TO:Budget & Finance Committee
Michael J. Pepe, Chairman, Legislator, District 7
Martin P. Kelly, Legislator, District 1
Brian D. Sweet, Legislator, District 2
Roy S. Dimond, Legislator, District 3
Robert Headwell, Jr., Legislator, District 4
Daniel P. Wilson, Legislator, District 5
John M. Duchessi, Legislator, District 6
Joseph M. Isabel, Legislator, District 8
Robert A. Purtell, Legislator, District 9
FROM:Cheryl A. Reese, Clerk of the Legislature
CC:Legislators, County Attorney, County Treasurer, Real Property Director, Media
DATE:1/16/2018
RE:Committee Meetings

Chairman Michael Pepe has called a meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday,October 17, 2017 in the Legislative Chambers, County Office Building, 64 Broadway, Fonda, New York. Items on the agenda, at this time, are as follows:

1.  DISCUSSION

 A. Privilege of Committee Chair, Committee Members & Legislators to discuss items of interest, etc., regarding departments governed by this Committee 

 B. Budget Discussion - Dashboard report

2. RESOLUTION ADOPTING INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW I OF 2017 (LOCAL LAW 9) - A LOCAL LAW AMENDING LOCAL LAW 3 OF 2007 FOR REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR COLD WAR VETERANS (REAL PROPERTY)

3. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO ENTER INTO AN INTERMUNICIPAL AGREEMENT WITH THE VILLAGE OF CANAJOHARIE  (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)

4. RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBER TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE  (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)

5. RESOLUTION APPROVING ABSTRACT OF AUDITED CLAIMS (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)

6. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH HUMANA FOR THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN (PERSONNEL)

7. OTHER



Proposed Resolutions

Res. #Sponsor/SecondRecommendation
229

RESOLUTION ADOPTING INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW I OF 2017 (LOCAL LAW 9) - A LOCAL LAW AMENDING LOCAL LAW 3 OF 2007 FOR REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR COLD WAR VETERANS (REAL PROPERTY)

Kelly/SweetMove to Full Legislature
228

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO ENTER INTO AN INTERMUNICIPAL AGREEMENT WITH THE VILLAGE OF CANAJOHARIE  (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)

Dimond/KellyMove to Full Legislature
227

RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBER TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE  (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)

Wilson/DuchessiMove to Full Legislature
226

RESOLUTION APPROVING ABSTRACT OF AUDITED CLAIMS (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)

Isabel/WilsonMove to Full Legislature
225

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH HUMANA FOR THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN (PERSONNEL)

Headwell, Jr./DimondMove to Full Legislature



Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 229 of 2017

DATED: October 24, 2017

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION ADOPTING INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW I OF 2017 (LOCAL LAW 9) - A LOCAL LAW AMENDING LOCAL LAW 3 OF 2007 FOR REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR COLD WAR VETERANS (REAL PROPERTY)


Resolution by Legislator: Kelly
Seconded by: Sweet

WHEREAS, on October 23, 2007, a proposed local law which establishes a real property tax exemption for Cold War Veterans was presented to the Board of Supervisors for consideration and a public hearing that was held on November 27, 2007.  Local Law #3 of 2007 adopted establishing the Cold War Veteran's exemption and was filed at the State on Dec. 6, 2007.

WHEREAS, the purpose of this local law is to amend Local Law #3 of 2017 according to Real Property Tax Law 458-B which added the language "notwithstanding the ten year limitation imposed by the foregoing provisions of this subparagraph, a county, city, town, village or school district that has adopted a local law or resolution pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subdivision may adopt a local law or resolution providing that the exemption authorized by this section shall apply to qualifying owners of qualifying real property for as long as they remain qualifying owners, without regard to such ten year limitation.  This local law changes has been authorized by enabling legislation of an amendment to the Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York, which allows the extension beyond 10 years at local option of the taxing jurisdictions.  The prior local law also had a statement that required annually refiling to receive the exemption which should be removed because the RPTL 458-B states that the property owner shall not be required to refile each year.

WHEREAS, that the said Local Law, known as Introductory Local Law I of 2017 (Local Law 9), entitled "A Local Law which amends Local Law No. 3 of 2007", hereby is adopted and is incorporated as follow:

BE IT ENACTED by the Montgomery County Legislature as follows:

Local Law 3 of 2007 is hereby amended to include the following:

SECTION 3: EXEMPTION SCHEDULE

D. The exemption authorized by this law  shall  apply  to qualifying owners of qualifying real property for as long as they remain qualifying  owners,  without  regard  to  a  ten year limitation. 

SAVING CLAUSE: If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part of this Local Law shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment decree or order shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment, decree or order shall have been rendered and the remainder of this Local Law shall not be affected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect, and 

EFFECTIVE DATE:   This Local Law shall take effect when all applicable statutory requirements for its passage and adoption have been fully complied with and it has been filed in the Office of the Secretary of State, 

RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Montgomery County Legislature hereby is authorized and directed to file one certified copy thereof in the Office of the Secretary of State and to ensure that it is published in the County’s designated legal newspapers, as required by law.


RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(9). (10/24/2017)



Prior Local Law

Attachment

Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

RESOLUTION ADOPTING A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND LOCAL LAW 3 OF 2007


II. Justification:

The State of New York has changed the requirements for the Cold War Veteran's Exemption allowing the taxing jurisdictions to remove the 10 year limit for the exemption by the adoption of a local law.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Charter the Montgomery County Legislature has the authority to pass local laws.


IV. Financial Impact:

Local Law #3 of 2007 had a 10 years limit for Cold War Veteran's.  This would allow the exemption to continue.  Otherwise, any Cold War Veteran that applied in 2008 will be losing the exemption next year.



