On July 10th, the Children Services Council held their Budget and Finance Committee meeting. Executive Director, Ceka Green presented an overview of the proposed 2024 Fiscal Year Budget which contains various proposed millage rates of 0.375, 0.3477, 0.4375 and 0.5. Ms. Green explained that once the full Council has voted to approve the millage rate, the corresponding budget will be presented.
During public comment, Emily Fritz criticized the Council for the potential millage rate increase, stating, “I recommend you find out what the roll back rate is and present that as an option to the Council.” She went on to say that the public cannot afford another tax increase and suggested the Council change the way they spend their money stating, “Right now you’re scattering money all over the place and its very unfocused.”
Council Members Dr. Glenn and Ms. Cummings stated their support for keeping the current millage rate at 0.375 with both claiming the importance of having the funds to meet the needs of children in the community. However, Mr. Mitchell disagreed, and instead suggested rolling the millage rate back to 0.3477, which would result in the same amount of funding as the prior year. He stated, “We have lived within our means and I think we can show this community that we can that we can live within them on more year, and as we are getting our grove programmatically.”
Dr. Glenn asked whether the CSC funding was going to programs that addressed the same issues, or if the Council was spreading the dollars around in different areas. Executive Director Ceka Green said some of the programs could be addressing the same problems but in a different way. Ms. Green explained that the Council will continue to narrow down the number of programs that are funded, and will continue to learn as they have done in the prior years.
The Committee voted unanimously to approve presenting the proposed budget to the Council at the next meeting, without making a recommendation on a particular mileage rate.