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Lake City Report - May 20, 2011
Money and Health - It's that time of year

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

It’s that time again! The City Finance Staff has started preparing for next year’s budget.

The FY 2012 Detail Budget Worksheets will be distributed to Department Directors on Monday, May 23, 2011. Along with the worksheets, a schedule of “one-on-one” budget reviews will be provided to the Department Directors and the reviews will begin on or about June 6, 2011. 

The City is expecting another tight year from an operational perspective. The expectations are that the General Fund Capital Budget will be straightforward this year due to the availability and use of $2.5 million in Sales Tax Bond Revenue.

City's Group Health Insurance Plan

The City Staff has initiated the process for continuation of the City Health Insurance Program.

Staff met this week with Park-Johnson Agency to discuss options for renewal of the City’s current BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Health Plan. The outlook for continuation of the current plan at comparable cost is not very bright.

Several alternatives will be considered during the next few weeks, which include:   1) Plan Design Change; 2) alternative funding means; 3) Request for Proposals; 4) Opt out.

All alternatives will be considered with the primary objective of maintaining a quality employee health care program for FY 2012 with minimal or no increase in cost.

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council 2010 Annual Report

RPC Executive Director Scott Koons distributed the Council’s Annual Report this week. During 2010, the Council has continued the trend of successful public services to its 11-county and 33 municipality region.  The City of Lake City benefited from the Council’s professional guidance during 2010 as follows:

1) Completion of the City Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report.

2) Continued administration of FY 2008 CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Grant ($750,000).   With the RPC’s assistance, this grant will be closed out by June 30, 2011.

3) Continued administration of CDBG Disaster Grant for replacement and rehabilitation of homes damaged or destroyed during the March 2007 tornado.

4) Assistance with several “small scale” comprehensive plan amendments.

Mayor Stephen Witt is the City’s representative to the RPC. The 2010 Report is available for review at City Hall.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here

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Read the City Manager's 2010 Budget and Administrative Report • here.


City Staff Report
 • Week ending May 20, 2011


The April Activity Report showing all the current City projects is available here.