MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
MARCH 28, 2014

The unofficial Special Called Meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:04 A.M., Friday, March 28, 2014, in the Council Chambers, Second Floor of City Services Center, Columbus, Georgia. Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Tomlinson and Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh were Councilors Mike Baker, Berry Henderson, and Judy W. Thomas. Councilor Evelyn Woodson arrived at 9:07 a.m. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, City Attorney Clifton Fay, and Deputy Clerk of Council Sandra Davis were also present.
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ABSENT: Councilors R. Gary Allen, Jerry “Pops” Barnes, Glenn Davis, Bruce Huff and Charles E. McDaniel, Jr. were absent. Also, Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington was absent.
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QUORUM: Mayor Tomlinson announced that there is no quorum; therefore, this meeting could not constitute an official business meeting. She noted that on April 8, 2014, the budget would be physically submitted, as long as there is a quorum, to ensure compliance with the Georgia statute.
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INVOCATION: Offered by Chaplin Roy Isasi- Columbus Police Department.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Mayor Tomlinson.

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MAYOR’S AGENDA:

POPULATION INCREASE:

Mayor Tomlinson announced that the City of Columbus has grown in population to 202,000 with our sister cities: Augusta and Macon showing a reduction in population.
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MAYOR’S BUDGET MESSAGE AND PRESENTATION OF THE FY2015 RECOMMENDED BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2014 AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2015:

Mayor Tomlinson outlined the Year 2015 Recommended Budget in a power point presentation. Provided below is a summarization of the presentation and is listed as follows: (A copy of the entire power presentation has been filed for the record.)
FY 2015 Mayor’s Recommended Budget


The Basics – Recommended Budget

FY 2015 Budget Plan to Reverse General Fund Drawdown


FY 2015 Budget Assumptions
With No Restructuring of Healthcare


Restructuring Employee Healthcare –
$23.7 Million Healthcare Program

Restructure Proposal Projected Savings

Eliminate Spousal Coverage for those with Access to $1,180,341
Other Employer Coverage

City Pays Base Sum Toward Healthcare Cost Equal $1,666,645
To 70% of HWC Plan

Raise HMO/PPO Out of Pocket Maximum to $6,350/ $ 508,796
$12/700

Increase HMO/PPO Deductible to $1,000/$2,000 $ 888,663

Increase HWC Deductible to $500/$1,000 $ 140,142

Increase Rx Copays to $20/$40/$60 $ 119,499

TOTAL SAVINGS $4,504,086

User Fees

Additional Budget Balancing Strategies

Targeted Budget Adjustments

Across the Board Cuts

Councilor Henderson said that we required that any unfilled positions that need to be filled would have to be brought before this Council, but this was modified to any hire that exceeds a three-step jump in order to allow some of our public safety departments to not lose out on recruits. He asked does this need to be changed if we want to be consistent with the suggestion that every hire come before this Council. He also asked if there would be an issue with allowing Public Safety to hire personnel when they are available, at which time, Mayor Tomlinson responded that this is consistent with what the Council has adopted and the current practice.
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With there being no other business to come before this Council, Mayor Tomlinson announced that this meeting is adjourned with Councilors Allen, Barnes, Davis, Huff and McDaniel being absent for the meeting with the time being 9:40 a.m.





Sandra T. Davis, CDMC
Deputy Clerk of Council
Council of Columbus, Georgia