WE WILL NOW HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

>> AGAIN, FOR THE RECORD, JUST THROUGH YOUR BUDGET MANAGER, TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13822, WOULD ESTABLISH THE FINAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THE INITIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 13TH, 2022.

THE INITIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT WAS PUBLISHED VIA A TRIM NOTICES BEGINNING IN AUGUST 12TH, 2022, WHICH WERE MAILED OUT BY THE PROPERTY APPRAISER ABOUT THAT TIME.

NOTICE OF THIS PUBLIC HEARING WAS PUBLISHED IN THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH, 2022, SUN SENTINEL.

TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13822 ESTABLISHES THE FINAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THIS SHOWS THE NOTICE OF THAT ASSESSMENT AND HOW THAT WAS ONE-YEAR COMPARED TO THE OTHER.

YOU'LL SEE THAT IT'S $278.75 IN BOTH FISCAL YEAR 2022 AND FISCAL YEAR 2023, NOTIFYING THE TAXPAYER OF NO CHANGE.

THE ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL RATE, AGAIN, NO INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR, $278.75.

THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSESSMENTS TO BE DERIVED FROM THAT IS $5,000,113,956.

IT PROVIDES FUNDING TO RECOVER THE COST OF SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES FOR SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL.

THAT WAS CURBSIDE PICKUP, ESSENTIALLY, ONLY INCLUDING COLLECTION COSTS BY CITY OF TAMARAC FRANCHISEE WASTE MANAGEMENT.

IT PAYS THE WASTE MANAGEMENT CONTRACT.

IT PAYS DISPOSAL FEES AT WHEELABRATOR SITES, AND IT PAYS ADMINISTRATIVE FEES INCLUDING COLLECTION AND BILLING FEES BY BROWARD COUNTY.

PAT AND I ARE HERE FOR ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

>> THANK YOU. OPENING UP TO THE COMMISSION AND I SEE THAT VICE MAYOR HAS A QUESTION.

>> JIM, CAN YOU GO BACK TO THE LAST LINE? THIS FEE DOES NOT APPLY TO PEOPLE THAT OWN CONDOS BECAUSE IT'S SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL?

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>> CORRECT. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO CONDOS, COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

THEY HAVE THEIR OWN COLLECTION SERVICES.

THIS IS FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE THEIR OWN COLLECTIONS.

>> OUR CONTRACT WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT IS EXPIRING AT SOME POINT.

CITY MANAGER, IS IT THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR?

>> NEXT YEAR.

>> OKAY. WHEN IS RFP SCHEDULED TO GO OUT FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT?

>> CAN YOU ASK THAT QUESTION AGAIN?

>> YES, SINCE THE CONTRACT IS GOING TO EXPIRE NEXT YEAR WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT, IS IN IT AT SOME POINT THIS YEAR AND RFP SHOULD BE GOING OUT?

>> YES. THE RFP I'LL GO OUT EARLY NEXT YEAR.

>> OKAY. DO WE ANTICIPATE ANY POTENTIAL SAVINGS FROM ISSUING AN RFP OR ABOUT THE SAME COST? OR WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION? I DON'T KNOW IF PURCHASING IS HERE, IF WE'VE SEEN ANY RECENT RFPS FROM OTHER CITIES THAT HAVE BEEN OUT THERE, WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES?

>> YEAH. TROY OR JOHN, TROY MAYBE CAN ANSWER THAT BETTER.

I DON'T EXPECT THAT WE WOULD SEE LOWER FEES, BUT TROY CAN SPEAK TO THAT.

>> TROY, GUYS, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES.

THE TRUTH IS THAT WE'VE SEEN THE CITIES OF SOUTHWEST RANCHES AND NORTH LAUDERDALE HAVE WITHIN THE LAST YEAR OR SO GONE ON FOR BIDS.

NORTH LAUDERDALE IS THE TRUEST COMPARISON FOR US.

WE ARE SEEING HIGHER COSTS NOW.

I AM HOPEFUL THAT BY DOING THE RFP NEXT YEAR THAT WE'LL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF A RELIEF FROM THE COSTS, NO GUARANTEES, BUT WE HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE LATELY.

BUT I'M ALSO UNDERSTANDING THAT BETWEEN COVID AND EVERYTHING ELSE, THERE AREN'T PRICES THAT ARE NOT AFFECTED.

IN THE BACKGROUND OF THIS ALSO, WE'RE WAITING FOR THE ILA THAT SHOULD BE RELATIVELY CLOSE FOR THE WHOLE SOLID WASTE COMPREHENSIVE DISTRICT.

I THINK THAT WILL ALSO HELP REDUCE SOME OF THE UNCERTAINTY IN WHAT THE FUTURE IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

>> JUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THE ILA IS INTENDING TO DO?

>> THE ILA IS INTENDING. [OVERLAPPING]

>> ONE MINUTE, PLEASE.

CITY CLERK, IF YOU CAN STOP THE CLOCK.

THIS IS NOT PART OF DISCUSSION.

>> THE ILA I'M DISCUSSING IS GOING TO BE CREATING A SOLID WASTE DISTRICT IN THE LATE EIGHT YEARS, EARLY INTO 2013, THERE'S RESOURCE RECOVERY BOARD AND THAT ENTITY WAS THE BODY THAT PROVIDED ALL OF THE COMPREHENSIVE SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL AND A LOT OF PROGRAMMING GOING ON AT THE COUNTY LEVEL.

ALL THE CITIES PARTICIPATED IN THAT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE SIMILAR.

ALTHOUGH WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASED LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION AND INPUT FROM THE CITIES, BUT IT'LL STILL BE A SPECIAL SOLID WASTE DISTRICT FOR THE COUNTY.

>> WHAT'S AN INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITIES AND THE COUNTIES WHICH SHOULD IMPROVE EFFICIENCIES AS IT RELATES TO WASTE MANAGEMENT AND HAULING TRASH?

>> CORRECT. ALL THE CITIES WILL STILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR INDEPENDENT HAULING CONTRACTS JUST THE WAY IT IS NOW.

BUT BY HAVING A BUDDY ON THE SAME PAGE AND HOPEFULLY BEING ABLE TO DO AN INDIVIDUAL REGIONAL CONTRACT VERSUS WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW ARE A NUMBER OF SMALLER CONTRACTS.

WE EXPECT TO SEE THAT A BENEFIT TO THE CITIES.

>> THANK YOU. QUESTION FOR FINANCE.

WHEN YOU GUYS DO YOUR PROJECTIONS, YOU GUYS DO A YEAR OVER YEAR PROJECTIONS AS YOU PROJECT OUT THREE-YEAR, FIVE-YEARS FORWARD? [OVERLAPPING] THIS BUDGET IS PROJECTED FOR 2023?

>> IT'S PROJECTED FOR THE ADOPTED BUDGET YEAR IN TWO FORECAST YEARS, CORRECT.

>> TWO FORECASTS YEARS. WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR FORECAST YEARS FOR SOLID WASTE?

>> UNTIL WE HAVE ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT'S CONCRETE INFORMATION, IT GROWING AT A SMALL PERCENTAGE.

>> OKAY. LIKE INFLATION OR CPI?

>> YES. WELL, ALL CPI.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. SEEING THAT THERE'S NO ONE ELSE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM FROM THE COMMISSION FOR RIGHT NOW, I WILL OPEN UP PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13822.

IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON THIS MATTER? SEEING NONE, PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED AND I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13822, PLEASE.

COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS HAS MOTION TO ADOPT

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TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13822 ESTABLISHING THE RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE SERVICES ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023. DO I HAVE A SECOND?

>> SECOND.

>> VICE MAYOR HAS MADE A SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION? SEEING NONE. CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> THANK YOU. MAYOR COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON?

>> YES.

>> MAYOR GOMEZ?

>> YES.

>> VICE MAYOR GARY?

>> YES.

>> MOTION PASSES FIVE TO ZERO. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. WE WILL NOW MOVE TO TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13823.

[4.d TR13823 - A Resolution of the City Commission of the City of Tamarac, Florida, relating to the provision of Nuisance Abatement on certain real properties by the City in accordance with Chapter 9, Article II, Division V of the City's Code of Ordinances; approving the collection of a Nuisance Abatement Special Assessment on real property that has been specially benefitted by the City's abatement of nuisances thereon; approving a Nuisance Abatement Assessment Roll; providing for conflict; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.]

MADAM CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. IN 2012, THE CITY COMMISSION ADOPTED THE PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT ORDINANCE.

AS PART OF THAT ORDINANCE, THE CITY COMMISSION AUTHORIZED THE USE OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR AMOUNTS BILLED BUT UNPAID AS OF JUNE 1 OF THE YEAR FOLLOWING THE ABATEMENT OF THE PUBLIC NUISANCE.

THE CITY ABATED SIX PUBLIC NUISANCES BETWEEN JUNE 1ST, 2021, AND MAY 31ST, 2022 ON TWO PROPERTIES.

THESE AMOUNTS ARE DELINQUENT AS OF THIS DATE.

CITY STAFF HAS PREPARED THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AGAINST EACH PROPERTY WITH UNSETTLED LEANS, THE TOTAL OF WHICH IS $3,439.01 TO BE COLLECTED ON THE TAX BILLS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THIS IS THE TENTH YEAR USING THIS TYPE OF ASSESSMENT.

STAFF RECOMMENDS THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVE THE PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT THAT WAS APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION AT THE JULY 13TH, 2022 PRELIMINARY PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENTS HEARING.

SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISE FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 14TH, 2022. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE TO THE RESOLUTION.

>> YES, MADAM MAYOR. MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION THIS IS A RESOLUTION CITY COMMISSIONERS, CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION NUISANCE ABATEMENT, UNCERTAIN REAL PROPERTIES BY THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 9, ARTICLE 2, DIVISION 5 OF THE CITY'S CODE OF ORDINANCES, APPROVING THE COLLECTION OF NUISANCE ABATEMENT, SPECIAL ASSESSMENT AND REAL PROPERTY THAT HAS BEEN SPECIALLY BENEFITED BY THE CITY'S ABATEMENT AND NUISANCES THERE ON APPROVING A NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT RURAL PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEPARABILITY, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

>> THANK YOU. WE WILL NOW HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

>> FOR THE RECORD, JEFF STRADER, BUDGET MANAGER, TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13823 WOULD ESTABLISH THE FINAL NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

BETWEEN JUNE 1ST OF 2021 AND MAY 31ST OF 2022, CODE ENFORCEMENT ABATED PUBLIC NUISANCES ON TWO PROPERTIES.

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF SIX NUISANCES, THREE ON EACH PROPERTY, BUT IT APPLIES TO TWO PROPERTIES.

ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, INCLUDING NOTICES AND COLLECTION EFFORTS, WERE COMPLIED WITH BY CITY STAFF.

TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13823 ESTABLISHES THE FINAL NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THE INITIAL NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 13TH, 2022, ON TWO PROPERTIES FOR A TOTAL ASSESSMENT OF $3,439.01.

THE INITIAL NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT WAS PUBLISHED VIA TRIM NOTICES SENT BY THE PROPERTY APPRAISER.

TWO PROPERTY OWNERS RECEIVED A NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT ON THEIR PAGE FOR THE TREND NOTICE, UNLIKE THE REST OF THE CITY.

NOTICE OF THIS PUBLIC HEARING WAS PUBLISHED IN THE AUGUST 14TH, 2022 SENTINEL.

NO PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE PROVIDED PAYMENT SINCE THE ADOPTION OF THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT ON JULY 13TH, 2022.

THESE ARE TWO PROPERTY IDS, IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS OF THE TWO PROPERTIES THAT RECEIVED A TRIM NOTICE WITH A NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT INCLUDED.

AGAIN, THE TOTAL IS $3,439.01.

ME AND PAT ARE HERE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NOW UP INTO MY COLLEAGUES FOR NO QUESTIONS.

MOVING TO PUBLIC HEARING, I'M OPENING UP THE PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13823.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? SEEING NONE.

PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED AND I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13823.

>> I MAKE A MOTION TO ADOPT TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13823, ESTABLISHING THE PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

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>> THANK YOU.

>> DO I HAVE A SECOND?

>> SECOND.

>> MOTION BY COMMISSIONER PLACKO, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

SEE NO DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION.

CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> THANK YOU. MAYOR VICE MAYOR GELIN?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS?

>> YES.

>> MAYOR GOMEZ?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> YES.

>> MOTION PASSES FIVE TO ZERO. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. MOVING NOW TO TEMPORARY ORDINANCE 2508.

[4.e TO2508 - An Ordinance of the City Commission of the City of Tamarac, Florida to establish and levy ad valorem taxes within the corporate limits of the City of Tamarac, Florida, for the tax year 2022; providing for the levy of ad valorem taxes in the amount of 7.2000 mills ($7.2000 per $1,000) based upon the taxable value of nonexempt real and personal property located within the City limits of the City of Tamarac; providing for conflicts; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.]

THIS IS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING FOR ESTABLISHING THE OPERATING MILEAGE RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THE SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2508 WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND, HERE AT 5:05 PM AT CITY HALL.

NOW, CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRUTH AND MILLAGE REQUIREMENTS OF FLORIDA STATUTES, THE CITY IS REQUIRED TO ANNOUNCE THE PERCENTAGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE AND THE ROLLBACK RATE.

AS SUCH, THE FOLLOWING IS READ INTO THE RECORD.

THE PROPOSED OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF 7.20000 MILS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 IS 0.7613 MILS OR 11.82 PERCENT MORE THAN THE ROLLBACK RATE OF 6.4387 MILS.

THAT CONCLUDES MY STATEMENT. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE TO THE TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2508.

>> YES, MA'AM. MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

THIS IS AN ORDINANCE CITY COMMISSIONER, CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, TO ESTABLISH AND LEVY AD VALOREM TAXES WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS, THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, FOR THE TAX YEAR 2023, PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF AD VALOREM TAXES AND THE AMOUNT OF 7.2000 MILS, $7,200 PER $1,000 BASED UPON THE TAXABLE VALUE OF THE NON-EXEMPT REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OR THE CITY OF TAMARAC, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEPARABILITY, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MADAM CITY MANAGER.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT THE TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE AND OPERATING BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 FOR YOUR REVIEW AND CONSIDERATION.

THIS BUDGET COMES AT A TIME OF CONTINUED ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY, BOTH LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY.

MERRILL LYNCH CALLS THIS POST-PANDEMIC CYCLE UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

FINANCIAL MARKET DISRUPTIONS, WAVERING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, CLIMBING INTEREST RATES RECORD HIGH INFLATION, SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES, LABOR SHORTAGES, AND THE SUSTAINED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACTS OF GEOPOLITICAL CONFLICTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD CONTINUED TO INCREASE THE COST TO DELIVER SERVICES TO OUR RESIDENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS.

PUTTING TOGETHER A BUDGET IN THIS ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT REQUIRES FORETHOUGHT PLANNING, AND PRUDENCE.

THE FINAL BUDGET MUST PROVIDE FOR THE CITY'S NEEDS AND MAINTAIN A SECURE FOUNDATION REQUIRED FOR CONTINUED FINANCIAL RESILIENCE.

THE CITY OF TAMARAC NEEDS THE FINANCIAL WHEREWITHAL THAT ALLOWS US TO PIVOT, TO MEET WHATEVER NEW UNCERTAINTY HEADS ARE WAY WHILE BEING FAIR TO OUR TAXPAYERS BECAUSE AS WE KNOW IN TIMES OF CRISIS, PEOPLE LOOK TO THE CITY TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THEIR CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES.

AS SUCH, THIS FISCAL YEAR 2023 BUDGET TAKES ALL OF THESE FACTORS INTO CONSIDERATION.

IT'S MEASURED IN THOUGHTFUL.

IT RELIES ON A $5,588,478 MILLION TRANSFER INFUSION FROM THE FUND BALANCE.

IT DOES NOT UNDULY BURDEN TAXPAYERS YET IS SUFFICIENT FOR THE CITY TO CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE HIGH LEVEL OF QUALITY OF LIFE THAT IS EXPECTED BY OUR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES.

WE KNOW WHAT OUR STAKEHOLDERS EXPECT.

SEVENTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF TAMARAC RESIDENTS AND 78 PERCENT OF BUSINESSES SURVEYED HAVE TOLD US THAT THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE SERVICES THEY RECEIVE.

WE KNOW WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR AND WE KNOW HOW TO PROVIDE IT.

THIS BUDGET DELIVERS ON THAT PROMISE, COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE ALWAYS EXCELLENT PARKS, POLICE, FIRE CODE, PUBLIC SERVICES, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS COME TO EXPECT.

WHILE THE RPA FUNDS INCREASED AND ASSESS VALUE OF SALES AND USE TAXES HAVE PROVIDED SOME BREATHING ROOM, STAFF REMAINS COMMITTED TO FISCAL PRUDENCE TO ENSURE FINANCIAL RESILIENCE INTO THE FUTURE.

IT'S VERY UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC CLIMATE.

THIS BUDGET IS PLAYING CATCH UP FROM THE PAST TWO YEARS WHEN WE FORM CIP PROJECTS, FLEET PURCHASES, AND MANY OTHER CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL EXPENDITURES.

WE'RE DOUBLING THE INVESTMENT IN CAPITAL FUNDS FROM LAST YEAR AND THEREBY HONORING COMMITMENTS FROM THE PAST, INCLUDING THE MUCH ANTICIPATED STABLE PALM PARK, COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD BUFFER WALL, LANDSCAPING, AND UPGRADES, AMONG OTHERS THAT SPAN SEVERAL YEARS ARE REQUIRED FUNDS.

THIS BUDGET ALSO ACCOUNTS FOR CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN

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TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO CONTINUE TO BUILD THE FIRST STREET SMART CITY.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY THE COURSE.

THE 7.2 MILLAGE RATE GIVES US THE FINANCIAL FLEXIBILITY TO MAINTAIN THE EXCELLENT QUALITY OF LIFE OUR RESIDENTS HAVE COME TO EXPECT, SECURES THE CITY HALL OFFERS FROM FINANCIAL CRISIS AND ALLOWS US TO STRATEGICALLY INVEST IN THE FUTURE.

NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO CUT.

NEXT YEAR WE KNOW WE NEED TO MAKE SOME HARD CHOICES.

THERE ARE MAJOR CIP PROJECTS IN THE OUT YEARS.

THERE'S LIKELY ADDITION OF NEEDED ADDITIONAL POLICE SERVICES AND INCREASES IN PAYROLL COSTS DUE TO AN UPCOMING CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION STUDY OF ALL CITY EMPLOYEES.

ALSO IN THE COMING YEAR, WE WILL STUDY FIRE RESCUE AND WATER AND SEWER FEES TO EVALUATE IF THEY ARE ADEQUATELY COVERING OUR RESPECTIVE EXPENSES IN THOSE AREAS, WE NEED TO REMAIN STEADY.

DOING SO ALLOWS US TO AVOID DRAMATIC INCREASES TO THE PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE COMING YEARS AND BALANCES MAINTAINING OUR COMMITMENTS WITH WHERE WE WANT TO BE IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION AND THE CONTINUING SUPPORT OF OUR GREAT STAFF IN PREPARING AND PRESENTING OUR FISCAL YEAR 2023 BUDGET.

I WILL NOW TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO JEFF STRADER BUDGET MANAGER FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PRESENTATION.

>> HERE WE GO. FOR THE RECORD, JEFF STREET OUR BUDGET MANAGER.

TODAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH IS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING FOR ESTABLISHING THE MILLAGE RATE.

THIS WILL BE A TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE THAT YOU ADOPT TONIGHT.

THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING MILLAGE RATE IS BEING PROPOSED AT 7.2000 MILLS.

THAT PROVIDES FOR GENERAL OPERATIONS OF THE CITY.

IT WILL EXCEED THE ROLLBACK RATE OF 6.4387 BY 0.7613 MILLS OR 11.82 PERCENT.

A MILLAGE RATE IS A MULTIPLICATION RATE THAT WHEN APPLIED TO EVERY $1,000 OF TAXABLE VALUE, DETERMINES AD VALOREM TAXES.

LET'S LOOK AT AN EXAMPLE.

LET'S LOOK AT A TAXABLE VALUE OF A PROPERTY AFTER APPLYING ELIGIBLE EXEMPTIONS OF $150,000.

TO FIGURE OUT YOUR AD VALOREM TAXES, YOU TAKE THE TOTAL VALUE DIVIDE THAT BY 1,000 AND THEN MULTIPLY THE RESULT OF THAT BY THE MILLAGE RATE.

THAT GIVES YOU $1,080.

THE CITY TAXES BUILT TO A PROPERTY OWNER WITH A TAXABLE VALUE OF $150,000 WOULD BE $1,080.

NOW, WHY DID I PICK $150,000? WELL, THE JULY 1 CERTIFIED VALUES THAT CAME OUT BY THE PROPERTY APPRAISER SAID THE TAMARAC'S MEDIAN AVERAGE TAXABLE VALUE WAS 143,960.

I FIGURED I'D PICK A NUMBER THAT WAS CLOSE TO THAT MEDIAN AND GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF THAT.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SEE HOW THE SAVE OUR HOME.

IF YOU LOOK HERE, THIS IS FROM AN ACTUAL TREND NOTICE, WE REDACTED CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

BUT WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS IS YOU LOOK AT THE SOH LINE, THE ASSESSED SOH.

WE'VE TALKED ALL ALONG THROUGH THE WORKSHOPS HELD THAT THE SAVE OUR HOMES IS CAPPED AT THREE PERCENT.

YOU'LL SEE A THREE PERCENT CHANGE FROM 2022-2023 IN THAT SOH LINE.

THEN FROM THAT, YOU DEDUCT ANY ELIGIBLE EXEMPTIONS TO GET TO YOUR TAXABLE VALUE.

THIS PROPERTY OWNER HAD A RESULTING TAXABLE VALUE OF $150,330.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN TERMS OF TAXES AND TAXES THAT THEY'RE BUILT? WELL, HERE'S WHAT THEY SAW IN THEIR TRIM NOTICE.

THEY SAW THAT THE CITY TAXES WE'RE GOING TO GO UP FROM, I'M SORRY I'M USED TO TALKING WITH BIG NUMBERS HERE, $1,040 TO $1,082, WHICH IS A $42 INCREASE FROM FISCAL YEAR 2022-2023.

BY KEEPING THE MILLAGE RATE AT 7.2.

WHICH IS WHAT THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE WE ADAPTED AT THE JULY 13TH MEETING.

THAT'S WHAT WENT INTO THE TRIM NOTICES.

BUT ALSO NOTICE THAT 1,082, I HIGHLIGHTED WHAT THE TOTAL AD VALOREM IS TO SHOW YOU THAT THE CITY'S TAXES ONLY REPRESENT 32.2 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AD VALOREM THAT A PROPERTY OWNER PAYS IN

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TAXES IN TOTAL TO BROWARD COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR.

THE CITY ONLY REPRESENTS THE CITY'S PORTION OF THE TAX BILL.

WHEN IT COMES TO AD VALOREM, IT'S ONLY 32.2 PERCENT.

THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT HERE.

THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE OF 7.2000 MILLS WILL SUPPORT THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET FOR ITS FISCAL YEAR 2023.

IT MAINTAINS CURRENT SERVICE LEVELS TO CITY RESIDENTS AND IT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THREE ADDITIONAL FULL-TIME POSITIONS AND THE CONVERSION OF ONE FULL-TIME POSITION TO FULL-TIME.

EVEN WITH THE STAFFING CHANGES THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED, THE GENERAL FUND FTE PER THOUSAND RESIDENCE IS COMING DOWN FROM FISCAL YEAR FROM 3.12 IN FISCAL YEAR 2022 TO 2.86 IN FISCAL YEAR 2023, EVEN WITH THE PLANNED STAFFING CHANGES.

FISCAL YEAR 2023 FUNDING FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, AGAIN, RELIES HEAVILY ON APPROPRIATED FUND BALANCE AS IT HAS FOR YEARS.

THE CITY REACHED A POINT A FEW YEARS BACK WHEN NO ANNUAL OPERATING REVENUE WAS REALLY AVAILABLE TO FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS.

YOU LOOK ON DESIGNATED SAVINGS FOR GENERAL FUND TRANSFERS TO PAY FOR THOSE PROJECTS.

THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING FOR YEARS NOW.

NOW TAMARAC, EVEN THOUGH TAMARAC HAS THE 10TH HIGHEST MILLAGE RATE IN THE COUNTY, IT REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST VALUES IN BROWARD COUNTY.

IT REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST VALUES BECAUSE TAMARAC RANKS SEVENTH LOWEST FOR TAXES LEVIED ON A MEDIAN SINGLE-FAMILY HOME AND IT RANKS FOURTH LOWEST FOR TAXES LEVIED ON A MEDIAN VALUE CONDOMINIUM.

NOW HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? WELL, THERE'S TWO FORCES.

THERE'S TWO FACTORS THAT ACT TO SUPPRESS THE CITY'S ABILITY TO DERIVE PROPERTY TAX REVENUE FROM ITS TAX BASE.

THE FIRST FACTOR IS THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE TAX BASE.

IT IS BETTER TO HAVE MORE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY IN YOUR TAX BASE BECAUSE YOU DERIVE LARGER PROPERTY TAXES FROM THOSE TYPE OF PROPERTIES.

THE CITY OF TAMARAC IS COMPOSED OF 78 PERCENT RESIDENTIAL VERSUS 22 PERCENT COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL.

THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR THE CITY TO GENERATE AND DERIVE PROPERTY TAXES FROM ANY TAX BASE IT HAS.

NOW, WITHIN THAT RESIDENTIAL TAX BASE, THE AVERAGE AND MEDIAN VALUES IN COMPARISON TO THE REST OF THE COUNTY ALSO SUPPRESSES THE CITY'S ABILITY.

BECAUSE THE MEDIAN OF 143,960 LAGS FAR BEHIND THE COUNTYWIDE MEDIAN AVERAGE VALUE OF 213,000.

THEN AVERAGE TAXABLE VALUE OF 152,000, EVEN LAGS FURTHER BEHIND THE AVERAGE COUNTYWIDE MEDIAN OR COUNTYWIDE AVERAGE OF 280,000.

YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT WOULD BE MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE CITY OF TAMARAC TO DEGENERATE TAX REVENUES THAN SOME OF THESE OTHER CITIES WITH THESE HIGHER MEDIAN AND AVERAGE TAXABLE VALUES.

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES AND CONCERNS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

THE AD VALOREM REVENUES ARE ESSENTIALLY CAPPED AT 3.0 FOR HOMESTEADERS, PROPERTY, FOR OWNERS AND SAVE OUR HOMES PROGRAM.

WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, CPI, INFLATION HAS INCREASED AND IS CURRENTLY PEGGED AT 8.5 PERCENT.

THE MAJORITY OF YOUR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES ARE GROWING AT A CAPPED AMOUNT OF THREE PERCENT BECAUSE OF HOW TO SAVE OUR HOMES PROGRAM WORKS.

THE ONLY HOMES THAT ARE GROWING BY THAT ARE THE HOMES THAT ARE TRANSFERRING VALUE, AND YES, LUCKILY THIS YEAR, BECAUSE OF ALL THE ACTIVITY AND INSANELY HIGH PRICES IN THE HOUSING MARKET, YOU GOT A LITTLE BOOTHS, BUT HOW LONG CAN THAT CONTINUE? THE ESTIMATED COST OF CONSTRUCTION FOR CITY PROJECTS THAT THE PUBLIC SERVICES IS NOW WORKING WITH IS UP TO $500 PER SQUARE FOOT.

WHEN WE PUT TOGETHER OUR ESTIMATES IN APRIL FOR THE CIP PROGRAM, THAT ESTIMATE WAS $400 A SQUARE FOOT.

IT'S JUST SKYROCKETING, AND THE ESTIMATED COST TO CONSTRUCT AN EIGHT-FOOT HIGH BUFFER WALL IS NOW UP TO $595 PER LINEAR FOOT.

THESE ARE THE COST ESTIMATES THAT PUBLIC SERVICE IS WORKING WITH AND THE INDUSTRY MAY BE HIGHER OR LOWER,

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BUT THESE ARE THE COSTS THAT WE CAN AVAIL OURSELVES TO.

CAPITAL PROJECTS CONTINUE TO HAVE FUNDING CHALLENGES.

JUST LIKE LAST YEAR PROJECTS WERE DEFERRED, THE YEAR BEFORE PROJECTS WERE DEFERRED.

NOW SOME OF THOSE PROJECTS ARE BEING BROUGHT BACK ONLINE, IMBALANCED WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

FUND BALANCE TRANSFERS ARE STILL REQUIRED.

THERE'S ESSENTIALLY NO ONGOING REVENUE TO FUND THE CIP.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LARGE TICKET PROJECTS THAT CAME OUT OF THE E SITE FEASIBILITY STUDY THAT TOGETHER THEY ACCOUNT WHEN WE PUT THESE ESTIMATES TOGETHER IN APRIL THEY ARE IN THE PLAN, BUT THEY STILL REQUIRE FUNDING.

THOSE THREE PROJECTS ALONE ARE GOING TO REQUIRE, BASED ON OLDER ESTIMATES, $28 MILLION OF FUNDING, AND WITH WHAT YOU SEE AND WHAT PUBLIC SERVICES HAS TO DEAL WITH WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AS FAR AS CHANGING CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATES, YOU CAN SEE HOW THOSE THREE PROJECTS CAN BURN THROUGH UNDESIGNATED SAVINGS PRETTY DARN QUICK 28 MILLION.

THAT'S A LARGE NUMBER.

HERE I JUST WANTED TO SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT OF A HISTORY OF WHAT'S GOING ON WITH INFLATION.

SORT OF GIVE YOU SOME CONTEXT ON WHAT IT ALL MEANS.

FIRST OF ALL, LOOKING AT THIS TABLE, YOU CAN SEE THAT INFLATION HAS BEEN RUNNING HOT ABOVE 7.0 SINCE DECEMBER OF 2021.

AS RECENTLY AS MAY OR OF MAY OF 2020, IT WAS AS LOW AS 0.1 PERCENT.

BUT PRIOR TO THAT, IT NEVER EVEN APPROACHED THREE PERCENT.

THE CLOSEST THAT GOT WAS 2.7, GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2017.

NOW WE'RE DEALING WITH INFLATION NUMBERS THAT ARE IN EIGHT, NINE, AND WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, WHICH IS WHY I HAVE THOSE QUESTION MARKS THERE THEY JUST ACCENTUATE THE POINT THAT IT'S SUCH AN UNCERTAIN THING RIGHT NOW.

YOU GOT PLAN FOR THE TYPE OF THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE TO REACT TO.

PAYING FOR HIGHER CONSTRUCTION COSTS, PAYING MORE FOR GAS AND DIESEL TO FUEL YOUR FLEET.

ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO FACTOR IN.

IN FACT, I ANTICIPATE POSSIBLY HAVING TO BRING IN THE BUDGET AMENDMENT AN INCREASE FOR DIESEL.

OR WE MAY HAVE TO A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO COVER WHAT WE'VE PAID OUT AND FUEL ON DIESEL COSTS.

NOW, LET'S BACK UP.

