The Scott County Board of Supervisors reviewed a new evaluation tool that will "take emotion" from the decision of which agencies will be funded.
The discussion occurred during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
County Administrator Mahesh Sharma told supervisors the tool would help supervisors make decisions about awarding ongoing program support for services mandated by state law and add-ons that benefit county residents.
Sharma said data analyzed and scored by the tool provides clarity, reduces redundant duplication of services, and “takes emotion from the funding decision. The criteria to evaluate agencies matches with (county) strategic plan revisions and goals,” Sharma explained. “It’s a sure thing in writing, not a handshake. Revenue drives the budget. Are we smart in spending dollars for services?”
Authorized agencies would be evaluated based on who the agency serves and how well those services and their outcomes align with Board of Supervisors goals for responsible county government, local and regional economic growth and exceptional county services. Current authorized agency funding ranges from $7,104,530 for the Scott Emergency Communications Center to $5,000 for Scott County Watershed/Soil Conservation. The county’s 2018 budget provides $10,033,539 in support for authorized agencies.
Director of Budgeting and Administrative Services David Farmer said the tool will be used to evaluate new agency funding requests and will be applied as currently funded agencies are considered for future fiscal year budget allocations. “Authorized agencies will have time to develop outcomes going into the 2020 fiscal year budget,” Farmer explained.
Supervisors praised the new method of performance evaluation. “Sometimes we become a number in their budget without production,” said Board Chair Carol Earnhardt. “We can un-fund those agencies.”
The scoring tool fwill be brought back for further supervisor discussion in January, Sharma said.
In other business, Sharma recommended supervisors suspend the rules at the regular meeting this Thursday at 5 p.m. and adopt the amended fireworks ordinance on second reading. “That way we have it on the books for the upcoming New Year’s celebration,” Sharma said.
The county ordinance mirrors ordinances passed by Bettendorf and Davenport that limits consumer fireworks displays to July 3 and 4 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. January 1st.