Missoula County Proposed Final FY19 Budget
Missoula County Commissioners offer the Proposed Final FY19 budget for public comment for the final budget hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in Courthouse Annex Room 151. Commissioners have met with the county’s independently elected officials, chief officers, department heads and the county’s budget team since March to develop the proposed final FY19 budget.
The proposed final budget differs from the preliminary budget presented in July in three ways:
1) It includes the certified taxable value numbers from the Montana Department of Revenue, so the revenue numbers are no longer projections;
2) It reflects a reduction of more than $600,840 in the personnel line of the Sheriff’s Office budget after the county employees covered by the Sheriff’s Retirement System voted to remove themselves from Social Security (the reduction reflects the match no longer required of Missoula County); and
3) It reflects one-time payment of $502,781 from the City of Missoula in tax revenue released from several urban renewal districts.
Each year, the county commissioners are presented with budget requests to fund new and expanded projects and initiatives and increases in operations, personnel and capital. Some requests require funding in just one fiscal year, referred to as “one-time” — new snow tires for county vehicles, for example. Other requests require funding every fiscal year, referred to as “ongoing” — increased food costs at the detention center, for example. One-time requests, if approved by the commissioners, are typically covered by savings in a fund from the prior year’s budget. Ongoing requests may have grant funding already secured to cover the cost, may be covered by spending less money in other lines in a fund, or may require tax increases to cover the cost. Many requests are to cover the rising cost of everything from software licensing and maintenance to cost-of-living increases for personnel and prescription drugs and health insurance, for example. Other new funding may be requested to cover cuts or mandates by state and federal government. This year those requests included costs associated with adding a district court judge, administering a program required to regulate storm water discharge, paying expert witness fees, and providing administrative support to the tax appeal board, among others.
Ongoing requests, especially those that require a tax increase, are closely scrutinized by the county commissioners. In an effort to prepare for and guide their decision-making, county commissioners invited independently elected county officials, chief officers and department heads to collaborate on the framework of a strategic plan this spring. The commissioners then weighed these funding requests in the context of that strategic framework. Namely, did the funding request align with the county’s core values of integrity, innovation, teamwork and community? Did the funding request move the county closer to its goals of healthy, safe and vibrant communities, public engagement, quality workforce, resource stewardship and economic development?
Of note in this year’s budget is the increase in the permissive medical mills levied. The county is authorized in 2-9-2012 MCA to levy taxes to fund contributions for group insurance. Historically, the 36 county has not levied the amount necessary to cover those costs. To more accurately reflect the mills levied in each fund for personnel, operations and capital, the preliminary budget reflects a 4.65 countywide mill increase to the permissive medical levy. This offsets the mills required in other county funds, and is reflected as a decrease in mills levied for those funds. Attachment C in the preliminary budget shows the mills levied in each fund and compares fiscal years ‘18 and ‘19.
This year, Missoula County’s budget team comprised County Auditor Dave Wall, Chief Administrative Officer Vickie Zeier, Chief Financial Officer Andrew Czorny, Chief Operating Officer Chris Lounsbury, Finance Director Christi Page, Risk and Benefits Director Erica Grinde, Technology Director Jason Emery, Management Analyst Amanda Henthorne and Communications and Projects Director Anne Hughes. The budget team facilitates the budget process, offers support and counsel to commissioners and departments, provides analytical support and seeks to improve availability of budget information for the public.
Anyone interested can view the commissioners’ meeting schedule, find meeting agendas and minutes on the commissioners’ agenda portal, and read the Budget in Brief publication from FY18 to learn more about the budget process. You can also view your tax bill and learn how your taxes are distributed to the various taxing jurisdictions in which you live. Once you find your property on iTax, just click on the “View Pie Charts” link.
Missoula County welcomes comments and suggestions on the proposed final FY19 budget and the budget process. Call the Commissioners’ Office at 258-4877 or email [email protected]
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 – 2 PM
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
4. PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
5. CURRENT CLAIMS LIST Claims received as of August 1, 2018 to August 15, 2018 by the Commissioners’ Office total $3,017,309.66.
a. Proposed Final Budget for FY19 Andrew Czorny, Chief Financial Officer, Finance
b. Proposed FY19 Permissive Levy Andrew Czorny, Chief Financial Officer, Finance
c. Proposed FY19 Rural Special Improvement District Budget Andrew Czorny, Chief Financial Officer, Finance
d. Correction in Tax Increment Fund Dori Brownlow, Development Manager, Commissioners’ Office
e. RJ Bars Minor Subdivision Tim Worley, Senior Planner, Community and Planning Services
7. OTHER BUSINESS
RESOLUTION NO. 2018
WHEREAS, pursuant to the requirements in the Local Government Budget Act, Title 7, Chapter 6, Part 40, MCA, the Missoula Board of County Commissioners has held public hearings on the preliminary and final budget of Missoula County for Fiscal Year 2018-2019; and WHEREAS, the final budget is balanced so that appropriations do not exceed the projected beginning balance plus the estimated revenue of each fund for the fiscal year; and WHEREAS, § 7-6-4031, MCA allows the Board of County Commissioners or its designated official to transfer appropriations between items within the same fund. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the final County Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 be as set out in Attachments A, B, and C, and the same is hereby adopted as the final budget, subject to the conditions set forth below. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the final County budget establishes legal spending limits at the level of detail in this Resolution and Attachments A, B, and C.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, authority is delegated to the Finance Officer for Missoula County to transfer appropriations between items within the same fund upon the request of the Department Head or Elected Official responsible for that fund, and without increasing the amount appropriated to that fund, except for no authority is granted for transfers regarding under object codes 100’s (personnel). BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the levies as detailed below be fixed and adopted for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, based on the mill value of $220,300 County-wide, and a value of $98,570 outside the City limits of Missoula, and a value of $216,036 for the Open Space Bonds which tax all non-timber and non-agricultural lands within the County.