IN ADDITION, ON TOP OF RECORD, HIGH INFLATION.

THERE'S A MYRIAD OF GLOBAL AND NATIONAL ISSUES THAT WE HEAR ABOUT EVERYDAY IN THE NEWS.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THERE IS STILL A PASSIVE POSSIBILITY IN TERMS OF THAT, A VARIANT SURGES, POSSIBLE MORE LOCKDOWNS.

THERE'S POSSIBILITY OF AN ENTIRELY NEW PANDEMIC.

THERE'S A BUNCH OF NEW DISEASES.

IF THE CVCS TALKING ABOUT.

THERE'S NEW YORK HAS ISSUED AN EMERGENCY FOR POLIO AND WHERE IS IT GOING TO GO? IMPACTS A WAR IN UKRAINE, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT'S GOING TO DO IS YOU DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S GOING TO IMPACT THE DAILY LIFE HERE OF TAMARAC RESIDENTS, OR HOW THE CITY HAS TO OPERATE AND DO BUSINESS.

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MARKET UNCERTAINTY.

HIGHEST PRICES FOR GAS AND DIESEL FUEL EVER ON RECORD.

SUPPLY CHAIN IS CAUSING PRODUCT SHORTAGES, LONG DELIVERY DELAYS.

NOW THERE'S TALK OF POTENTIAL FOOD SHORTAGES BECAUSE FARMERS ARE GOING TO HARVEST LESS BECAUSE THERE'S A COST OF FERTILIZER.

I MEAN, WE'RE HEARING ALL THESE CRAZY THINGS AND THERE'S GOING TO BE AN EVENTUAL END TO THE EVICTION MORATORIUM.

LET'S TAKE THAT ITEM JUST AS AN EXAMPLE.

ON AUGUST 28TH, I READ AN ARTICLE THAT THE US CENSUS BUREAU IS ESTIMATING THAT WITHIN THE TWO MONTHS FOLLOWING AUGUST 28TH, ALMOST 4 MILLION PEOPLE THEY EXPECT TO BE EVICTED.

THAT'S A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, AND IT COULD CERTAINLY BE SOME PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

NOW, MOST PEOPLE ALIVE IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY HAVE NEVER HAD A DEAL WITH ANY OF THESE ISSUES OR EXPERIENCED AND EVEN KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, HOW THEY COULD AFFECT THEIR DAILY LIFE.

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THE SITUATION THAT I'VE OUTLINED HERE THAT TAMARAC RESIDENTS COULD BE FACING AND THE CITY, COULD BE FACING BRINGS TO MIND OF AN AGE OLD SAYING SOMETHING ABOUT NOT BEING PENNY WISE AND POUND FOOLISH.

ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION.

IF AND WHEN? ALL OF THESE ISSUES CONVERGE TO FORM WHAT COULD EASILY BE CONSIDERED AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO TAMARAC RESIDENTS? WOULDN'T YOU WANT THE CITY TO HAVE AS MANY OF ITS OWN ONGOING RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO STEP IN AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WHERE THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS UNABLE TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE OUT WITH A NEW PROGRAM THAT MAY FIND THEMSELVES SUFFERING IT NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

AGAIN, JUST TO SUMMARIZE THIS PRESENTATION IN A SNAPSHOT, THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING MILLAGE RATE IS BEING PROPOSED AT 7.200 MILS.

WE BELIEVE THAT WILL NOT UNDULY IMPACT TAXPAYERS, AND IT WILL PROVIDE CITIES OF FLEXIBILITY.

IT NEEDS TO REACT TO SOME OF THESE THINGS I'VE OUTLINED FOR YOU TODAY.

IT OBVIOUSLY PROVIDES FOR GENERAL OPERATIONS OF THE CITY.

IT WILL MAINTAIN CURRENT SERVICE LEVELS TO RESIDENTS AT A TIME WHEN THE CITY IS EXPECTED TO PAY CONSIDERABLY MORE FOR EVERYTHING IT DOES, ALL THE GOODS AND SERVICES IT BUYS, AND IT FUNDS THE DESIRED LEVEL OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF TODAY'S MEETING, THIS PUBLIC HEARING, THE COMMISSION MUST ADOPT A TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE BEFORE WE CAN MOVE ON TO THIS DISCUSSION WITH A TON OF THE BUDGET.

THIS MILLAGE RATE WILL AGAIN BE CONSIDERED A NOT TO EXCEED RATE FOR THE SEPTEMBER 22 PUBLIC HEARING.

AT THAT TIME, YOU CAN ADAPT A LOWER RATE, BUT YOU CANNOT ADOPT A HIGHER RATE.

BASED ON THE ACTIONS THE CITY COMMISSION TAKES TONIGHT IN REGARDS TO THE MILLAGE RATE, THE BUDGET SUMMARY AD WILL APPEAR IN THE SUN SENTINEL ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2022, AND WITH THAT, PATENT AND I ARE HERE TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> IT'S NOT A QUESTION. JUST WANTED TO GIVE STAFF KUDOS ON THE BUDGET.

I DO QUITE A FEW EVERY MONTH AND EVERY YEAR, AND IT'S A LOT OF WORK THAT GOES INTO IT AND JUST WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THAT.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SEEING NO OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION, I WILL OPEN UP PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2508.

IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? SEEING NONE. PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED AND I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO SET TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE.

>> I MAKE A MOTION TO SET THE TENTATIVE OPERATING MILLAGE RATE AT 7.2000 MILS, WHICH IS 0.7613 MILS OR 11.82 PERCENT MORE THAN THE ROLLBACK RATE OF 6.4387 MILS.

>> THINK I NEED A SECOND.

>> SECOND.

>> THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

ANY DISCUSSION ON THIS MOTION? VICE MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. JEFF, YOU GAVE A LOT OF STATISTICS AND TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES IN THE ECONOMY.

I THINK YOU ACTUALLY MADE A GREAT CASE AS TO WHY WE SHOULD LOWER THE MILLAGE RATE, AND THEREFORE LOWER THE PROPERTY TAX FEES THAT SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS WILL PAY.

JAMES, IF YOU CAN GO BACK A COUPLE OF SLIDES SOME OF THE EXPENSES, ONE MORE, YEAH.

FOR EXAMPLE, MY QUESTION TO THE CITY, WHETHER IT'S THE CITY MANAGER OR FINANCE.

WHEN THERE ARE CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY, MOST PEOPLE ADAPT TO THE CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY.

FOR EXAMPLE, INTEREST RATES ARE HIGH, THE HOME VALUES HAVE INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY SO SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE PLANNING TO BUY A HOME THIS YEAR HAVE DECIDED, I'M GOING TO DELAY MY DESIRE

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AND GOAL TO PURCHASE A HOME NOW BECAUSE HOME BALANCE HAVE INCREASED, COST OF INCREASE, I'M GOING TO WAIT UNTIL THE MARKET NORMALIZES.

WHEN YOU SHOW THE CHART OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, IT'S OFF THE CHARTS FOR THIS YEAR.

WOULD IT MAKE SENSE TO DELAY THE CONTINUED CONSTRUCTION OF BUFFER WALLS OR BUILDING PROJECTS WHEN THE COSTS HAVE INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY AND IS OUT OF THE NORM? [BACKGROUND] CITY MANAGER, OR FINANCE, WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE.

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>> I'M IN CHARGE. THIS COMMISSION HAS PUT THOSE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AS PRIORITIES.

AND SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT DIRECTION THAT WAS GIVEN TO US RELATED TO THESE PARK PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN LONG IN COMING, AND THAT THE COMMUNITY IS EXPECTING TO HAVE BUILT.

ADDITIONALLY, WE PUT OFF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, AND SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE'RE WILLING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SOME OF THESE ISSUES, AND WITH THE MILLAGE RATE AS ITS EXISTING RATE, WE BELIEVE THAT IT'S AFFORDABLE.

>> EARLIER THIS YEAR, I THINK AFTER WE DID ONE OF OUR BUDGET MEETINGS, WE WERE TOLD BY FINANCE THAT WE ONLY SPENT 80 PERCENT OF LAST YEAR'S BUDGET.

IS THAT CORRECT? [BACKGROUND]

>> BECAUSE IN 2021, THE TOTAL EXPENDITURES EXPANDED ENDED UP TO BE LESS THAN IN NORMAL YEARS, AND THAT WAS MAINLY BECAUSE WE DID LESS BECAUSE OF COVID, AND WE CAME IN I BELIEVE SOMEWHERE AROUND 83 PERCENT.

>> OKAY, SO IF OUR BUDGET IS 100 MILLION DOLLARS, WE SPENT 83 MILLION DOLLARS INSTEAD OF 100 MILLION DOLLARS?

>> CORRECT.

>> JUST TO MAKE THE MATH SIMPLE FOR EVERYONE.

>> THE PLAN WAS TO SPEND 100,000.

A BUDGET IS A PLAN.

>> CORRECT.

>> A BUDGET DOES EVOLVE.

>> RIGHT, AND YOU HAVE MONEY ALLOCATED TO FUND THE PLAN AND WE CAME IN AT 17 PERCENT LOWER THAN THE PLANNED AMOUNT.

>> WHEN THAT HAPPENS, YOU'RE ABLE TO ADD TO FUND BALANCE, CORRECT.

>> WHAT IS OUR FUND BALANCE NOW? RECLAIMING MY TIME.

>> ARE YOU TALKING OF THE UNDESIGNATED FUND BALANCE OR TOTAL FUNDS BALANCE?

>> UNDESIGNATED AND TOTAL.

>> IS 41 MILLION.

[NOISE] [OVERLAPPING] FORTY-ONE MILLION.

[MUSIC]

>> LAST YEAR, STAFF RECOMMENDED THAT WE KEPT THE MILLAGE RATE THE SAME AT 7.28999 MILLS, AND WE DROPPED THE 899.

HOW WAS THE CITY HARMED OR HURT OR DAMAGED BY NOT MAINTAINING THAT SAME MILLAGE RATE?

>> [BACKGROUND]. WE'RE NOT FINISHED WITH FISCAL YEAR 2022 YET.

>> CITY MANAGER.

>> WHAT WERE WE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE IN TERMS OF SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY?

>> I DON'T HAVE THAT AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW BUT I CAN PROVIDE THAT TO THE COMMISSION AS TO EXACTLY WHAT WAS CUT IN ORDER TO MAKE THE MILLAGE RATE WORK AT 7.20.

>> BUT EVEN THOUGH WE'VE REDUCED THE PROPERTY TAX RATE, WE STILL RECEIVE APPROXIMATELY 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL REVENUE, RIGHT?

>> OVER AND ABOVE THE PRIOR YEAR.

>> CORRECT, YES. IN 2020, WE RECEIVED 28 MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUES, THEN IN 2021 WE GOT 30 MILLION.

>> WE BUDGETED 30 MILLION.

>> CORRECT.

>> WE USUALLY RECEIVE, IN TERMS OF PROPERTY TAX, WE BUDGET 95 PERCENT BECAUSE BY LAW THOSE TYPES OF REVENUES YOU BUDGET 95 PERCENT.

SAME GOES WITH HALF-CENT SALES TAX SHARED REVENUE, YOU BUDGET 95 PERCENT TO ACCOUNT FOR NON-PAYERS, THAT TYPE OF THING.

>> UNDERSTANDABLE. IN 2022, THE ASSESSED TAXABLE VALUE BASED ON THIS DOCUMENT IS SHOWN AT 4.7 BILLION DOLLARS, AND THEN THE PROJECTED VALUE FOR 2023 IS 5.3 BILLION DOLLARS.

>> THE JULY 1,

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CERTIFIED VALUE IS 5.332 BILLION DOLLARS.

>> WHICH REPRESENTS 12 PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR.

>> 12.29.

>> CORRECT, SO PROJECTED REVENUE FOR THE CITY'S AMOUNT, 36 MILLION DOLLARS?

>> IT'S APPROXIMATELY 3.99 MILLION MORE THAN WHAT WE BUDGETED LAST YEAR.

>> CORRECT. THAT'S WHAT I HAVE, SO WHY DO WE NEED DOUBLE THE AMOUNT THAT WE GOT LAST YEAR? LAST YEAR WE GOT 1.89.

IF WE KEEP THE RATE THE SAME AT 7.2, IT WILL BE ALMOST DOUBLE THE 1.8.

RECLAIMING MY TIME. THANKS.

>> COMMISSIONER, WHEN YOU SAY 1.8, WHAT ARE YOU REFERRING TO EXACTLY? I HAVE THE DOCUMENTS. [OVERLAPPING]

>> I JUST SENT YOU AND JAMES THE SPREADSHEET.

>> YOU SENT US A SPREADSHEET NOW DURING THIS MEETING?

>> CORRECT. I BASICALLY TOOK THE DATA THAT WAS GIVEN TO US AND PUT IT IN AN EASIER-TO-READ FORMAT.

IF YOU CAN OPEN UP YOUR EMAIL, JAMES, AND SHOW IT TO THE CROWD AND TO THE COMMISSION.

>> MAYOR, [OVERLAPPING] WE HAVEN'T SEEN IT, STAFF HAS NOT HAD THE VALUE, THE OPPORTUNITY, TO LOOK AT THIS AND I DON'T SEE IT IN MY EMAIL [OVERLAPPING]

>> JEFF IS MATCHING MY NUMBERS.

I'M STATING IT, AND HE'S MATCHING MY NUMBERS, SO EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THE SAME THING.

>> [OVERLAPPING] I DON'T HAVE THAT IN MY EMAIL.

>> THIS STUFF COULD HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED EARLIER TO THE COMMISSION AND TO THE CITY MANAGER [OVERLAPPING]

>> YOU DON'T HAVE TO, I HAVE IT IN FRONT OF ME AND MY NUMBERS MATCH.

>> I THINK I MIGHT BE ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IF THAT'S OKAY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THE 3.9 INCREASE COMPARED TO THE 1.8 INCREASE, THAT EXTRA, THE MONEY IS BEING ABSORBED OR CONSUMED THROUGH INCREASED COSTS.

EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS COSTING MORE, WE HAVE TO BUDGET MORE.

WE HAVE TO PLAN TO PAY MORE FOR WHAT WE WERE PAYING LESS FOR LAST YEAR, THAT GOES FOR EVERYTHING.

>> CORRECT, SO WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE GOT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR THAT?

>> THE MONEY THAT WE GOT THROUGH RPA WAS REVENUE REPLACEMENT.

WE WERE ABLE TO USE IT TO PAY FOR POLICE PROTECTION SERVICES.

>> THAT WAS FIVE MILLION FOR LAST YEAR, WE GOT FIVE MILLION FOR THIS YEAR.

>> THAT HASN'T YET BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE BUDGET.

>> HAVE WE RECEIVED IT YET?

>> YES, THE CHARGE HAS BEEN RECEIVED, BUT IT GETS ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE BUDGET AMENDMENT.

>> THAT WILL BE BUDGETED IN THE BUDGET AMENDMENT IN NOVEMBER, THAT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU IN AN AMENDMENT.

>> BUT IF WE KNOW WE'RE GETTING ANOTHER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS, WHY ARE WE NEED TO TAX OUR PEOPLE AN ADDITIONAL FOUR MILLION DOLLARS?

>> THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IS REVENUE REPLACEMENT.

IT'S ACCOUNTING FOR THE YEARS THE 2020 AND 2021 WHERE WE DIDN'T COLLECT THE REVENUES THAT WE WERE EXPECTED AND THAT HOW THAT MONEY WAS INTENDED.

ADDITIONALLY, THIS YEAR WE ARE PAYING DOUBLE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS BECAUSE WE WENT TWO YEARS WITHOUT IT.

WHICH WAS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO GIVE MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS MONEY BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE THE IMPACT ON THE BOTTOM LINE OF CITIES AND COUNTIES EVERYWHERE.

>> WE'RE REPLACING REVENUE FOR MONEY WE DIDN'T SPEND BECAUSE WE SPENT 83 PERCENT OF OUR BUDGET.

>> I THINK SHE'S ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION.

>> RIGHT?

>> YES, BUT WE DID PUT OFF FLEET PURCHASES, WE PUT OFF LOTS OF THINGS.

WE HAVE COMPUTERS THAT WE'RE BUYING IN THIS YEAR, A LOT OF EXPENSES THAT WE DIDN'T DO WE'RE NOW CATCHING UP WITH.

THAT'S WHAT I SAID EARLIER.

>> BUT IS THAT AN EXAMPLE ABOUT COMPUTER PURCHASES, AN EXAMPLE OF AN EXPENSE THAT CAN BE DELAYED [OVERLAPPING] FOR LATER ON?

>> FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THE QUESTION HAS ALREADY BEEN ASKED AND ANSWERED, YOU KNOW IT, SO GO AHEAD, COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> THE VICE MAYOR TIMER HAS EXPIRED.

>> HE'S BEEN ASKED AND ANSWERED. IS THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION AT THIS TIME? SO THEN IT'S MY QUESTIONS IF THAT'S OKAY, SINCE WE'RE UP TO THE COMMISSION AT THIS POINT.

BASICALLY, THE BUDGET WAS MONEY WE WERE EXPECTING.

HAD WE RECEIVED ALL THE MONEY THAT WE WERE EXPECTING, FOR THE YEAR THAT WE ARE BEING THERE'S THE CLAIM THAT WE HAD OVER BUDGET, THAT WE HAD EXTRA MONEY.

>> IN REALITY, IN TERMS OF REVENUE, WE USUALLY FINISH UP A LITTLE ABOVE 100 PERCENT.

IT'S A PLAN THAT SOME REVENUES COME IN HIGHER THAN WE BUDGET BECAUSE WE PURPOSELY BUDGET CONSERVATIVELY.

OUR REVENUES COME IN, TYPICALLY ALMOST ALL YEARS,

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A LITTLE BIT ABOVE 100 PERCENT IN TOTAL TO THE GENERAL FUND.

>> ALL RIGHT, I'M GOING TO ASK IT IN A LITTLE BIT SIMPLER TERMS. WE BUDGETED FOR $183,000 TO SPEND.

I'M JUST USING $183,000.

WE DIDN'T SPEND ALL 183.

DID WE ACTUALLY RECEIVE ALL THE MONEY WE NEEDED TO SPEND THAT YEAR? WE WERE AT NEUTRAL.

WE'RE AT SOME ZERO?

>> WE RECEIVED THAT AND MORE AND WHAT THAT ENABLED US TO DO WAS TO ADD TO FUND BALANCE AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

>> WITH THAT MONEY WE WERE ABLE TO THEN PAY AND ASSIST PEOPLE WHO NEEDED HELP WITH THEIR DEBT.

WE HAD PEOPLE WITH HOMEOWNERS' OBLIGATIONS.

WHERE DID THE MONEY COME FROM THAT THE CITY USED TO HELP THE 863 PEOPLE IN THE CITY THAT NEEDED ASSISTANCE? DID IT COME FROM THOSE FUNDS?

>> THERE ARE A VARIETY OF FUNDS THAT THE CITY USED IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE, 250,000 OF WHICH CAME FROM GENERAL FUND.

>> THERE WAS MONEY THAT WAS UTILIZED FOR THAT.

VICE MAYOR, I DON'T NEED YOUR HELP, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. VICE MAYOR, [OVERLAPPING]

>> POINT OF ORDER.

>> NO.

>> WE WERE REIMBURSED THAT 250,000 FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AIN'T THAT CORRECT?

>> EITHER ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED NOW.

>> WE WERE REIMBURSED THAT 250.

>> HE'S MADE A STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD.

REASON BEING IN THIS, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IF WE WERE TO REDUCE THE MILLAGE RATE BY 1 PERCENT, BY 0.1 MILLS, HOW MUCH MONEY WOULD BE REDUCED OUT OF OUR BUDGET?

>> FIVE HUNDRED AND SIX THOUSAND, SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN DOLLARS.

>> SO $506,516. IS THAT WHAT I HEARD?

>> 506,616.

>> BASICALLY, HALF-A-MILLION DOLLARS WOULD BE REMOVED FROM OUR BUDGET IF WE WERE TO AGREE TO DECREASE IT AND IT COULD GO FOR SERVICES THAT WOULD WANT TO BE DECREASED.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE A CITY TO RECOVER IF WE WERE TO REDUCE THAT AMOUNT IN THE BUDGET, HOW MANY YEARS?

>> DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU PLAN TO PAY FOR IN THOSE FUTURE YEARS.

YOU COULD WORK, IF YOU CONTINUE THE CUTS, YOU CAN RECOVER IN A SHORT TIME.

BUT IF YOU WANT TO FIND THINGS TO SPEND MORE, YOU MIGHT CREATE MORE PROGRAMS, YOU WANT TO DO MORE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY.

IT'LL EXTEND THE TIME THAT IT TAKES YOU TO RECOVER.

IT WILL EXACERBATE THE LOSS THAT YOU'RE STARTING WITH IN FISCAL YEAR '23.

THAT LOSS GROWS BECAUSE THAT 1/10 OF A CUT IS NOW APPLIED TO A LARGER TAXABLE VALUE.

[OVERLAPPING] WE ARE LOSING MORE AND MORE MONEY.

IT STARTS OUT AT 506,616 IN YOUR FISCAL YEAR 2023 THAT YOU'RE TAKING AWAY FROM YOURSELF.

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT. THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER, LIKE THE AVERAGE MEDIAN, MEDIAN INCOME, OR PROPERTY VALUED HOMEOWNER AT THIS TIME IS GOING TO BE PAYING $40 AT 7.2000.

IF WE WERE TO REDUCE IT TO 7.1000, THE SAVINGS TO THAT HOMEOWNER WOULD BE IF I KNOW, IT'S $14, IS THAT?

>> I'LL EXPLAIN IT THIS WAY, AT 7.2, THE MEDIAN TAXABLE VALUE, A HOMEOWNER, IS GOING TO HAVE A $40 INCREASE FROM 2022 TO 2023.

IF YOU CUT 1/10 OF A MILL, THAT WILL REDUCE THAT INCREASE TO $26.

YOU'LL KNOCK OFF $14 FROM THE INCREASE FOR EVERY TENTH OF A MILL, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE CITY IS SACRIFICING $506,616.

>> IF I HEARD THE CITY MANAGER CORRECTLY, WE ARE LOSING EMPLOYEES BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A PAY SCALE THAT IS COMMENSURATE WITH OTHER CITIES.

WE ARE RECEIVING CALLS SAYING WE WANT MORE OF OUR ROADS CLEANED AND WE WANT BETTER PAVING. WE NEED PAVING.

ALL THESE OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, SOME OF WHICH WE HAVE HELD OFF, DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD THE MONEY AND WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO SAVE AND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING SINCE WE'RE RECOVERING, WERE SUPPOSEDLY IN RECOVERY TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE SERVICES THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE AND YET THESE SERVICES AND THE MATERIALS OF WHICH THE PRICES TO AFFORD TO DO THESE PROJECTS ARE INCREASING DUE TO THE INFLATION. IS THAT CORRECT?

>> YES. CORRECT.

>> IT IS A ROUGH BALANCE TO FIGURE OUT IF WE HELP EVERY HOME AT APPROXIMATELY $14-$35 SAVINGS DEPENDING ON THE VALUE OF THEIR HOME SAVINGS FOR THE YEAR.

OR WHETHER OR NOT THE CITY HAS TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO CUT $0.5 MILLION IN PROGRAMMING OR SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS AND THE BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE CITY. IS THAT CORRECT?

>> THAT WOULD BE CORRECT.

>> OKAY.

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OBVIOUSLY, YOU HAVE PRESENTED TO US A BUDGET BASED ON THE STRATEGIC PLAN OF THIS COMMISSION.

THE DESIRES OF THIS COMMISSION TO HELP THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT IT AESTHETICALLY PLEASING, SAFE, AND PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEIR WATER IS CLEAN.

IT'S COMING THROUGH PIPES THAT ARE GOING TO WORK, AND WE'RE NOT LIKE ANOTHER CITY.

THAT IS, WE BORDER TO THE EAST THAT HAS ISSUES, AND WHERE PEOPLE ARE KNOWING THAT THEY CAN ENJOY THE PARKS, THAT THEY'RE CLEAN, THEY'RE BEING MAINTAINED.

WE'VE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF CONCERN FOR PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEY'RE NOT AS MAINTAINED AS THEY USED TO BE IN THE PAST, BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE BUDGET CUTS AND INCOME THAT'S NOT COMING IN.

I FEAR THAT IF WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO REDUCE THINGS THAT, THAT WILL ONLY GET WORSE AND PEOPLE WILL BE UNHAPPY WITH THE CITY IN WHICH THEY LIVE. COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE RECORD, WE HAVE A LOT OF PROJECTS IN DISTRICT 1, AND I THINK NOT APPROVE THE 7.2 WOULD JUST BE DISASTROUS FOR THE RESIDENTS IN DISTRICT 1 CONSIDERING THAT THERE'S A LOT OF MASSIVE PROJECTS GOING ON, ON THAT AREA, AND STARTING WITH A LOT OF CYPS THAT ARE BECOMING SOON WITH THE ROADS AND MANY PROJECTS THAT I'VE DISCUSSED WITH THE MANAGER AS WELL.

I THINK 7.2 WOULD BE IDEAL TO KEEP.

>> THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

>> THANK YOU. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HEAR ABOUT CONSTANTLY FROM RESIDENCE IS, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO REPAVE THE ROADS? I KNOW WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

IN MY MIND, THAT'S A NECESSITY.

THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE PUT OFF FOR YEARS.

SOME OF THE ROADS HAVE POTHOLES.

WE'VE LOST ALL OF OUR YELLOW LINES PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE, AND WELL, THAT MAY NOT BE A BIG DEAL TO SOME WHEN YOU GET INTO SENIOR COMMUNITIES, IT TRULY IS AN ISSUE.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT NOW.

DOES OUR CITY WANT TO GROW AND PROSPER? OR DO WE WANT TOP BE STAGNANT? I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO THINK ABOUT THIS WISELY. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. VICE MAYOR, ARE YOU TRYING TO SPEAK AGAIN OR IS YOUR LIGHT JUST CONTINUING?

>> I'LL SPEAK AGAIN.

>> YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> CITY MANAGER, WE WERE REIMBURSED AT $250,000. IS THAT CORRECT?

>> IF YOU MEAN BECAUSE WE RECEIVED THE RPA MONEY?

>> CORRECT.

>> I GUESS IT'S MORE OF AN ACCOUNTING QUESTION.

THE 250,000 CAME OUT OF GENERAL FUND.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS LAST YEAR OR THE YEAR BEFORE.

BUT YEAH, WE SPENT GENERAL FUND OF $250,000 TO HELP RESIDENTS.

PERIOD. WE GOT RPA MONEY, SO I GUESS IT BALANCES OUT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT COUNTY-WISE, BUT YES.

>> BUT THE MAJORITY OF MONEY THAT WE USE TO HELP RESIDENTS OUT CAME FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IS THAT CORRECT?

>> YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

>> I HAVE THAT ANSWER NOW. SO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING TO THIS COMMISSION IS YOU BUILT A BUDGET WITHOUT THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE TO SAY, HEY, WE NEED THIS INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES BECAUSE WE'RE SHORT ON FUNDS, EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU'RE GETTING THIS FIVE MILLION DOLLARS? WHY ARE YOU BUILDING A BUDGET WITHOUT THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE KNOW WE ALREADY HAVE?

>> THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE RECEIVE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHAT THAT DOES IS THAT IT ALLOWS YOU TO ADD MORE TO FUND BALANCE AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

>> WHAT IS FUND BALANCE FOR?

>> CITY FINANCIAL POLICIES RESTRICTS USING FUND BALANCE FOR OPERATIONS.

SO ESSENTIALLY, ONCE THAT'S ADDED TO FUND BALANCE, THAT CAN ONLY BE USED FOR CAPITAL NEEDS, NON-ONGOING.

YOU CANNOT USE FUND BALANCE FOR ONGOING PURPOSES.

SO BASICALLY WHAT IT DOES IS IT HELPS THE CITY AND THAT IT MAKES MONEY AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

>> THERE ARE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMISSION THAT BELIEVE THEIR JOB IS TO REPRESENT THE CITY TO THE RESIDENTS INTO THE BORDERS.

BUT REALLY, IT'S OUR JOB TO REPRESENT THE NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS TO THE COMMISSION AND TO THE CITY.

A LARGE PORTION OF OUR RESIDENTS ARE SENIORS, FIXED INCOME, OR IMMEDIATE, MODERATE, OR LOW INCOME, AND YOU TALK ABOUT THESE SMALL DOLLAR CHANGES IN THE PROPERTY TAX BILL $14 HERE, $40 THERE.

PEOPLE PAYING 14, $40 MORE TO REFILL THEIR GAS TANK EVERY WEEK OR EVERY TWO WEEKS.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO MOVE BECAUSE THEY'RE GETTING AN INCREASE IN THE HOA FEES,

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HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE FEES, OTHER FEES, ESPECIALLY RENT.

I KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO MOVE JUST BECAUSE OF A $20 RENT INCREASE, SO WE REALLY NEED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE RESIDENTS WHO ARE HERE.

WE DON'T WANT OUR RESIDENTS TO BE OUT IN THE STREET.

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR HOMELESSNESS.

IF WE CHARGE PEOPLE HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES FOR FUNDS THAT WE DON'T NEED, THEN WE'RE DOING A DISSERVICE TO THE RESIDENTS.

SO I'M PROPOSING THAT WE DROP THE MILLAGE RATE NOT JUST TO 7.1 MIL, BUT 7.0 MIL, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE WE'RE DOING A GREAT JOB OF CHANGING THAT BALANCE, WHICH YOU TALKED ABOUT OF INCREASINGLY THEM ARE BUSINESSES WE HAVE AND LOWERING THE NUMBER OF RESONANCE WE HAVE TO BALANCE OUT OUR TAX RATE. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT SOUND REALLY GOOD.

THEY SOUND REALLY GOOD.

THEY'RE GREAT, LITTLE SOUND BITES.

BUT THE REALITY AND PRACTICES, THEY DON'T WORK OUT WELL, AND THE FACT THAT MATTER IS AS MUCH AS THE CITY IS DOING A REALLY GOOD JOB ON TRYING TO BRING IN BUSINESSES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, IT TAKES YEARS FOR THEM TO GET ONLINE.

THE REALITY IS YOU NOW EVEN DROP IT.

IF IT'S 0.1 MIL IS $500,000.

JUST ROUNDING IT OFF FOR SIMPLE STUFF, 0.5 MILLION.

IF WE DROP IT DOWN TWO MILS, THAT'S A MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF THE BUDGET TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS FOR THIS CITY THAT RESIDENTS ARE REQUESTING RESIDENTS NEED.

IT IS OUR JOB TO LISTEN TO THE RESIDENTS.

WE DIDN'T CAUSE INFLATION.

THE CITY OF TAMARAC DIDN'T CAUSE INFLATION.

THE STAFF DIDN'T. THIS COMMISSION DIDN'T.

WE'RE ALL TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE SAME ECONOMIC ISSUES THAT ARE GOING AROUND IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WE'RE ABLE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THE BEST QUALITY OF LIFE THAT WE CAN TO TRY TO HELP OUR RESIDENTS WITH THINGS THAT ARE IN OUR CITY'S PURVIEW.

DROPPING THE MILLAGE RATE 0.2 MILS FOR A SOUNDBITE IN AN ELECTION YEAR, JUST SOUNDS REALLY GOOD, BUT I THINK IT'LL DO A DISSERVICE TO OUR CITY.

>> IT SOUNDS LIKE.

>> VICE MAYOR, SOME DECORUM.

OUR STAFF IS ALWAYS LOOKING AT THINGS TO SEE WHAT IS THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR CITY TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

WE'RE RUNNING AT 2.8 PERSONNEL FOR AS MANY PEOPLE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE IN THE CITY, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE FOUR EMPLOYEES PER THE CAPITAL OF THE EMPLOYEES WE HAVE HERE IN THE CITY AND WE DON'T.

PEOPLE WANT WHEN THEY CALL INTO CITY HALL, THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET A PERSON.

WHEN THEY HAVE A PIPE LEAK OR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE STREET, THEY WANT TO KNOW ONE OF OUR PUBLIC SERVICES PERSONNEL IS GOING TO BE THERE.

WHEN THEY COME TO OUR PARK AND REC EVENTS, THEY EXPECT TO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM.

WE DROPPED DOWN THIS PERCENTAGE RATE.

WE'RE GOING TO BE WANTING TO HAVE A LOT OF USERS FEES AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE ENTERTAINMENT AND THE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES THAT PEOPLE ENJOY IN THE CITY NOR THE SERVICES AND THE ROADWAYS THAT WE HAVE IN GOOD CONDITION.

THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME, ANYBODY ELSE WISHES TO MAKE ANY COMMENTS? CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. MAYOR GOMEZ?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON?

>> NO.

>> VICE MAYOR GELIN?

>> NO.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> YES.

>> MOTION PASS THREE TO TWO. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. MOVING ALONG TO TEMPORARY ORDINANCE 2509.

[4.f TO2509 - An Ordinance of the City Commission of the City of Tamarac, Florida, adopting the Operating Budget, Revenues and Expenditures, the Capital Budget, and the Financial Policies for the Fiscal Year 2023; providing for conflicts; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.]

THIS IS THE FIRST PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING TO ESTABLISH FISCAL YEAR 2023 OPERATING BUDGET, CAPITAL BUDGET, AND FINANCIAL POLICIES.

A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2509 WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 AT 5:05 PM HERE IN THE CITY HALL IN TAMARAC.

MADAM CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. THE TENTATIVE OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 IS 243,987,846, WHICH IS $20,683,819 MORE THAN THE AMENDED BUDGET OF 223,304,027 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022.

THE TENTATIVE GENERAL FUND BUDGET, WHICH IS THE PRIMARY FUND FOR PROVIDING GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES, SUCH AS OUR CONTRACT WITH BSO, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, PUBLIC SERVICES AND PARKS AND RECREATION IS $77,686,494, WHICH IS 6,297,693 MORE THAN THE AMENDED BUDGET OF 71,388,801 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022.

IN ADDITION, THE FINANCIAL POLICIES ARE INCLUDED AS PART OF THE ADAPTION OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET.

THESE FINANCIAL POLICIES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR LONG-TERM FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR THE CITY.

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THESE POLICIES SET PARAMETERS FOR OPERATING MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING ESTABLISHING RESERVES FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES, ESTABLISHING ACCOUNTS MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL PLANNING POLICIES, AND ESTABLISHING POLICIES ON ECONOMIC RESOURCES. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU. MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE TO TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2509.

>> YES, MA'AM. MAYOR, MEMBERS COMMISSIONED THIS IS AN ORDINANCE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET, REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES, THE CAPITAL BUDGET, AND THE FINANCIAL POLICIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2023, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEPARABILITY, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WILL NOW HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM MY FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

>> THIS IS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING AND THE ORDINANCE, TEMPORARY ORDINANCE 2509, IT WAS ADAPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2023 OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET.

THERE'S AN INCREASE OF $315,833 IN THE TOTAL TENTATIVE BUDGET FROM THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

THIS TABLE SHOWS THE INDIVIDUAL INCREASES AND DECREASES TO THE MAJOR CATEGORIES OF FUNDS.

THE GENERAL FUND IS DECREASING BY $468,227.

THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS ARE INCREASING BY $50,775.

CAPITAL PROJECT FUNDS ARE DECREASING BY $328,886.

THE ENTERPRISE FUNDS WOULD BE INCREASING $1,062,171 FROM THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAME TO EACH ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUAL INCREASES AND DECREASES.

FIRST OF ALL, THE GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES, THE OVERALL NET DECREASE IS $468,227.

THAT'S MADE UP OF A NET DECREASE TO CITY COMMISSION GRANTS AND AID OF $1,513.

WHAT THAT IS, IS AFTER THE COMMISSION BUDGET WORKSHOP, WE RECEIVED THE ACTUAL REQUESTS FROM THE IDRC AND FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND THAT RESULTS IN ACCOMMODATING BOTH THOSE REQUESTS TO THE DOLLARS THAT THEY'RE RECOMMENDING.

IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE WEBMASTER POSITION WAS A BETTER FIT INTO THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT THAN THE CITY MANAGER PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE.

THERE'S A MOVEMENT OF $112,525 FOR SALARY AND BENEFITS OF THE WEBMASTER FROM PUBLIC INFORMATION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

THEN THERE'S AN OVERALL NET DECREASE IN NON-DEPARTMENTAL OF $466,714.

WE'RE ELIMINATING THE TRANSFER FUND 310 FOR A PARKS EMERGENCY PHONE PROJECT.

THE CIP COMMITTEE IS GOING TO REVISIT THAT PROJECT IN NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET CYCLE.

BUT FOR NOW, WE'RE RECOMMENDING TAKING IT OUT.

IF YOU TAKE THE PROJECT OUT OF THE CAPITAL FUND, YOU WILL ELIMINATE THE TRANSFER.

THERE'S NO NEED FOR THE TRANSFER TO THE CAPITAL FUNDS.

THAT SAVES THE GENERAL FUND, THE MONEY.

THAT'S 328,000 IN CHANGE.

THAT'S THE ACTUAL DOLLAR AMOUNT YOU SAW THE CAPITAL FUNDS BY DECREASING, 328,886, I BELIEVE IT WAS.

THEN WE'RE ALSO ELIMINATING THE TRANSFER TO COLONY WEST.

THE CITY HELD BACK THE GENERAL FUND SUBSIDY TO COLONY WEST THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE GOLF COURSE AND THE OPERATIONS AND THE MONEY IN THEIR PROFITABILITY.

THEY SUBMITTED A BUDGET AGAIN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 THAT INDICATED THAT THEY COULD FULLY SELF FUND THEIR OPERATIONS.

WE'RE STOPPING THAT GENERAL FUND SUBSIDY INTO COLONY WEST FOR A $164,000.

THE OTHER CHANGE WITHIN THE NON-DEPARTMENTAL IS JUST AN ADJUSTMENT TO THE TRANSFER TO THE STORMWATER FUND.

THAT'S TO ALIGN WITH THE ADJUSTMENT THAT'S BEING MADE TO THE STORMWATER ASSESSMENT.

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THERE'S A CO-RELATION BETWEEN WHAT THE STORMWATER ASSESSMENT IS, AND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THAT'S GOING TO GENERATE, AND TRANSFER THAT GOES FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE STORMWATER FUND.

WE ADJUSTED THAT WITHIN THE NON-DEPARTMENTAL.

ALL OF THOSE CHANGES RESULT IN A NET DECREASE OF $466,714.

THE ONLY CHANGE IN THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUND IS WE RECEIVED AN ALLOCATION ESTIMATE FROM HUD FOR CDBG.

HAPPILY THAT WAS 50,775 MORE THAN WHAT THE EARLIER ALLOCATION ESTIMATE WAS, THAT WE'RE CHANGING THAT.

HERE'S THE ELIMINATION OF THEIR PARKS EMERGENCY PHONE PROJECT, THAT'S 328,886.

THAT COMES OUT OF BOTH THE GENERAL FUND AND THE CAPITAL FUND.

REMEMBER WHEN THERE'S A CAPITAL PROJECT AND YOU DO A TRANSFER, YOU HAVE TO BUDGET TO TRANSFER IN THE FUND THAT'S PROVIDING THE MONEY.

YOU HAVE TO BUDGET THE REVENUE COMING IN AND THE EXPENDITURES IN THE FUND WHERE IT'S BEING PAID OUT FROM.

ESSENTIALLY A DOUBLE BUDGET, IF YOU WILL.

I TALK ABOUT THAT ALL THE TIME.

THE LAST CHANGE WE HAVE IS A CHANGE TO THE COLONY WEST GOLF COURSE FUND.

NOW WHAT WE HAD IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET WAS REALLY ONLY A PLACEHOLDER AND IT WASN'T EVEN CLOSE.

ACTUALLY THE BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR IN COLONY WEST IS MORE LIKE 3.3 MILLION IN THE BUDGET THEY SUBMITTED FOR NEXT YEAR.

WE GOT THEIR BUDGET AFTER THE WORKSHOP, SO WE WEREN'T ABLE TO GIVE YOU AN ACCURATE NUMBER IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR COLONY WEST.

IN EVERY YEAR, IT'S BEEN A CHANGE THAT WE MAKE FROM THE PROPOSED TO THIS TENTATIVE BUDGET.

THIS YEAR WE'RE INCREASING TO ALIGN WITH THEIR BUDGET THAT THEY SUBMITTED.

THE COLONY WEST GOLF COURSE FUND INCREASES BY 1,062,171.

BUT REMEMBER, WE'RE STOPPING THE GENERAL FUND SUBSIDY, SO THAT'S BEING FUNDED FROM ALL COLONY WEST REVENUES.

LASTLY, THERE'S CHANGES TO THE FINANCIAL POLICIES AT THE SAME TIME, THE FISCAL YEAR BUDGET IS ADOPTED.

ANY CHANGES THAT ARE NEEDED TO THE FINANCIAL POLICIES ARE ALSO ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME.

WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS THERE'S A TABLE THAT SHOWS THE RESERVES AND THE YEARS FOR THOSE RESERVES, WE JUST HAVE TO UPDATE THE YEARS FOR THOSE RESERVES TO REFLECT THE CURRENT BUDGET YEAR AND THE TWO FORECASTS YEARS, FISCAL YEAR 2023, 2024, AND 2025.

WE HAVE TO MAKE A MORE SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO THE RESERVES THAT ARE REFLECTED FOR THE DEDICATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

WHEN THAT WAS SET UP, IT WAS SET UP AS A DEDICATED RESERVE FOR FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

SINCE IT'S BEEN SET UP, APPROXIMATELY 2.2 MILLION HAS BEEN EXPANDED FOR LAND ACQUISITIONS.

THAT LEAVES 2.8 MILLION.

WHAT WILL HAVE HAPPEN HERE IS THE FISCAL YEAR 2023 WE'LL START OUT WITH 2.8 MILLION IN RESERVES FOR THE DEDICATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

WE'RE PLANNING ON BUDGETING.

THE PLAN IS TO BUDGET 1.5 MILLION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

IN 2024, AFTER BUDGETING 1.5 MILLION THIS YEAR, THAT'LL START OUT AT 2024 WITH 1.3 MILLION.

WE WOULD BUDGET THE ENTIRE 1.3 MILLION IN 2024 FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

JUST AS A REMINDER, THESE ARE THE TWO PROGRAMS THAT RELY ON THE DEDICATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESERVE FOR FUNDING.

YOU'VE GOT THE COMMERCIAL PLAZA FACADE EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENT GRANT AND THE REDA, OR THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATOR GRANT.

ONE HAS A MAXIMUM OF 250,000.

THE OTHER HAS A MAXIMUM 500,000.

THOSE ARE THE TWO PROGRAMS THAT WOULD USE THOSE BUDGETS FOR 1.5 MILLION AND 1.3 MILLION.

THE CONCLUSION IN THE PUBLIC HEARING TODAY FOR THIS TEMPORARY ORDINANCE, THE CITY MUST ADOPT A TENTATIVE BUDGET.

THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE FINAL BUDGET IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 AT 5:05 PM.

NOW, THE TENTATIVE BUDGET THAT YOU'RE CONSIDERING RIGHT NOW, IT SAYS POINT IN WHAT I'VE SHOWED YOU A PRESENTATION ON, INCORPORATES A 7.200 MILL.

IN ORDER TO ADOPT A 7.200 MILL AT THE FINAL HEARING, IT REQUIRES A SUPER MAJORITY,

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2/3 VOTE, WHICH MEANS WE NEED FOUR.

THE BUDGET IS READ TO YOU.

THE NUMBERS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING AND CONSIDERING RIGHT NOW, MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE WHEN WE GET TO THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING. THEY'D HAVE TO CHANGE.

WITH THAT, PAT AND I ARE HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

HOW MUCH WOULD THE CITY SAVE IF WE REMOVE THE CAR ALLOWANCE A YEAR?

>> IT'S $700 PER MONTH PER COMMISSIONER.

>> WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE FOR FOUR YEARS?

>> IT'S 8400 TIMES FIVE.

IT'S 48,000 FOR ONE YEAR, AND 160,000 AND 192,000 FOR FOUR YEARS.

>> YOU THINK WE CAN HIRE ONE OR TWO PART-TIMERS TO CLEAN THE STREETS WITH $42,000 A YEAR, POSSIBLY? THAT'S ONE THING THAT MANY RESIDENTS COMPLAIN ABOUT IS CLEAN THE STREETS AND IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE WITH BEING A PROBLEM.

WE ALL KNOW THAT BECAUSE IT'S JUST HUMAN NATURE TO THROW THINGS OUT ESPECIALLY WHEN MEMBERS OF THIS COMMISSION DO THE SAME THING.

IT'S EMBARRASSING. I JUST WANTED THAT FOR THE RECORD AND ALSO FOR THE PDA.

DO YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE THAT NUMBER FOR THE COMMISSION?

>> I HAVEN'T.

>> I BELIEVE IT'S LIKE $35 FOR NON-ESSENTIAL USE OF AN ITEM.

>> YES.

>> RIGHT?

>> IT'S $35, AND THEN I THINK 50.

>> I THINK THE CELL PHONE IS 50 AND THE PDA IS 35.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> PER MONTH PER COMMISSION.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM WITH I WOULD THINK A REDUCTION IN THE TRAVEL.

I'VE SHOWED THAT I'VE KNOWN NOT TO TRAVEL, EXCUSE ME.

THE $700 AND IT'S $42,000 FOR THE YEAR FOR THE TOTAL COMMISSION FOR THE FIVE.

A BIGGER ITEM, IN MY OPINION AND I'VE SHARED THIS BEFORE, IS A $25,000 INITIATIVE FUNDS.

THAT'S A $125,000. WE DON'T NEED IT.

THE CITY COMMISSION, THE CITY ITSELF PUTS ON WHAT CITY MANAGERS AT APPROXIMATELY 33 EVENTS EVERY YEAR APPROXIMATELY?

>> I BELIEVE SO, YES MAYOR.

>> WE PLAN ON SO MANY EVENTS PER YEAR.

WHY DOES THIS COMMISSION NEED TO BE PUTTING ON EVENTS? WE SHOULD BE REDUCING THE INITIATIVE FUNDS.

I THINK ALSO THE LIAISONS, SORRY, LIAISONS WHO ARE LISTENING OR IN THE AUDIENCE.

THEY GET ADDITIONAL STIPENDS FOR GOING OUT THERE AND FOR DRIVING AND THE PDA OR WHATEVER IT IS.

YOU SPEND UNDER PDA THAT'S HOW LONG AND ALL THE TERMINOLOGIES ARE.

