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2010 legislative breakfast


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2010 legislative breakfast

  1. 1. Allen County Legislative Breakfast May 5, 2010
  2. 2. 2010 Legislative Overview
  3. 3. Brief Overview <ul><li>County Council binding review of Township and Special Taxing District Budgets </li></ul><ul><li>9-1-1 Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications Upgrade </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Status of Agenda <ul><li>County Council’s binding review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced in SB 241 along with other local government reform initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language adopted into HB 1030 by the Senate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ultimately did not receive a conference committee report </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 9-1-1 <ul><li>Final language in HEA 1086 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepaid wireless telecommunications service to collect $.25 at the sale regardless of the number of minutes purchased </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remitted to the Wireless Enhanced 911 Advisory Board </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provisions expire in two years if the average revenue is down by 5%. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No determination on how much this revenue this new fee will generate </li></ul><ul><li>Still no solution for future communication upgrades </li></ul>
  6. 6. Successes <ul><li>SEA 340 – Community Corrections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authorizes good time credit to those individuals enrolled in the Community Corrections program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows offender to be able to be on home detention in a house other than an immediate family member </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes to the Community Transition Program (CTP) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>HEA 1040 – County Clerk Liability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neither Circuit Court or Supreme Court clerks are personally liable for acts or omissions in performing duties of the clerk </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Issues for 2011 <ul><li>Additional Enhanced 911 Revenue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure upgrade costs up to $14M by 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>County will be working with other counties/communities for potential solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>County researching grants that would be applicable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vote Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Local Road and Street Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Cyclical Assessment for properties </li></ul><ul><li>County Council Binding Review </li></ul>
  8. 8. Allen County Local Issues Update
  9. 9. Communications Merger <ul><li>9-1-1 Merger Agreement was reached and signed by all parties on March 24, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Provisions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a joint Operations Board made up of the Allen County Sheriff, the Sheriff's Chief Deputy, and the chiefs of the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operating Boards responsibilities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>hiring an executive director </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>purchasing equipment and maintaining facilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>entering into contracts and agreements for the partnership. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current funding distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>City would fund 70 percent; County would contribute 30 percent </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future contribution percentages would be based upon call and run volume statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reviewed every three years beginning in January 2012, for the fiscal year 2013. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operations board must set benchmarks including: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>effectiveness of the organization, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>number of calls received, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>number of runs dispatched, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>speed of response and budgetary efficiencies. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The initial term of the agreement is for three years, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current Status: New Communications Director to be hired in Mid-July </li></ul>
  10. 10. Co-location <ul><li>Discussion began in 2008 with Task Force meetings held in the latter half of 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Task Force meeting agreements for co-location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Safety to be located in City-County Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development team to be co-located at Renaissance Square Building </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Status: Expected completion date for co-location at 200 E. Berry is Spring 2011 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Transportation <ul><li>Maplecrest Road Extension </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The lowest bid was approximately $34M </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Initially, the bid was estimated to be over $44M </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The bid was awarded to a local company, Primco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over 95% of the workforce from the Northeast region of Indiana </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preliminary work began in November </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completion in Spring 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Due to the low bid, the county is now able to utilize the other dollars budgeted for Maplecrest for other bridges’ repairs and maintenance </li></ul>
  12. 12. County Offices <ul><li>Recorder’s Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked with State Board of Accounts to get legislation as a ‘blanket ok’ for e-recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ONLY county in the state doing e-recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saves over 50 hrs of employee time per 1000 paperless documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>15 minutes for 65 pages in e-recording </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10,000 paperless copies have been filed since April 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent contract with eRecording Partners Network (EPN) allows these documents to be circulated to the Auditor and Assessor offices </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. County Offices <ul><li>Treasurer’s Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Property bills were sent out on time in 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both spring and fall payment coupons were included in the single mailing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New payment options available including automatic withdrawel and monthly amounts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessor’s Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elimination of trustee assessors during the 2009 General Assembly session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New tax assessing teams were formed under the County Assessor and renovations began in June of 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessor’s new office and tax team officers were relocated on the second floor of the City-County Building and were opened to the public in February 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. County Offices <ul><li>Health Department </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Successful H1N1 vaccination campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Partnered with over nine organizations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NEW clinic locations at Adams Center Road & St. Road 930 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relocation of Immunization Clinic, Infectious Disease Center/TB Clinic, and HIV/STD Clinic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Greater privacy, free parking, and located along a Citilink route </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Commissioners – local ordinances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passage of Patient Safety Ordinance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Requires physicians, who do not have admitting privileges in Allen County, to provide emergency contact information and an alternate physician-designee for emergency care to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>Thanks for your continued efforts at the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of Allen County and our communities </li></ul>