COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Health Department Carry/Over Request

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request approval for the Health Department to use FY03 surplus local funds to offset anticipated budget shortfall in their FY04 budget.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, White, Breeden

 

LINK TO ATTACHMENT(S):



LEGAL REVIEW:†† no

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

February 4, 2004

 

ACTION:†††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††INFORMATION:

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

ACTION:X††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††INFORMATION:††

 

ATTACHMENTS:†† no

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The year-end Health Department settlement process for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Health Department resulted in a $17,119 surplus to be potentially returned to the County and $19,082 to be returned to the City.However, Dr. Susan McLeod, Health Department Director, has requested the Countyís permission to use those surplus funds to offset a pending shortfall in their FY04 budget. The normal practice is that these surplus funds are returned to the County.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

4.2.1 Fund County services in a fair, efficient manner and provide needed public facilities and infrastructure.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

At the time the Health Department prepared their FY04 budget, they did not anticipate any pay increases from the state and only a 10% anticipated increase in personnel benefits. However, the actions taken by the state in passing the FY04 state budget provided a 2.25% salary increase effective for all employees in December.Additionally, VRS and health insurance costs resulted in a 22.6% increase in benefit costs compared to FY03. Due to these changes, the Health Department is facing a budget shortfall in the current year.

 

The Health Departmentís FY04 budget request to the County was actually $40,000 less than their FY03 appropriation, and they now desperately need the FY03 carry-over funds to meet their FY04 personnel costs.†††

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends County approval for the Health Department to use $17,119 in FY03 local carry-over funds for their FY04 budget needs.

 

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