An Act To Modify the Lincoln County Budget Advisory Committee
Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA §792, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 718, is amended to read:
§ 792. Interim budget
If the budget is not approved before the start of a fiscal year, until a budget is finally adopted, the county shall operate on an interim budget , which may not exceed 80% of the previous year's budget.
Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA §793, as amended by PL 2007, c. 663, §10, is further amended to read:
§ 793. Advisory committee
There is established a Lincoln County Budget Advisory Committee , referred to in this article as "the advisory committee," as provided in this section.
Sec. 3. 30-A MRSA §795, as amended by PL 2007, c. 663, §12, is further amended to read:
§ 795. Budget estimate; submission to advisory committee
The Lincoln County commissioners shall submit a budget estimate to the advisory committee no later than 90 days before the end of the county's fiscal year for the coming year. The advisory committee shall review the budget estimate and make recommendations adopt a final budget and transmit that budget to the commissioners no later than 45 days before the end of the county's fiscal year. The county commissioners shall act on the budget in a timely fashion and, in any event, not later than 15 days before the end of the county's fiscal year. The county commissioners may not further increase, decrease, alter or revise the budget adopted by the advisory committee, except by unanimous vote of the county commissioners. If the adopted budget is changed by the county commissioners, the advisory committee may reject that change by a 2/3 vote of the members present. Those actions are final and are not subject to further action by either the county commissioners or the advisory committee.
This bill changes the Lincoln County budget procedures in the following ways.
1. Current law requires an interim county budget before a final county budget is approved to be no more than 80% of the amount of the preceding county budget. This bill raises the level of the interim county budget to no more than the full amount of the preceding county budget.
2. Current law requires the Lincoln County Budget Advisory Committee to be comprised of 3 municipal officers per county commissioner district elected by their respective district caucuses and serving staggered 3-year terms. This bill requires that each municipality has the option to have one municipal officer from that municipality selected by the municipality’s governing body to serve on the committee for a one-year term.
3. Current law requires the committee to submit budget recommendations to the Lincoln County commissioners, who have the final say on the county budget. This bill gives the committee the authority to submit a budget to the commissioners, who need a unanimous vote to make any changes, and the power to veto any change to the budget by the commissioners by a 2/3 vote of the committee members present.