[BACKGROUND] WE SHOULD BE REDUCING THAT OR ELIMINATING THAT.

ESPECIALLY IF THERE'S THIS BELIEF THAT THERE WILL BE A TIGHTENING OF THIS COMMISSIONS BUDGET OF A REDUCTION.

IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET FOUR PEOPLE TO APPROVE, IT WILL WIND UP SUFFOCATING THE CITY THEN WE SHOULD BE REDUCING OUR COMMISSION BALANCES AND NOT HAVING OUR CITY SUFFER BY THE REDUCTIONS.

NOT THAT I WOULD WANT TO ELIMINATE ANY OF OUR PARK AND ITEMS, BUT THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT, THEY'RE ENJOYABLE, THEY'RE GREAT, THEY'RE FUN, AND PEOPLE NEED THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

BUT THOSE ARE GOING TO BE WHERE THE BIGGEST EXPENSES COME.

CITY MANAGER, APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH DO WE SPEND ON CITY EVENTS?

>> IN THIS BUDGET, WE HAVE 518,900 BUDGETED FOR EVENTS.

>> AS MUCH AS I LOVE EVENTS AND YOU KNOW I DO BECAUSE I'M OUT THERE AT ALL OF THEM.

IF THIS COMMISSION IS GOING TO PLAY POLITICS, THEN I'M SORRY, OUR SERVICES TO OUR RESIDENTS CANNOT BE CAUGHT IN OUR TRUE SERVICES TO OUR RESIDENTS ARE OUR EMPLOYEES.

HAVING FIRE TRUCKS THAT RUN, HAVING OUR FLEET THAT HAS GAS IN THEIR CAR, HAVING ROADWAYS THAT DON'T HAVE POTHOLES, HAVING STREETS THAT ARE CLEANED BECAUSE OUR RESIDENTS ARE MAKING SURE THAT WE KNOW IF WE HAVEN'T DONE A BUFFING OUT OR WHAT DO YOU CALL IT? THE WATER PRESSURE CLEANING.

BECAUSE AS COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS SAYS, PEOPLE DECIDE TO USE OUR CITY AS A TRASH CAN AND THINK THAT IT'S OKAY TO THROW THE GARBAGE OUT ON THE STREET.

SOMEONE HAS TO CLEAN IT UP.

WE HAVE TO PAY FOR IT.

MEANING WE ALL OF US BECAUSE WE LIVE HERE AND THAT COMES THROUGH OUR TAXES, AND THAT COMES FROM WHAT OUR BUDGET IS.

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I THROW THIS OUT AS THINGS THAT WE MAY NEED TO BE CONSIDERING TO BE CUTTING BECAUSE I CAN'T SEE CUTTING ANYMORE OF OUR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THAT ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE EXPENSIVE WHEN CONCRETE IS GOING UP AND WE WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPECTING THEIR WALLS.

THEY'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THEM FOR 78 YEARS NOW.

THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GO UP, BUT THEY'RE CAUSING ALMOST $600 A LINEAR SQUARE FOOT BECAUSE OF COSTS OF CEMENT HAS GONE UP.

WE NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS.

IT'S GREAT TO CUT CERTAIN THINGS, BUT IT'S GOING TO COST MORE IN THE FUTURE.

THOSE ARE MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INITIAL CUTS IF THAT'S GOING TO BE THE CASE.

IT'S DEFINITELY THE $25,000 FROM OUR INITIATIVE FUNDS REDUCING OUR CAR ALLOWANCE AND ANYTHING THAT OUR LIAISONS GET OVER AND ABOVE WHAT THEY ACTUALLY REALLY NEED TO DO FOR THEIR POSSESSIONS AS WELL. THANK YOU.

>> I NEED TO CLARIFY THE NUMBER I GAVE FOR THE CAR ALLOWANCE TOTAL.

>> IT'S 42?

>> I SAID 48,000 AND IT'S 42,000 PER MONTH AND FOR FOUR YEARS. [OVERLAPPING]

>> NO, 42,000 PER YEAR.

>> FOR 42,000 PER YEAR, FOR FOUR YEARS THAT'S $168,000 NOT 192.

>> THANK YOU. YES. THAT IS CLEAR.

IT IS 700 A MONTH.

IT'S 42,000 A YEAR AND THAT'S A TOTAL FOR THE WHOLE FIVE OF US IN THE COMMISSION NOT EACH OF US.

THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER BOLTON.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. I'M IN AGREEMENT WITH THE COMMENTARY.

I THINK THAT WE CAN REMOVE ALL OF THE EVENT BUDGETS THAT WE HAVE.

THAT WOULD BE MY RECOMMENDATION.

REMOVING THE CAR ALLOWANCE TOTALLY JUST NOT REDUCING IT BUT REMOVING IT TOTALLY.

REMOVING THE PDA ALLOWANCE.

REMOVING IT TOTALLY NOT CUTTING IT.

REMOVING THE LIAISON POSITIONS, SO NOT CUTTING BUT REMOVING TOTALLY.

REMOVING THE INITIATIVE BUDGET COMPLETELY, SO NOT REDUCING AND ALSO CUTTING OUR SALARIES BY 50 PERCENT.

THAT WOULD BE MY RECOMMENDATION. THANK YOU.

>> VICE MAYOR.

>> FOR THE CITY MANAGER, HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS GET A CAR ALLOWANCE?

>> I DON'T HAVE THAT IMAGE INFORMATION AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW.

>> HR DIRECTOR, HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS GET A CAR ALLOWANCE?

>> MR. CALHOUN [OVERLAPPING], IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION?

>> IF YOU ALLOW US TO GET THE INFORMATION.

LERENZO, DO YOU HAVE THAT ON HAND? NO. WE DON'T HAVE THE INFORMATION RIGHT NOW, BUT WE CAN GET IT TO YOU AS SOON AS THE MEETING IS OVER OR LATER ON THIS.

>> ISN'T IT TRUE THAT ALL THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR'S GOT A CAR ALLOWANCE? IF YOU'RE AT A DIRECTOR LEVEL, YOU GET A CAR ALLOWANCE?

>> YES, DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS GET A CAR ALLOWANCE.

>> HOW MANY DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS DO YOU HAVE?

>> LET ME COUNT.

EIGHTEEN.

IF YOU'LL GIVE US A MOMENT TO GET THAT INFORMATION, WE'LL PROVIDE IT TO YOU SHORTLY.

>> I'M GOING TO SAY APPROXIMATELY 10 DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS, RIGHT?

>> THAT'S FAIR. YES.

>> SEVEN HUNDRED TIMES 12 IS 8,400, TIMES 10 IS 84,000.

COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS IS ASKING ABOUT FOUR YEARS, TIMES FOUR YEARS THAT'S 236,000 FOR EITHER THE HR DIRECTOR OR THE CITY MANAGER.

ISN'T A CAR ALLOWANCE PART OF A TOTAL COMPENSATION PACKAGE TO MAKE A POSITION ATTRACTIVE TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN EMPLOYEES?

>> IT IS.

>> OKAY. IF YOU REMOVE THE CAR ALLOWANCE FOR DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS.

FIRST, AND YOU WORKED AT MIAMI AND THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE.

DID DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS GET CAR ALLOWANCES THERE AS FAR AS YOU WERE AWARE?

>> YES.

>> OKAY. WAS IT COMMON PRACTICE FOR CITIES TO PROVIDE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS WITH A CAR ALLOWANCE?

>> IT IS, AS FAR AS I KNOW.

>> OKAY. IS THE COMMISSION IN FAVOR OF REMOVING IT FROM STAFF MEMBERS AS WELL OR JUST THE COMMISSION? BECAUSE THE BIG SAVINGS IS WITH THIS STAFF.

>> YOU CAN MAKE YOUR COMMENTS OF WHAT YOU WISH, BUT WE'RE NOT PULLING AT THIS TIME.

>> I CAN ASK MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES A QUESTION, AND THEY CAN CHOOSE TO ANSWER THEM OR NOT. DO YOU WANT TO REMOVE IT?

>> WE'RE NOT PULLING THE COMMISSION BECAUSE [OVERLAPPING] NO.

>> BEING POLITICAL IS SAYING, LET'S TAKE IT AWAY FROM THE COMMISSION IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LOOK AT SAVINGS.

FIRST OF ALL, WE DON'T EVEN NEED TO LOOK AT SAVINGS BECAUSE THEY'RE PROPOSING A BUDGET EXCLUDING $5 MILLION THAT WE KNOW WE HAVE.

THAT'S A LITTLE DISHONEST IN MY OPINION TO NOT PROPOSE A FULL AND ACCURATE BUDGET.

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BUT IF YOU HAVE PROPOSED CHANGE [NOISE] THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE, YOU KNOW THE PROCESS, SEND AN EMAIL TO THE CITY CLERK WITH WHAT YOU DESIRE AND PUT IT ON THE AGENDA.

PUT IT ON THE AGENDA AND MAKE IT HAPPEN, AND CALL THE VOTE. THANK YOU.

>> JUST TO CLARIFY, THE CAR ALLOWANCE AMOUNT FOR DIRECTORS, IT'S NOT 700 IT'S 600.

>> THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> I JUST WANT TO MAKE A COMMENTARY ON WHAT WAS SAID ON HERE ABOUT CUTTING OUR SALARIES IN HALF AND ETC.

I DO NOT AGREE WITH THAT.

[BACKGROUND] THIS IS MY FULL TIME UNLIKE A COUPLE OF US IN HERE THAT DO NOT MAKE A FULL TIME.

IT'S EMBARRASSING BECAUSE OUR RESIDENTS DEMAND MORE TIME FROM US BUT YET WE'RE NOT WILLING TO GIVE THAT TIME BECAUSE WE'RE TOO BUSY DOING OTHER THINGS THAT ARE NOT A PRIORITY.

WE TAKE THIS ROLE BECAUSE IT IS A PRIORITY.

WE TAKE THIS ROLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IF WE'RE NOT WILLING TO DO THAT, THEN THIS IS NOT THE POSITION FOR YOU.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE CAR ALLOWANCE, I AM IN FAVOR OF A MILEAGE.

THAT WILL ACTUALLY DEMONSTRATE TO THE CITY AND TO OUR RESIDENCE WHAT WE ACTUALLY DO IN OUR CITY.

I HAVE AN APP THAT I'VE BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF.

IT'S A FABULOUS APP.

I START IT, I DO MY ROUNDS ON MY DISTRICT, I DO MY ROUNDS IN DISTRICT 1, 2, 3, 4.

I KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY MILES EACH DISTRICT HAS AND HOW LONG IT TAKES TO STOP AND LOOK AT A PROBLEM.

PULL UP MY APP, TAKE A PICTURE OF AN ISSUE, SEND IT TO A CRT SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE THROUGH OUR TAMARAC APP AND IT GETS RESOLVED.

IF WE'RE NOT DOING THAT, IF WE'RE NOT BEING ACTIVE, YOU DON'T DESERVE TO GET THAT ALLOWANCE.

YOU DON'T DESERVE TO GET THE IRS MILEAGE RATE OF 0.625, WHATEVER THE NEW RATE IS.

FOR MEMBERS OF THIS COMMISSION TO SAY TO CUT THE SALARY IN HALF IS JUST RIDICULOUS, IT MAKES NO SENSE.

TO REMOVE EVERYTHING FROM OUR LIAISONS, THAT ONLY TELLS ME THAT YOUR LIAISON IS NOT DOING WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.

BECAUSE MY LIAISON IS BUSY.

MY LIAISON IS THEY'RE INSTALLING TVS.

THERE WAS A RESIDENT THAT HAD A WATER ISSUE THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO HIRE SOMEBODY TO DO IT.

>> THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

AT THIS TIME, WE ARE NOW GOING TO OPEN UP PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2509.

PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW OPEN.

IS THERE ANYBODY WHO WISHES TO MAKE A COMMENT ON THIS ITEM? I KNOW THAT DARCY SCHILLER HAD SIGNED UP ON THE PAPER. PLEASE PROCEED.

THE SAME RULES AND REGULATIONS APPLY, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME OR AT LEAST YOUR LOCATION FOR THE RECORD WHEN YOU COME UP HERE AND YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

AS ALWAYS, WE EXERCISE ALL DECORUM.

>> DARCY SCHILLER, KINGS POINT, TAMARAC.

ALTHOUGH I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT A LOT, I AGREE THAT COMMISSION SALARY NEEDS TO BE REDUCED.

I DO NOT BELIEVE 50 PERCENT IS FAIR.

I THINK EACH COMMISSIONER SHOULD RECEIVE A SEPARATE SALARY BASED ON THEIR COMMENSURATE WITH THE AMOUNT OF WORK THEY DO.

IT'S EASY FOR COMMISSIONER BOLTON TO SUGGEST 50 PERCENT.

I NEVER SEE HIM AT CITY ACTIVITIES YET FOR COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS, I SEE HIM AT EVERY ACTIVITY.

I THINK IT SHOULD BE COMMENSURATE WITH WHAT YOU DO.

SECONDLY, AS THE MAYOR HAS STATED, I THINK WE DO WAY TOO MANY CELEBRATIONS.

WE ARGUED THIS ISSUE SEVERAL YEARS AGO OVER THE ISSUE OF A CARIBBEAN, A SPANISH, OR LATIN, OR THIS OR THAT.

YOU KNOW WHAT? THE ALL IN ONE IS MORE THAN ADEQUATE.

THE JULY 4TH IS FABULOUS.

IF YOU WANT TO STICK SOMETHING ELSE IN THERE, I THINK A HOLIDAY AROUND THE NEW YEAR, THE KWANZAA, THE JEWISH, THE CHRISTIAN, THAT WOULD BE FABULOUS.

I THINK THAT WOULD COVER IT ALL.

[NOISE] VICE MAYOR GELIN KEPT CARRYING ON ABOUT LOWERING THE MILLAGE RATE.

WHERE WAS HE WHEN THIS MILLAGE RATE WAS FIRST DISCUSSED? I HAVE CONCERNS THAT ALL THESE THINGS SOUND WONDERFUL AS WE'RE COMING INTO AN ELECTION YEAR, TWO MONTHS OR SO, YET, WHERE IS IT? I WILL SPEAK FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OUT THERE BECAUSE I'VE SEEN IT ON FACEBOOK, I'VE SEEN IT ON NEXT DOOR AND I'VE GOTTEN A ZILLION PHONE CALLS BECAUSE I COME TO EVERY SINGLE MEETING WHEN I'M PHYSICALLY ABLE AND I SPEAK OUT, AND THE PEOPLE AT HAND ARE WATCHING.

THEY HAVE THEIR EYES GLUED TO THIS MEETING TONIGHT.

THE NEXT BUDGET MEETING AND THE NEXT FEW COMMISSION MEETINGS.

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BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KNOW WHO TO REPLACE, WHO TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE.

KUDOS TO YOU, COMMISSIONER PLACKO FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN TONIGHT AND VOTING FOR THE PEOPLE.

BUT I THINK AT THIS POINT AS A COMMISSION, YOUR ROLE IS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE AT TAMARAC.

ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I'M GLAD IT'S AN ELECTION YEAR.

I'M GLAD PEOPLE ARE WATCHING AND I HOPE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU UP THERE DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOUR PERSONAL POCKET. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? MR. YALE.

>> MAYOR YODER, KINGS POINT, TAMARAC.

WE CAN CONTINUE TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD LIKE SO MANY OTHER TIMES.

BUT WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE RESIDENTS OF TAMARAC.

CONTINUING TO CUT PROJECTS LIKE ROAD REPAIR, WE'RE SAVING THEM A FEW DOLLARS ON THEIR TAXES, BUT HOW MUCH MORE DAMAGE ARE WE CAUSING TO THEIR CARS? THE SOUND BARRIERS. HOW MANY PEOPLE, I'M NOT SAYING GOING DEAF FROM IT, BUT LET'S FACE IT, IT'S A QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE.

WE CAN GO AHEAD AND NICKEL HERE, DIME HERE, AND CUT THINGS OUT, BUT YOU GOT TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE RESIDENCE AND VOTE ACCORDINGLY. THANK YOU.

>>THANK YOU. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON THIS MATTER? SEEING NONE PUBLIC COMMENTS OR THE PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED.

THIS COMMISSION HAS ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSING THIS ITEM.

IS THERE ANY LAST COMMENTS FROM THIS COMMISSION? COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS?

>> DO WE HAVE A LIST THAT WE CAN GET CONSENSUS ON OR ARE WE JUST PROPOSING WHEN IT'S TIME TO?

>> ACTUALLY NO.

BEFORE I GO BACK TO YOU SPEAKING MY APOLOGIES, I WENT OFF SCRIPT.

I NEED TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO SET THE TENTATIVE OPERATING BUDGET, CAPITAL BUDGET, AND FINANCIAL POLICIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023. IS THERE A MOTION?

>> I MAKE A MOTION TO SET THE TENTATIVE OPERATING BUDGET, CAPITAL BUDGET, AND FINANCIAL POLICIES AS PROPOSED.

>> IS THERE A SECOND? THERE'S NO SECOND FOR A BUDGET.

WE DON'T HAVE A BUDGET. COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> IT'S ALL GOOD.

>> MY APOLOGIES. I GUESS I WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK AT THE LIGHT.

WE HAVE A SECOND. NOW BACK TO YOU ON YOUR DISCUSSION OF THIS MOTION.

>> CAN I GO DOWN THE LIST TO GET CONSENSUS ON A COUPLE OF ITEMS THAT WERE MENTIONED?

>> AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE A MOTION FOR THE BUDGET AS IS.

NOW, LET'S TAKE THE MOTION FOR THE BUDGET AS IS.

>> CITY ATTORNEY.

>> CITY ATTORNEY.

>> YOU CAN DO IT HOWEVER YOU WANT.

YOU CAN GO THROUGH THEM EXACTLY AS YOU SUGGESTED, THE PARTICULAR ITEMS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSED JUST TO REDUCE THEM OR NOT OR YOU CAN THEORETICALLY APPROVE THE ITEM AS IT'S BEING PROPOSED AND THEN BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND READING DEVELOPED A LIST FOR DISCUSSION AS TO WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE CUT POTENTIALLY IN THE FINAL BUDGET.

ULTIMATELY, THE ADOPTED FINAL MILLAGE AND THE FINAL ADOPTED BUDGET MATCH UP.

AND IF NECESSARY, THERE'S THE REQUIRED SUPERMAJORITY VOTE FOR ADOPTION OF THE MILITARY.

>> WOULD IT BE APPROPRIATE TO MAKE A SUBSTITUTE MOTION, ADD AND TAKE AWAY THESE ITEMS AND THEN MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT?

>> YOUR RULES SAY THAT YOU HAVE TO DISPOSE OF WHAT'S ON THE MOTION THAT'S ON, THEN YOU CAN SUBSTITUTE IF THE VOTE IS FAST ADOPTION, [OVERLAPPING] THEN YOU CAN PROPOSE A ALTERNATE MOTION.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT WE DO NOT DELAY THIS.

I THINK THESE ARE ITEMS THAT SHOULD COME UP

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NOW AND NOT BE DISCUSSED BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING THIS.

COMMISSIONER BOLTON HAS BROUGHT THE CAR ALLOWANCE UP A COUPLE OF TIMES.

THIS COMMISSION ITSELF HAS DISCUSSED A COUPLE OF THESE ITEMS, SO DELAYING IT TO THE SECOND HEARING I DON'T THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA.

>> I'M GOING TO JUST TAKE A PROCEDURAL MOMENT ON THIS ONE.

WE DO HAVE AN ITEM.

THE MOTION IS ON THE FLOOR.

THERE HAS BEEN SEEMINGLY CONSENSUS ON TWO ITEMS. I'M GOING TO ASK.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A CITY MANAGER THROUGH THE CITY MANAGER TO BUDGET, WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY FOR US TO DO THIS FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES?

>> MAYOR, WHICH ITEMS DO YOU SAY YOU HAVE CONSENSUS ON, PLEASE?

>> FROM MY HEARING, WE HAVE CAR ALLOWANCE INITIATIVE.

THOSE WERE THE DEFINITE TO YOU THAT I HEARD.

>> WAIT MAYOR, CAN WE GET CONSENSUS AS TO THE REDUCTION? ARE WE GOING TO THE IRS MILLAGE?

>> WELL, I'M FIRST WORKING OUT PROCEDURALLY WHAT IS THE BEST MECHANISM FOR OUR CITY BECAUSE WE HAVE A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME FOR THEM TO WORK ON A BUDGET AND MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE.

>> IF YOU WOULD LET US KNOW THOSE ITEMS THAT YOU HAVE CONSENSUS ON THE STAFF WILL WORK ON A BUDGET TO BRING BACK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND VOTE FOR THE FINAL MEETING, SEPTEMBER 22ND.

>> GOING THROUGH, THOSE ARE THE TWO ITEMS I DEFINITELY HEARD CONSENSUS ON.

CAR ALLOWANCE, INITIATIVE.

I DON'T BELIEVE I HEARD A THIRD ON ANY OF THE OTHERS SO COMMISSIONER BOLTON, CAR ALLOWANCE REDUCTION REMOVAL, OR NEITHER.

>> MADAM MAYOR JUST TO BE CLEAR, I MADE A RECOMMENDATION AS A PACKAGE.

I'M NOT BIFURCATING ANYTHING.

I BELIEVE THAT THESE ARE THE CHANGES THAT WE SHOULD MAKE AS A PACKAGE.

I'M NOT REMOVING ANYTHING BIFURCATING WHATSOEVER.

AGAIN, FOR THE RECORD, WHAT I'M RECOMMENDING THAT WE REMOVE ARE ALL EVENTS EXCEPT FOR THE 4TH OF JULY AND ONETIME RACK, REMOVE CAR ALLOWANCE IN ITS TOTALITY, REMOVE THE PDA IN ITS TOTALITY, REMOVE THE LIAISONS AND ITS TOTALITY, REMOVE THE INITIATIVE BUDGET AND ITS TOTALITY AND CUTTING THE CITY COMMISSION PAY BY 50 PERCENT.

THAT IS MY RECOMMENDATION AS ONE, NOT BIFURCATING.

SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO BIFURCATE THEN YOU DO NOT HAVE MY CONSENSUS ON THAT.

>> WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR CONSENSUS ON THAT. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

>> I FIND MYSELF IN A VERY DIFFICULT POSITION HERE.

I'M MAKING A DECISION FOR THING IS I'M RETIRING BUT WHOEVER WILL BE SITTING IN THE SEAT AND I DON'T KNOW HOW COMFORTABLE I AM WITH THAT.

VERY HONESTLY. I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE A SAY IN THEIR FUTURE HERE.

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY AND THAT IS VERY MUCH UNDERSTOOD.

VICE MAYOR. [NOISE]

>> NO COMMENT. THERE'S ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION.

IF WE ARE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THESE DETAILS, THERE SHOULD BE A SEPARATE WORKSHOP ON THAT ITEM.

>> RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE CONSIDERING THIS AS A BUDGET HEARING AND A WORKSHOP ITEM IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE THIS.

SINCE THESE THINGS WERE NOT DISCUSSED IN JUNE WHEN THEY COULD HAVE BEEN, NOW IS THE TIME IN PLACE BECAUSE THE NEXT TIME WE HAVE IS THE ACTUAL BUDGET.

IF YOU WISH TO NOT ANSWER, WE'VE GOT YOUR ANSWER, THAT IS FINE.

>> WE SHOULD HAVE A WORKSHOP ITEM ON THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THAT IS UNEXPLAINED.

NO ONE HAS EXPLAINED TO THE COMMISSION WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE RECEIVE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

>> VICE MAYOR, THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN EXPLAINED AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IT APPEARS YOU DO NOT LIKE THE EXPLANATION AND THE EXPLANATION IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE.

THE MONEY IS A ONE-TIME ITEM THAT GOES TO DEAL WITH NON-REOCCURRING OPERATING EXPENSES.

>> WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS? [OVERLAPPING] BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO THIS COMMISSION MAYBE YOU GOT A SPECIAL WORD ON IT.

>> I CAN ANSWER THAT. [OVERLAPPING]

>> IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSED.

IT'S ALREADY BEEN SHARED WITH US NUMEROUS TIMES.

THAT'S NOT THE POINT FOR THIS ITEM.

WE'RE GOING ON CONSENSUS.

OBVIOUSLY, YOU'VE MADE YOUR POINT, COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS, AT THIS POINT IN TIME THERE IS AN EVIDENCE NON-CONSENSUS FOR ANY OF WHAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP.

SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO THE BUDGET THAT HAS BEEN

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CREATED AND THE MOTION IS ON THE FLOOR FOR IT TO BE APPROVED AS IS, IT WILL HAPPEN IN 10 DAYS OR APPROXIMATELY THEREOF.

CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL A ROLL.

>>THANK YOU, MAYOR. COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS?

>> NO.

>> MAYOR GOMEZ?

>> NO.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> VICE MAYOR GELIN?

>> WHAT ARE WE VOTING ON?

>> THE BUDGET AS PROPOSED.

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON.

>> NO.

>> MOTION FAILED, FOUR TO ONE.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE DO NEED TO HAVE A BUDGET.

CITY MANAGER THROUGH YOU, PLEASE EITHER DIRECT CITY STAFF TO TALK TO US.

I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE ARE PACKING UP.

WE ARE IN A BUDGET HEARING. PLEASE PROCEED.

>> I WOULD REQUEST THAT I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS POSSIBLE, JOHN, YOU RETAKE THAT VOTE BECAUSE WE CAN TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE CONVERSATION THAT'S BEEN HEARD TONIGHT AND GO BACK AND CRUNCH THE NUMBERS.

BUT IN ORDER FOR US TO PUT THE AD IN THE PAPER, WE NEED A DOLLAR AMOUNT.

THE BUDGET AS PROPOSED GETS US THERE.

BUT BETWEEN NOW AND THE 22ND, WE CAN COME BACK WITH A BUDGET THAT WOULD GET A SUPER-MAJORITY.

>> CITY ATTORNEY, DOES THIS NEED TO BE A MOTION FOR REHEARING FOR PROPER PROCEDURE, OR JUST DO I ASK FOR A RECOUNT?

>> WELL, THE VOTE'S TAKEN PLACE, SO IT WOULD BE A MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION UNDER YOUR RULES.

AS THE CITY MANAGER HAS STATED, YOU ALL HAVE TO ADOPT A BUDGET AND PART OF THE PROCESS IS ADOPTING A TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE, WHICH YOU'VE ALREADY DONE, AND ADOPTING A PROPOSED BUDGET, WHICH IS WHAT'S BEING DISCUSSED HERE OR APPROVE IT TO MOVE IT FORWARD FOR SECOND AND FINAL READING, SAME WITH WHAT I'LL CALL AND THE STATUTE CALLS YOUR TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE, WHICH AGAIN, YOU'VE ALREADY DONE.

BEFORE TONIGHT'S MEETING, UNLESS THIS MEETING IS CONTINUED TO A DATE AND TIME CERTAIN, WHICH WOULD BY NECESSITY HAVE TO OCCUR BEFORE THE NEXT SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING ON THIS ORDINANCE, YOU WILL HAVE TO ADOPT ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A PROPOSED BUDGET.

>> CONSIDERING WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR NOTICE FOR A MOTION TO HAVE THIS MEETING MOREOVER FOR ANOTHER TIME, I'M GOING TO A MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION, PLEASE FOR RECALLING.

>> MAYOR, POINT OF ORDER.

>> YES.

>> CITY ATTORNEY, CAN WE DO AN EMERGENCY MEETING FOR NEXT WEEK?

>> YES.

>> NO, SIR.

>> OKAY. THAT'S IT.

>> WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUDGET, THERE ARE SO MANY DETAILS AND INTRICACIES THAT ARE REQUIRED THAT TO GET OUTSIDE THE LINES, WHICH IS WHAT YOU'RE DISCUSSING.

BELIEVE ME, WE DON'T WANT TO GET OUT OF THE LINES HERE.

>> THEREFORE, I'M ASKING FOR A MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION FOR THIS ITEM FOR US TO REDO THE VOTE.

>> POINT OF ORDER. CITY ATTORNEY, AREN'T THERE CERTAIN RULES IN OUR ORDINANCES ABOUT RECONSIDERING VOTES?

>> YOUR CODE SAYS.

>> WITHIN SIX DAYS OF THE VOTE THAT IS TAKING THE MAJORITY, THE PERSON, AS LONG AS YOU ARE IN THE WINNING SIDE OF THAT, THEN YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE THE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION.

AS SUCH, ANYONE OF COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS, COMMISSIONER PLACKO, COMMISSIONER BOLTON, OR MYSELF AS THE MAYOR, SINCE WE WERE ON THE FOUR TO ONE AND IT DID NOT GO THROUGH, WE'RE ABLE TO DO THE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION.

THEREFORE, I CAN EVEN MAKE THE MOTION IF NEEDED.

IF THAT'LL MOVE THIS ALONG.

>> I CAN SECOND HER MOTION.

>> OKAY THEN. I'VE MADE THE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION. COMMISSIONER BOLTON HAS SECONDED IT.

>> MY QUESTION WASN'T ANSWERED, CITY ATTORNEY.

>> I THINK THAT WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT DOESN'T NECESSARILY APPLY HERE BECAUSE NOTHING WAS APPROVED.

>> OKAY.

>> IT SAYS ANY MEMBER WHO VOTED ON THE PREVAILING SIDE, BUT THERE'S NO PREVAILING SIDE.

YOU DIDN'T ADOPT ANYTHING.

>> IT FAILED.

>> THAT'S WHY A MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION OR A SUBSTITUTE MOTION WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

>> OKAY. THANK YOU.

>> TECHNICALLY, TO CONTINUE SOME OF THE LEGALITIES RIGHT NOW WILL NOT MAKE IT WORTH IT.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO RECALL OR REDO THE VOTE,

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AND WE'LL JUST DO A ROLL CALL ON THE RECONSIDERATION OF THE VOTE OF BEING ABLE TO DO IT FORWARD, AND THEN WE WILL DO THE VOTE.

CORRECT. IT'S A TWO-STEP OR CAN WE JUST GET TO THE MEAN OF THIS?

>> YOU CAN JUST VOTE ON THE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION.

>> OKAY. IT IS A MOTION ON THE RECONSIDERATION, SO IT IS A TWO-STEP.

>> THE MOTION HAS BEEN MADE AND SECONDED, YOU VOTE ON IT, THEN YOU TAKE UP THE ITEM AGAIN.

>> AFTERWARDS. CORRECT. IT IS A TWO-STEP.

WE ARE NOW VOTING ON RECONSIDERING THIS ITEM, PLEASE CITY CLERK.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. MAYOR GOMEZ?

>> YES.

>> VICE MAYOR GELIN?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON?

>> NO.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS?

>> NO. [LAUGHTER]

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> YES.

>> MOTION PASSED, THREE TO TWO.

>> ALL RIGHT. NOW THAT WE HAVE WHERE WE ARE RECONSIDERING THE MOTION THAT IS ALREADY ON THE FLOOR, CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> WHAT ARE WE CALLING THE ROLL ON?

>> WE'RE CALLING THE ROLL ON THE BUDGET.

>> OKAY. I GOT YOU

>> THERE'S ALREADY A MOTION AND A SECOND.

