The Marco Island City Council began its deliberations on Monday regarding the 2020-2021 Budget with a review of department requests for capital spending for next year.
Councilors are hoping to bring the 2020-2021 Budget in at what is known as “roll-back.” Simply put, they would set the rate to bring in the same amount of revenue as they approved in the previous year.
It will be an interesting year ahead, as the state is anticipating a severe reduction in sales tax revenues due to the economic impact of COVID-19. Those dollars are also funneled back to the counties and cities within the state.
At their meeting on Monday, June 8th, they heard from all of their departments regarding their spending requirements for Capital needs during the next fiscal year. During their conversations, department heads were asked to reduce their requests down to the absolute necessities.
Fire/Rescue Chief Murphy was looking for a new vehicle for his Training Officer, as well as monies for the planning and replacement of Station 50 at the corner of San Marco and Bald Eagle Drive.
Police Chief Tracy Frazzano made her maiden voyage before the budget committee and wasn’t shy about asking for the capital outlay for stationary Automatic License Plate Recognition Camera System for placement on the Judge Jolly and Goodland Bridges. A new Identification Badge System to replace an antiquated older system. A traffic enforcement vehicle to provide the department with a vehicle capable of stemming unruly drivers on the island, and a cargo trailer to move equipment more efficiently when necessary; the old trailer is now too small.
Public Works Director Tim Pinter came forward with a long list of what he considered to be necessary capital needs. First on his list was a new vacuum truck and a new person to run that vehicle, instead of just sweeping the roadways around the island. A new steel building for the storage of equipment and adopting a new sidewalk repair program. That program would see the city take over those responsibilities rather than the citizens. He also provided them with a list of capital construction projects around the island.
Daniel Smith, the Director of Community Affairs, made the presentation for Parks and Recreation and was assisted by Adrian Conner of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, who lobbied for shade structures over the playground equipment, explaining the necessity for the addition of those structures.
The City Council will continue to work on its review of the 2020-2021 Budget process with a review of the operating budget on June 15, beginning at 1 PM. That meeting will be followed by the regular Council Meeting which will begin at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers.