Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 072244
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File Number: 072244 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: FEASIBILITY OF CONSOLIDATING COUNTY DEPTS. Introduced: 7/16/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 9/4/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A17
Notes: SEE FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED UNDER FILE NO. 072913 Title: RESOLUTION REQUESTING COUNTY MANAGER TO PREPARE A REPORT ANALYZING FEASIBILITY OF CONSOLIDATING COUNTY DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS IN ORDER TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 072035]
Indexes: CONSOLIDATED PLAN
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/4/2007 11A17 Amended
REPORT: (See Agenda Item 11A17 Amended; Legislative File No. 072913 for the amended version)

County Attorney 7/16/2007 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan

Budget and Finance Committee 7/11/2007 2I AMENDED Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Benitez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Sosa noted she thought the Commission Auditor, not the County Manager, should analyze all of the departments and make recommendations to the County Commission, or the Commission Auditor should review the County Manager’s recommendations and analysis. Commissioner Gimenez noted that Section 5.01 of the County’s Home Rule Charter stated that departments may be established by administrative order of the Mayor. He questioned whether it was legal for the County Commission to direct the County Manager to prepare a report concerning the Mayor’s functions. Assistant County Attorney Benitez advised that the County Commission could direct the Mayor to report on matters of County business. Following further discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Souto that the foregoing proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) to change the language of this resolution from "directing the County Manager to prepare a report" to "requesting the County Manager to prepare a report." This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION REQUESTING COUNTY MANAGER TO PREPARE A REPORT ANALYZING FEASIBILITY OF CONSOLIDATING COUNTY DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS IN ORDER TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT

BODY
WHEREAS, the State recently approved legislation requiring the County to rollback property tax revenue to Fiscal Year 2006-2007 levels (with an allowance for new construction) plus an additional 9% reduction in county-wide property tax collections, a 5% reduction in UMSA property tax collections and a 3% reduction in dependent Fire/Rescue district property tax collections; and
WHEREAS, because of the State mandated tax rollback and revenue cap the County must significantly reduce its anticipated expenditures for the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to explore methods to reduce the administrative cost of County government to the taxpayers, while preserving direct service delivery positions; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to direct the County Manager to prepare a report analyzing the feasibility of consolidating County departments and administrative functions in order to reduce the administrative cost of County government,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution and are approved.
Section 2. This Board requests the County Manager to prepare a report that: (a) for the years 2007, 1997 and 1987, indicates the number of County departments, the total administrative costs associated with each department, and the total number of senior management positions in each department for each respective year (“senior management positions” shall mean any classification higher than and inclusive of a Division Director); (b) indicates which departments were divided into multiple new departments during the last two decades and an explanation for such division; (c) analyzes which departments could be consolidated to reduce administrative costs; (d) for each County department, categorizes departmental functions as critical functions, quality of life services or neither; and (e) examines whether those departmental functions categorized as neither critical functions nor quality of life services may be performed by other departments. The County Manager shall present the report to this Board at the Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting.



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