ORO VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL
Oro Valley Town Council
May 27, 2009
Oro Valley Town Council Chambers
11000 N. La Canada Drive
May 27, 2009
ORO VALLEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
11000 N. LA CANADA DRIVE
SPECIAL SESSION - AT OR AFTER 6:00 p.m.
|Paul Loomis, Mayor |
Kenneth "K.C." Carter, Vice Mayor
Paula Abbott, Council Member
Bill Garner, Council Member
Barry Gillaspie, Council Member
Al Kunisch, Council Member
Salette Latas, Council Member
Mayor Loomis stated that the adjustments to budget expenditures resulted in an excess of recurring funds totaling $429,498. He noted that the cost of General Fund funded positions was $810,000. He stated that the difference between the excess funds and the expenditure was $380,000 which equated to either cutting positions or funding the positions from other sources.
MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Loomis and seconded by Council Member Abbott to retain all the positions that are currently filled using $380,000 from the General Fund Contingency and $204,000 from the Highway Fund Contingency with direction to staff to evaluate the positions in six months.
It was clarified that:
~Council policy regarding the use of Contingency funds for one time expenses only would be suspended for this year.
~Positions that are currently vacant will remain vacant.
Council Member Gillaspie stated that he was against motion because it goes against long term sustainablity.
In response to Council Member Gillaspie's request for Point of Order, Town Attorney Tobin Rosen stated that when Council makes a motion that is in derrogation of Council policy, that motion suspends the policy and no additional motion is necessary.
Council Member Latas concurred with Council Member Gillaspie noting that impending State shared cuts and moratoriums on development impact fees were yet to be determined. She stated that this burdened tax payers. She felt that the excess funds should be left to the Town Manager to disperse.
Council Member Abbott requested a friendly amendment to review all jobs in six months. She noted that this was a one time expenditure that bought time to seek other revenue sources. She felt that it was important to value the employees.
Mayor Loomis accepted the friendly amendment.
MOTION carried, 4-3 with Council Member Garner, Council Member Gillaspie, and Council Member Latas opposed.
The remaining items were deemed to be mute points with the approval of the motion.
* Discussion and possible action regarding employee compensation and benefits
Employee reclassifications (action taken 5-20-09)
Possible Salary reductions
Reduced employer contributions to health insurance
Early Retirement Program
* Discussion and possible action regarding the Town’s reorganization plan for Development Services
* Discussion and possible action regarding Town Revenue Enhancement Options and Alternatives
It was noted that the Tentative Budget would be brought forward at the regular session on June 3, 2009.
Council Member Abbott requested discussions regarding the Naranja Town Site survey; the 25,000 allotted for Intergovernental Relations Travel reimbursement; the registering and licensing of animals fees for a study session and to schedule C-PATH for a presentation at the second meeting in June. These items were seconded by Council Member Kunisch.
Council Member Latas requested to amend the proposal and have C-PATH present how they intend to bring a Bio Tech Magnate school to Oro Valley and to ask if they would be willing to use funds from the Town to accomplish that. This item was seconded by Council Member Gillaspie.
MOTION: A motion was made by Vice Mayor Carter and seconded by Council Member Kunisch to adjourn the meeting at 6:29 p.m.
MOTION carried, 7-0.