Town of Glen St. Mary 

Florida's Outstanding Rural Community of the Year-2004

August 18, 2015 - Workshop

The Town of Glen St. Mary held a budget workshop on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7:05 P.M. at the Town Hall with Council Members Davis, Foster,and Rhynehardt present. Mayor Juanice Padgett presided over the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the Town’s budgets.

Mayor Padgett briefly went over the 2014/2015 Proposed Amended General Operating Account. She reminded Council we received a check from a company for utility tax. This is the $6,400 difference showing in the Utility Tax income category. The Legislative difference is reflective of Councilman Reneau resigning to run for Mayor. Executive differences are from unused vacation time paid out as well as a reduction of postage, election costs incurred, the purchase of a minute book and toner, and not having to purchase antivirus software this year. Other General Government had variations due to hiring a seasonal employee rather than a permanent employee. We cancelled our dumpster service, changed phone service last year and turned over the fire station electric account over to the County, all resulting in savings for the Town. The increase to other current charges is due to a pine tree right behind the fire station being removed. Local Option Gas Tax was less than expected and the Town had to buy more mosquito chemicals this year.

Mayor Padgett then discussed the 2015/2016 Proposed General Operating Account. Mayor Padgett told Council most of the tax revenues are set by the state. Utility Tax revenues are being reduced by $6,400 reflecting the check received last year. The VyStar rent will be $5,000.00 this year. Legislative reflects a new Council member taking office. Executive Personal Services, FICA Taxes and Retirement reflects the difference in unused vacation time paid out from last year and a proposed increase in salary for the Town Clerk. Other Current Charges went back down after the election and not as many supplies are expected, though we will need to renew our antivirus software. Mayor Padgett is proposing a raise for the Maintenance employee. Communications are down due to changing service providers last year. Utility Services should be less since giving the fire station to the County. Other current charges was adjusted for the tree taken down last year. Local Options Gas Tax is mandated by the state and we should only need to buy one container of mosquito chemicals for the upcoming year. These figures are reflective of adding a line for $10,000 for paving.

Mayor Padgett went on to discuss the 2014/2015 Proposed Amended Water/Sewer Account. The revenues haven’t been as much as originally planned. We had someone from Rural Water come and do a rate study, making suggestions on what our rates should be to increase the Town’s revenue. We changed our rates based on what we were told, but have not seen much change. We were not sure how Rural Water was coming up with their figures when it was presented, thus the revenues are proving what we had suspected. The new Davis Travel Center has been delayed so they have not hooked up yet. George’s restaurant was not open for seven months. We had budgeted for one water tap fee, but had two hook-ups. We budgeted for three sewer tap fees, but had two hook-ups. We received more bad checks than anticipated. Future Replacement was reduced because revenues weren’t as much as originally budgeted for. Fees to Macclenny were less than anticipated. The Town changed telephone providers and are saving this money. Utility Services were less than anticipated. The water and sewer tap fees had no expense, the homes that were hooked up paid for the meters, lines, etc. the previous year.

Mayor Padgett then discussed the 2015/2016 Proposed Water/Sewer Account. The increased revenue is reflective of George’s restaurant being open. Personal services, FICA, and Retirement are reflective of Matt getting a $1 per hour increase in pay. Water and Sewer Tap Fees are reflective of the revenue. Other Current Charges is lower due to less water tests due next year. Office Supplies are not expected to be as high as last year.

Mayor Padgett closed the budget workshop at 7:20 P.M.
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