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County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 228 of 2017

DATED: October 24, 2017

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO ENTER INTO AN INTERMUNICIPAL AGREEMENT WITH THE VILLAGE OF CANAJOHARIE  (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)


Resolution by Legislator: Dimond
Seconded by: Kelly

WHEREAS, the Village and the County have an interest in revitalizing urban areas and stabilizing neighborhoods; and 

WHEREAS, the County recognizes that the renewal of the these downtown areas throughout the County will strengthen the local economy and increase quality of life for residents; and 

WHEREAS, the Village applied for and was awarded a Local Waterfront Revitalization Grant; and 

WHEREAS, the County has foreclosed on the property that was the subject of the Village's Local Waterfront Revitilization Grant application; and 

WHEREAS, the County hereby supports the efforts of the Village’s  Local Waterfront Revitalization grant; and 

WHEREAS, the cooperative action of the County and the Village is expected to be to the benefit of the County and the Village

RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Executive, upon review and approval by the County Attorney, is authorized to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Village of Canajoharie to share the grant match and help to administer the  Local Waterfront Revitilization grant.

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(9). (10/24/2017)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

AUTHORIZING THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO ENTER INTO AN INTERMUNICIPAL AGREEMENT WITH THE VILLAGE OF CANAJOHARIE


II. Justification:

To work cooperatively with the Village on a grant that involves a property the County foreclosed on.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 3 of the Charter the Montgomery County Executive has the authority to sign contracts.


IV. Financial Impact:

$15,500 from professonal services will be used towards the grant match.



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 227 of 2017

DATED: October 24, 2017

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBER TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE  (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)


Resolution by Legislator: Wilson
Seconded by: Duchessi

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 2.10 of the Montgomery County Charter and Section 2.03 (A) xiv of the Rules of Procedure of the Montgomery County Legislature, there shall be an Audit Committee composed of the Chairperson of the Legislature, the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Budget & Finance and one additional Legislator; and

WHEREAS, the Montgomery County Legislature appoints a member each month to fill the position of the additional Legislator on the Audit Committee; and

RESOLVED, Legislator Headwell is hereby appointed to serve on the Audit Committee for the month of November 2017 and the month of December 2017.

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(8). Legislator Headwell, Jr. abstained. (10/24/2017)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

 APPOINTING MEMBER TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE  


II. Justification:

The Legislature has chosen to make appointments to fill the third position on the Audit Committee.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Section 2.10 of the Montgomery County Charter and Section 2.03 (A) xiv of the Rules of Procedure of the Montgomery County Legislature, there shall be an Audit Committee composed of the Chairperson of the Legislature, the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Budget & Finance and one additional Legislator.


IV. Financial Impact:

To ensure that there is no negative impact of the Operating Budget.



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 226 of 2017

DATED: October 24, 2017

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION APPROVING ABSTRACT OF AUDITED CLAIMS (COUNTY LEGISLATURE)


Resolution by Legislator: Isabel
Seconded by: Wilson

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Audit Guidelines, Section 13.2 (2), requires after examination and review of the claims by the audit committee, and there being no objection to any of the claims by any committee or Board member, shall move that the claims as audited are approved and presented to the Board for approval of payment; and

WHEREAS, the Audit Committee has audited claims for the period of September 27, 2017 through October 26, 2017 and recommends the payment of the claims as attached hereto in the "Abstract of Audited Claims".

RESOLVED, after examination and review of the claims by the Audit Committee, the claims are audited and attached hereto, are hereby approved for payment by the Montgomery County Legislature.

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(9). (10/24/2017)



Monthly Abstract of Audited Claims - October 24, 2017

Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

APPROVING ABSTRACT OF AUDITED CLAIMS


II. Justification:

Pursuant to the Audit Guidelines, Section 13.2 (2), requires after examination and review of the claims by the audit committee, and there being no objection to any of the claims by any committee or Board member, shall move that the claims as audited are approved and presented to the Board for approval of payment.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to the Audit Guidelines, Section 13.2 (2), requires after examination and review of the claims by the audit committee, and there being no objection to any of the claims by any committee or Board member, shall move that the claims as audited are approved and presented to the Board for approval of payment.


IV. Financial Impact:

No impact to the fund balance



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 225 of 2017

DATED: October 24, 2017

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH HUMANA FOR THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN (PERSONNEL)


Resolution by Legislator: Headwell, Jr.
Seconded by: Dimond

WHEREAS, in 2017, the Personnel Officer directed our Health Insurance Broker to market our retiree health insurance, as our Medicare eligible retiree population received a significant increase in premiums for said year,

WHEREAS, as a result of the marketing, it has been recommended by the Personnel Officer that Montgomery County change carriers from Empire Blue Cross Mediblue Freedom PPO Medicare Advantage plan to Humana Medicare Advantage plan for health insurance only, (no prescription drugs); and 

WHEREAS, although Empire Blue Cross Mediblue Freedom PPO Medicare Advantage has provided excellent service to Montgomery County and the retiree population, the rates are not competitive; and 

WHEREAS, Humana is matching 100% of the current plan design; and 

WHEREAS, Humana's pricing is projected to be a $253,376.64 annual savings

RESOLVED, that the County Executive, following review and approval by the County Attorney , is authorized and directed to sign an agreement with Humana Medicare Advantage plan for health insurance only, (no prescription drugs) at a rate of $194.46 per member per month.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that said agreement shall be effective January 1, 2018 through December 31,2018.

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(9). (10/24/2017)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN an AGREEMENT WITH HUMANA FOR THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN


II. Justification:

Montgomery County provides health insurance benefits to retirees who are age 65 and over.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 3 of the  Montgomery County Charter, the Montgomery County Executive has the authority to enter into contracts.


IV. Financial Impact:

Cost savings to the County of $253,376.64



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer