The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in Special session on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.
Present: Commissioners: Ted Postula, Scott Shackleton, Richard Timmer (5:05 p.m. ) Bernard LaJoie, Jim Moore ( 5:15 p.m.) and Chairman Earl Kay
Absent: Commissioner Don Cooper
Also Present: Marilyn McDonald, County Treasurer , Sharon Kennedy, Equalization Director, Kelly Beaune, Assistant to the Controller and Diane Cork, County Clerk
The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the proposed millage rates for the Truth in Taxation hearing scheduled for a Public Hearing on October 10th.
Sharon Kennedy, Equalization Director, explained that in order for revenue from taxes to increase from year to year there must be some kind of hearing so the public can play an active part in the process. This can be accomplished in one of two ways: A Truth and Budgeting hearing or a Truth in Taxation hearing. A Truth and Budgeting hearing must have an adopted budget in place for the following year and a Truth and Taxation hearing is based on an anticipated budget with the Commissioners being aware of their financial obligations for the following year.
The Commissioners were presented with tables showing the original millage authorized by elections, Headlee millage reduction fraction, maximum allowable millage levy and expiration date of millage authorized. Ms. Kennedy explained in detail the figures contained in her handouts and the difference between the 2004 revenues collected and 2005.
It was noted that in the proposed resolution presented at the County Board of Commissioners meeting held on September 12, 2005, the maximum allowable millage levy for the jail was 0.7166. That figure has been changed to 0.6000, which is the same as 2004.
Commissioner Shackleton stated that the millage levy in 2004 was 8.5692 and the millage for the coming year is 8.4256 which is a decrease in millage, but a result in higher revenue as a result of the property values increasing the amount budgeted may increase because Headlee can not be more than the rate of inflation.
It was moved by Commissioner Shackleton, supported by Commissioner Moore, that the county proceeed with the Truth and Taxation under the spreadsheet projections that were presented tonight with the Jail Revnovation at .6000. On a roll call vote, Commissioners Shackleton, LaJoie, Moore, Postula, Timmer and Kay voted yes. The motion carried 6-0.
Having no further business to come before the Board, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 5:44 p.m.
Diane S. Cork, Clerk
Earl Kay, Chairman