>> MOTION TO APPROVE.

>> WE DID NOT NEED A MOTION TO, BUT WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE IT. DO WE HAVE A SECOND?

>> SECOND.

>> THANK YOU.

>> NOW WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSION.

>> NO, WE'RE NOT HAVING A DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM.

CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A DISCUSSION.

>> I'M GLAD YOU THINK SO.

>> POINT OF ORDER. CITY ATTORNEY, WHEN THERE IS A MOTION IN SECOND, ISN'T THERE SUPPOSED TO BE A DISCUSSION?

>> WE ARE ALREADY AT ROLL CALL.

>> GENERALLY SPEAKING, THERE WOULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS.

THE POINT THAT I WANT TO EMPHASIZE HERE IS THAT WHATEVER YOU ALL DISCUSS, HOWEVER LONG WE SPEND, IT HAS TO BE A VOTE TO MOVE THIS FORWARD TO SECOND READING.

>> THAT'S WHY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION.

>> MAYOR, POINT OF ORDER.

>> THIS COMMISSION.

>> MAYOR, POINT OF ORDER.

>> BOTH GENTLEMEN, PLEASE GIVE IT A SECOND.

CITY ATTORNEY, WE'VE HAD DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM.

WE'VE ALL HAD OUR MINUTES.

WE WERE UNDOING A VOTE TO REDO A VOTE.

YOU ARE STATING NOW THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> AS YOUR PROBLEM ATTORNEY IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A DISCUSSION, IS TO HAVE IT NOW.

>> NO, THAT'S NOT THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED OF YOU, CITY ATTORNEY.

>> YES, MA'AM. WHAT IS THE QUESTION?

>> THE QUESTION ASKED OF YOU WAS THAT WE'D HAD DISCUSSION.

WE UNDID THE VOTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDOING THE VOTE, DO WE HAVE TO OPEN UP THE FLOOR FOR DISCUSSION YET AGAIN, WHICH ALSO WOULD INCLUDE DO WE HAVE TO OPEN THIS BACKUP FOR PUBLIC HEARING?

>> YES.

>> THE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION IS NOT TO UNDO THE DATA.

IT'S TO RECONSIDER THE ITEM.

IT WOULD BE, IN MY OPINION, YES, APPROPRIATE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REOPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING UNLESS YOU SO DESIRE.

IT IS WITHIN YOUR DISCRETION.

YOU'VE ALREADY OPENED AND CLOSED THE PUBLIC HEARING PORTION ON THIS ITEM.

WHETHER OR NOT THE COMMISSION, AS A WHOLE OR AS A MAJORITY WISHES TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT IS WITHIN YOUR DISCRETION.

TO THIS SPECIFIC QUESTION, I DO BELIEVE THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, YES, IT IS APPROPRIATE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION BEFORE YOU VOTE ON THE ITEM.

>> THANK YOU.

>> DESPITE THAT WE'VE ALREADY EXPANDED A LOT OF TIME.

>> YES MA'AM.

>> OKAY.

>> MAYOR, I HAVE A POINT OF ORDER.

>> NOW THEN LET'S GO BACK.

EVERYBODY, ERASE YOUR NAMES.

TAKE YOUR LIGHTS OFF, PLEASE.

CAN YOU HOLD YOURS? PATIENCE, VIRTUE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR THE BUDGET AT THIS TIME.

ANY NEW DISCUSSION BY THIS COMMISSION, PLEASE LIGHT UP YOUR.

>> MAY I HAVE A POINT OF ORDER?

>> POINT OF ORDER COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> CONSIDERING WHAT YOU SAID THAT THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSION, SHOULDN'T THAT BE THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS TO ALLOW OR NOT ALLOW VICE MAYOR TO FURTHER DISCUSS THIS TO GET CONSENSUS FROM THIS COMMISSION TO ALLOW OR DISALLOW?

>> DOES ANYBODY UNDERSTAND THAT QUESTION?

>> I'M SORRY. I'M NOT SPEAKING TO YOU.

>> MY UNDERSTANDING YOU WANT TO KNOW IF WE HAVE CONSENSUS TO ALLOW FURTHER DISCUSSION FOR THE COMMISSION TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSION.

IS THAT WHAT YOU SAID?

>> YES. BECAUSE I WOULD SAY NO.

>> OKAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AT THE RATE WE'RE GOING, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TALKING IN CIRCLES.

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WE MIGHT AS WELL JUST GET TO THE MEET SO I RESPECT WHAT YOU SAID, BUT REALISTICALLY WE KNOW THIS COMMISSION, THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

I HEARD YOU. AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES THAT'S IT.

>> CITY ATTORNEY, THIS IS A NEW MOTION, ISN'T THE TIME FIVE MINUTES?

>> THERE IS NO GUIDANCE IN YOUR RULES YOU ALL BY MOTIONS SHOULD SAY [OVERLAPPING]

>> OKAY. THAT'S FINE. I DON'T NEED FIVE MINUTES.

THIS COMMISSION WASTES A LOT OF TIME POSTURING AND ACTING LIKE YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING REGARDING THE CAR ALLOWANCE, REGARDING THE $25,000.

YOU KNOW HOW THINGS WORK.

YOU'VE BEEN HERE LONG ENOUGH.

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE, SUBMIT THE ITEM TO THE CITY CLERK AND CITY MANAGER, PUT IT ON THE AGENDA AND VOTE ON IT.

IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ADOPT A BUDGET AND YOU ALL KNOW THAT WHETHER A BUDGET IS $243 MILLION OR $300 MILLION, YEARS HAVE GONE BY, ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, WHERE WE NEVER EVEN MET THE BUDGET, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF COVID.

THE GUY JUST SAID THAT WE SPENT 83% OF OUR BUDGET.

JUST BECAUSE WE APPROVE AN AMOUNT, DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THE WHOLE AMOUNT.

IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO APPROVE A BUDGET.

IT DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THE FULL AMOUNT.

WE'RE NOT EVEN ACCOUNTING FOR THE FULL MONEY THAT WE RECEIVE, AND ESPECIALLY THE $5 MILLION.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE NUMBER NOW.

WE HAVE FROM NOW UNTIL THE NEXT COMMISSION MEETING TO FINALIZE A NUMBER BUT AT THE VERY MINIMUM, WE HAVE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET.

THAT'S JUST THE LAW, WE HAVE TO, SO TO VOTE NO ON THAT IS IRRESPONSIBLE.

LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING.

I DID THE RIGHT THING ON THE LAST CALL, I'LL DO THE RIGHT THING ON THIS CALL AND LET'S APPROVE A BUDGET.

WHATEVER ITEMS YOU WANT TO SEE CHANGE, WE CAN HAVE A WORKSHOP DISCUSSION ON IT AND THEN MOVE FORWARD.

BUT WE HAVE TO DO OUR JOB AND NOT ABDICATE OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND ADOPT THE BUDGET. THANK YOU.

>> I'M GOING TO TAKE A POINT OF ORDER.

THAT GUY, HIS NAME IS JEFF STRADER AND HE IS OUR BUDGET MANAGER.

THIS IS NOT FOR DISCUSSION.

>> IT DID NOT COME TO MY MIND AT THE TIME.

IF IT CAME TO MY MIND, I WOULDN'T HAVE SAID HIS NAME.

>> VICE MAYOR. I'M MAKING SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS. [OVERLAPPING]

>> IF YOU'RE OFFENDED, MR. STREETER, MY APOLOGIES.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE CAN JUST MAKE A DECISION RIGHT NOW ON EACH EVERY SINGLE ITEM.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THIS LATER.

THIS COMMISSION HAS IN THE PAST RENDEZVOUS AND RENDEZVOUS ON IT.

I'M SORRY, NOT RENDEZVOUS ON IT, AND NEEDS TO RENDEZVOUS ON IT, BECAUSE IT JUST KEEPS GOING IN CIRCLES.

COMMISSIONER BOLTON'S IDEA TO PACKAGE THIS, IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE'S GOING TO VOTE NO ON THAT.

I UNDERSTAND WHAT COMMISSIONER PLACKO IS SAYING THAT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF THAT COMMISSIONERS SEAT.

FOR US NOT TO EITHER MAKE DECISIONS ON THIS RIGHT NOW, IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOING TO COME FORWARD AGAIN.

BECAUSE COMMISSIONER BOLTON HAS HAD MANY YEARS TO BRING THESE ITEMS UP.

MAYOR, THE SAME, EVERYBODY HERE THE SAME.

IF IT IS NOT GET DONE NOW, IT'S NOT GOING TO GET DONE LATER.

THAT'S MY PROBLEM WITH THIS.

THAT'S WHY I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO VOTE NO ON IT POSSIBLY.

>> COMMISSIONER BOLTON.

>> MAYOR, IT IS NOT THAT WE DO NOT DESERVE A SALARY, I THINK THAT WE DO.

BUT THE FIRST ACTION THAT THIS COMMISSION TOOK IN 2018 WHEN YOU, MADAM MAYOR, BECAME MAYOR, WAS TO INCREASE OUR SALARIES.

I THINK THAT THE SALARIES SHOULD BE REDUCED.

THERE WAS A POST IN THE SUN SENTINEL ON AUGUST 25TH THIS YEAR, WHERE THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS IS RAISING THEIR SALARY FROM $11,000-30,000, 166% INCREASE AND THIS IS IN A TIME WHERE WE'RE FACED WITH FOOD, AND JOBS, AND HOUSING INSECURITY.

I'M NOT SAYING THAT WE DO NOT DESERVE A SALARY.

I AM SAYING THAT IF WE HAVE ANOTHER JOB, LIKE I DO, AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY ELSE ON THIS COMMISSION, 50 PLUS THOUSAND DOLLARS, AS OUR RESIDENTS CANNOT PAY THEIR RENT IS TOO MUCH AND I THINK THAT REDUCING IT TO $25,000 ACROSS THE BOARD FOR EVERYBODY IS MORE THAN FAIR.

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IF A COMMISSIONER WANTS TO BIFURCATE AND HAVE THE CAR LOANS REMOVED, WHAT I WILL COMPROMISE ON IS HAVING THE CAR LOANS AS AN OPTION.

THEREFORE, IT CAN BE OPT IN OR OPT OUT.

THAT WOULD GIVE A COMPROMISE TO WHAT COMMISSIONER PLACKO IS ASKING FOR, FOR A FUTURE COMMISSION TO DECIDE.

SO IF COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS WANTS TO OPT OUT, OR IF I WANT TO OPT OUT, AND I DO [OVERLAPPING].

>> MR BOLTON,THANKS SO MUCH.

>> THEN WE CAN DO THAT AS WELL. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> SO BASICALLY, I KNOW THE LITTLE BUZZ SOUND IS TRYING TO ATTRIBUTE THE INCREASE IN SALARIES TO ME IN '18.

IT WAS DONE IN JUNE 2019 BY OTHER PEOPLE ON THIS COMMISSION AT THE BUDGET MEETING, AND THE PEOPLE ON THIS COMMISSION WHO BROUGHT IT FORWARD ARE VERY MUCH AWARE OF WHO THEY ARE, GENTLEMEN.

ASIDE FROM THAT, BECAUSE IT'S REALLY NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, AND THE REALITY OF THE COMPROMISE WHILE APPRECIATED, REALLY DOESN'T DO MUCH FOR THE CITY AT $42,000, YES OR NO A DENT IN THE BUDGET OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

THE POINT THAT WE HAVE GOING ON HERE IS THAT AT THIS TIME, WE NEED TO APPROVE A BUDGET, SO A PROPER AT THE MAXIMUM.

WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TONIGHT IS A MAXIMUM BUDGET THAT WE HAVE HERE.

IT'LL BE APPROVED PREFERABLY, SO IT CAN BE NOTICED AND THEN WE CAN HAVE THE FUTURE BUDGET.

AS FOR THE FACT OF HAVING WORKSHOPS, WE'VE BEEN HAVING WORKSHOPS.

WE HAD A BUDGET MEETING.

NOT EVERYBODY STAYED IN THE BUDGET MEETING IN ORDER TO FINISH THE CONVERSATION BECAUSE WE NEEDED TO HAVE THE CONSENSUS AT THAT BUDGET MEETING IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE REMOVAL OF THE CAR ALLOWANCE, REDUCTIONS OR REMOVAL OF THE INITIATIVE FUNDS OR OTHER KINDS OF REMOVALS OR REDUCTIONS.

IF PEOPLE DON'T STAY AT THE WORKSHOPS, THAT MAKE IT POSSIBLE SO WE CAN HAVE A BUDGET THAT IS EASILY DISCUSSED AND DIGESTED AND VOTED UPON, MAYBE YOU SHOULD CHECK YOURSELVES.

AT THIS POINT IN TIME, CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. COMMISSIONER BOLTON?

>> NO.

>> MAYOR GOMEZ?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER PLACKO?

>> YES.

>> VICE MAYOR GELIN?

>> YES.

>> COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

>> NO.

>> MOTION PASSED THREE TO TWO.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THE SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON SETTING THE OPERATING MILLAGE RATE AND ADOPTING THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 AT 05:05 PM, RIGHT HERE AND CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.

I WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF FOR ALL THE EXCELLENT HARD WORK THAT YOU HAVE PUT IN THROUGH OVER THE YEAR.

I THANK THE COMMISSION FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WHO ARE IN THE AUDIENCE, I APPRECIATE THAT YOU ARE HERE TONIGHT, AND EVERYBODY WHO'S WATCHING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH AS WELL, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON THE 22ND.

ACTUALLY, WE HAVE A COMMISSION MEETING ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 07:00 PM CHAMBERS HERE.

MR. STREETER, DID YOU HAVE ONE ITEM THAT YOU'D LIKE TO DISCUSS?

>> YEAH. I JUST HAVE ONE IMPORTANT COMMENT TO MAKE.

>> SURE, PLEASE.

>> JUST SO EVERYONE IS AWARE AND JUST TO CLARIFY, BASED ON THE ACTIONS THAT THE COMMISSION TOOK TONIGHT UNDER TENTATIVE MILLAGE, AND THE TENTATIVE BUDGET, THE AD IT'S GOING TO APPEAR IN THE SUN SENTINEL, THE BUDGET SUMMARY.

IT'S GOING TO BE BASED ON A 7.20000 MILLAGE RATE.

IT'S GOING TO REFLECT THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET OF $77686494 AND IT'S GOING TO REFLECT A TOTAL CITY BUDGET OF 243,987,846.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR SO NO NOBODY IS SURPRISED WHAT THEY SEE PUBLISHED IN THE PAPER FOR THE NET BUDGET SUMMARY AND THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASES IS ALSO GOING TO BE BASED ON A 7.2000 TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE.

>> IT'S BASED ON STATUTE WHILE IT SAYS THE WORD INCREASED DUE TO THE ROLLBACK RATE, CORRECT?

>> WELL, THE PROPOSED TAX INCREASE DOESN'T TALK ABOUT THE INCREASE OVER THE ROLLBACK RATE.

IT TALKS ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NET REVENUE FOR THE PRIOR YEAR VERSUS WHAT YOU'RE PROPOSING FOR THIS YEAR.

SO THE PROPOSED TAX INCREASE LOOKS AT THE TAXABLE VALUE ADJUSTED FOR VAB CHANGES, MULTIPLIED BY YOUR MILLAGE RATE FROM LAST YEAR, AND COMPARES THAT TO WHAT THE TOTAL TAXES ARE GOING TO BE LEVIED THIS YEAR.

THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IN THE NEWSPAPER.

WHAT'S GOING TO BE LEVIED FOR THIS YEAR WILL BE BASED ON A 7.2000 MILLAGE RATE.

>> EXCELLENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IT IS 07:20, THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED. GET HOME SAFELY.

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