METROPOLITAN WASTEWATER SERVICE
DISTRICT BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING
June 15, 2005
Commissionerís Conference Room
Commissioner Anna Morrison presided with Commissioners Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Faye Stewart present. Bill Dwyer was excused. Committee Members present: Doug Keeler, Walter Meyer, Mary Ann Holser and Scott Bartlett.† County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson, Senior Budget Analyst Dave Garnick and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
I. Call to Order.
Doug Keeler called the meeting to order.
II. Budget Committee Business.
MOTION:† to approve Doug Keeler as Chair.
Bartlett MOVED, Green SECONDED.
MOTION:† to approve Walt Meyer as Vice Chair.
Bartlett MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Approval of Minutes of 2004
MOTION:† to approve the minutes from 2004.
Morrison MOVED, Green SECONDED.
III. Presentation of the 2005-2006 Budget.
Garnick explained that the budget is smaller.† He noted the budget for this year is $189,000 and next year it will be dropping down to $66,750.† He indicated the difference is that in the current year they budgeted a $130,000 transfer payment to MWMC and that had been done.† He said they are carrying forward enough to cover materials and services. He commented that they are in a holding pattern as far as the district is concerned until there is a final decision about the disposition of the district.† He added they only have this one fund and they are no longer levying taxes.
Holser asked why they are keeping the district for one more year.
Van Vactor said they discussed at SEL the future of the Lane County Metropolitan Wastewater Service District after the bonds were paid off.† He said the general consensus was that there was no compelling reason to keep it, but there was no reason to get rid of it.† He noted there is a statute that states there canít be two county service districts overlapping another county service district.† He indicated that they have a bill in the legislature, HB 3301, whose mission states that it is okay to overlap as long as they perform different services so there is not a duplication of services.
Wilson stated that one of the benefits of an existing district is the opportunity to ask the voters for a levy for operating or bond purposes.† She said the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission has chosen to finance its capital plan through revenue bonds instead of going through property taxes.
Morrison indicated she was not ready to get rid of it and wanted to wait to see what materializes.
Wilson explained that this district was formed at a time when there was not a requirement that it have an operating levy of a permanent tax break.
Green suggested retaining the district because once they give it up, it would be hard to reconstitute it.† His concern was one of timing, depending on what happens with the legislature.
IV. Public Hearing.
Chair Keeler opened the Public Hearing.† There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.
V. Deliberations and Action.
MOTION:† to approve the 2005/2006 Metropolitan Wastewater Service District Budget and levying of taxes in the amount of zero dollars.
Green MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
Chair Keeler adjourned the meeting at 12:20 p.m.