Richard Robison, Planning Commission Chairman, will
present the proposed Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for FY
2004-2008, along with the Planning Commission’s recommendations.
Mr. Paul Blackmer, Chairman of the CIP Citizens Advisory
Committee, will be available to answer detailed questions
regarding the entire proposal.
At the conclusion of six months of work,
the CIP Citizens Advisory Committee transmitted the CIP for FY
2004-2008 to the Planning Commission.
The report was presented as an Executive Summary (dated
October 2002), and it was organized into three discrete
Major Systems Replacement, and Technology.
Paul Blackmer, Committee Chairman, briefed the Planning
November 21, 2002
prior to its public hearing.
The Executive Summary contained in the
proposed CIP for FY 2004-2008 proposes a 5-year funding request of
$36 million; $27.7 million from new debt and $18.5 million from
general revenue; resulting in a cumulative $17.6 million increase
in operating costs. The Citizen Advisory Committee noted to the
Planning Commission that the primary challenge over the next five
years will be the School Board’s identified need to fund the
construction of a new high school, along with the associated
operating costs. Under
Board of Supervisors financial policies, the new high school will
be subject to voter approval through referendum.
Funding will present a challenge over the
next few years, with expected shortfalls from state funding
sources. As a result,
the Committee also considered other sources of capital project
funding: for example, consideration be given to local Certificates
of Participation to raise funds for libraries, cultural centers,
and recreational facilities.
At the conclusion of the
November 21, 2002
public hearing, the Planning Commission scheduled and conducted
December and January work sessions.
January 23, 2003
meeting, the Planning Commission forwarded the proposed CIP for FY
2004-2008 to the Board of Supervisors for approval, with the
following unanimous recommended revisions:
Cedar Lee Performing Arts.
Remove any reference, under the Construction – Debt
subsection, from the CIP since there is no public funding planned
or considered for this project; and
- Groundwater Study/Survey.
One of the top Board of Supervisors and Planning
Commission objectives is to establish a clear understanding of
the capacity of groundwater resources Countywide, including
Countywide geology; recharge area locations and other
associated information. This project will require, through
time, the use of water resource consultants, the USGS, County
and state staff. The
Planning Commission recommended an annual reservation of
$60,000 to be included as part of the CIP or special projects
account for this undertaking.
general comments are provided in the Planning Commission Report
included as an attachment.