City of Miami Beach - Special City Commission Meeting
Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall
1700 Convention Center Drive
September 14, 2000
Mayor Neisen O. Kasdin
Vice-Mayor Nancy Liebman
Commissioner Matti Herrera Bower
Commissioner Simon Cruz
Commissioner David Dermer
Commissioner Luis R. Garcia, Jr.
Commissioner Jose Smith
City Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez
City Attorney Murray H. Dubbin
City Clerk Robert E. Parcher
Call to Order - 5:25 p.m.
Requests for Additions, Withdrawals, and Deferrals
R7 - Resolutions
R7A1 Commission Memorandum No. 703-00
A Resolution Adopting: 1) the Tentative Ad Valorem Millage of 7.399 Mills for General Operating Purposes which is Six and One Half Percent (6.5%) Greater than the "Rolled-Back" Rate of 6.945 Mills; 2) the Debt Service Millage Rate of 1.156 Mills; and 3) Setting 5:01p.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2000, for the Second Public Hearing to Consider the Millage Rate and Budget for Fiscal Year 2000/01. 5:01 p.m. First Reading, Public Hearing
ACTION: Pubic hearing and discussion held. Resolution No. 2000-24080 adopted. Motion to adopt the Tentative Ad Valorem Millage by Vice-Mayor Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower. Voice vote 7-0.
Commissioner Cruz expressed his concern about life safety issues regarding the reduction of two lifeguard stands on 4th Street. Commissioner Smith stated his concern regarding public safety and police visability on the streets. Police Chief Barreto and Fire Chief Jordan commented that the reductions would not affect the manpower of their departments, and were comfortable with the reductions. Commissioner Garcia expressed his concern with the IT Department=s budget and also stated that the City Manager=s Office had no budget reduction. Vice-Mayor Liebman expressed her contentment with the Police Department=s budget and her concern with the staffing of Property Management, Parks and Recreation, specifically the Botanical Gardens, and the security for the Bass Museum. Commissioner Dermer asked how much revenue from the South Pointe RDA would go into the City=s General Fund in the year 2004/2005 if the RDA were abolished. Christina Cuervo reported $6,285,051 for 2005 and $5,956,782 for 2004. He expressed how the additional money would help the City. Mayor Kasdin stated that as long as the RDA is in place the County will not receive their portion of ad valorem taxes. The taxes dollars are available for use in the RDA area. He also complimented the Police and Fire Departments in particular, along with all of the departments for contributing to the millage reduction. Commissioners Cruz and Bower agreed that the new city manager has inherited a budget and no further millage reduction should be done.
Patricia Walker stated that the rating agencies were pleased with our performance in our overall finance position. Commisioner Cruz requested a comparison of comparable sized cities in terms of their indebtedness. Patricia Walker to handle.
Public Speakers: Frank Del Vecchio and Jeff Bechdel stated their issues regarding homeless assistance and how the program should be continued.
Lee Weiss: spoke about hiring a full time ADA Director.
Joe Fontana: spoke about having the city publicly display American flags around the City on five specific holidays throughout the year as a sign of patriotism. He stated that the amount of $34,000 includes removal and storage of the flags, and that the hardware and materials for approximately 300 flags should be part of the Parks and Recreation Department budget.
Commissioner Bower asked if all public buildings display flags. She said perhaps there is money in this year=s regular budget to purchase the flags. Matthew Schwartz to handle.
Count L.F.M. de W. Rosenthal e Meyerbeer W. Chudzikiewicz h. He stated certain employees within City Hall which go beyond their scope of duties should be given a pay increase or promoted. He also stated that hiring an additional Assistant City Manager was unnecessary.
1. Powerpoint Slide Presentation given by Patricia Walker
2. Memorandum from Jorge M. Gonzalez to Vice-Mayor Nancy Liebman (Distributed to the City Commission) dated September 14, 2000; regarding the Proposed Budget 2000-2001
3. South Pointe Nine-Year Capital Projection Spreadsheet
4. Speakers List
5. Budget notes prepared by the Budget Department
R7A2 Commission Memorandum No. 704-00
A Resolution Adopting Tentative Budgets for the General, Enterprise, and Internal Service Funds for Fiscal Year 2000/01 Subject to a Second Public Hearing Scheduled for September 27, 2000.
5:01 p.m. First Reading, Public Hearing
ACTION: Resolution No. 2000-24081 adopted. Motion made by Vice-Mayor Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower. Commissioner Garcia amended the motion to adopt the budget by eliminating the vacant position of Assistant City Manager. Commisioner Dermer seconded for discussion. Discussion held. Commissioner Dermer withdrew his second.
Commissioner Smith amended the motion to have those items which were removed from the Police and Fire budget to be funded by the GO Bond if eligible, and those items not eligible to be funded from the General Fund. Commissioner Garcia seconded the motion. Discussion held. The Administration and Commissioner Smith will analyze and prepare a report. Commissioner Smith withdrew his motion. Voice vote on the original motion 6-1; Opposed: Commissioner Garcia.
R7B1 Commission Memorandum No. 705-00
A Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Normandy Shores Local Government Neighborhood Improvement District Adopting the Tentative Ad Valorem Millage of 0.953 Mills for the Normandy Shores Local Government Neighborhood Improvement District, which is Three and Three Tenths Percent (3.3%) Greater than the "Rolled-Back" Rate of 0.923 Mills, for Fiscal Year 2000/01, Subject to a Second Public Hearing Scheduled at 5:02 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2000. 5:02 p.m. Second Reading, Public Hearing
ACTION: Resolution No. 2000-24082 adopted. Motion made by Vice-Mayor Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Smith; Voice vote: 7-0.
R7B2 Commission Memorandum No. 706-00
A Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Normandy Shores Local Government Neighborhood Improvement District Adopting the Tentative Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year 2000/01 Subject to a Second Public Hearing Scheduled for September 27, 2000. 5:02 p.m. Second Reading, Public Hearing
ACTION: Resolution No. 2000-24083 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Smith; seconded by Vice-Mayor Liebman; Voice vote: 7-0.
Next budget meeting is scheduled for 9/27th at 5:01.
Next millage meeting is scheduled for 9/27th at 5:02.
Meeting adjourned at 8:08 p.m.
End of Regular Agenda