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The Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget process is underway. The fiscal year will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
Documents distributed at work session can be viewed by clicking on the date of the work session below.
- February 15, 2017 - Three budget options were presented today by the County Administrator. Option 1 continues the use of $3.6 million from fund balance, uses an additional $4.6 million from fund balance to fund crucial capital items for the General Fund and the School System, includes the local tax revenue increase of $5 million derived from natural growth, and includes the $4.3 million in increased revenue over the equalized tax rate due to the reassessment. Option 2 includes the use of $3.6 million from fund balance and the local tax revenue increase of $5 million derived from natural growth. Option 3 includes the use of $1.8 million from fund balance and the local tax revenue increase of $5 million derived from natural growth. In Options 2 and 3, the $4.3 million in increased revenue over the equalized tax rate due to the reassessment would be set aside for future capital needs/projects for the County and School System. Option 1 would require $6.3 million in cuts from the General Fund's $177.8 million in submitted requests and $1.2 million in cuts from the School Operating Fund. Option 2 would require $10.7 in General Fund cuts and $5.8 in School Operating Fund cuts. Option 3 would require $11.5 million in cuts from the General Fund and $6.8 million in cuts from the School Operating Fund.
Several Board members voiced concerns that Option 3 should not be considered due to the drastic reductions needed for that Option, but other Board members thought that it should remain as a possible choice.
Board members will continue to review these options as well as the departmental cuts that were provided and discussion will continue at the next budget worksession on February 22, 2017.
- February 1, 2017 - The County Administrator reviewed her preliminary FY 2018 Budget discussing the proposed use of General Fund revenue due to natural growth of $5,021,855 as well as the increased revenue over the equalized tax rate due to the reassessment of $4,323,620. Board Member McCann-Slaughter requested two additional scenarios: 1) set aside the reassessment revenue for future capital projects and include $3.6 million from fund balance to balance the budget; and 2) set aside the reassessment revenue for future capital projects and include $1.8 million from fund balance to balance the budget. Several other board members showed an interest in these scenarios as well. Specifics of general fund cuts are still being reviewed regarding all of the scenarios mentioned above and school system requests are still unknown at this time. These additional scenarios will be reviewed at the next budget worksession on February 15, 2017.
- January 18, 2017 - FY 2018 preliminary budget scenarios were discussed at this meeting. The scenarios included only General Fund revenues and expenditures due to school system numbers not being available at this time. Several departmental budget questions were answered. FY 2018 capital requests were discussed in more detail as well as discussions of a future capital needs plan for departments. The Board of Supervisors requested that the County Administrator work on a preliminary list of budget cuts to be provided at the next budget work session on February 1, 2017.
The general fund budget provides for the daily operations of the county government and is funded with local, state and federal revenue. Local revenue contributes to the majority of funding to general fund. Expenditures in the general fund budget include government administration, judicial administration, public safety, public works, health and welfare, parks and recreation, community development , transfers to the various school funds, and transfers to the airport and jail operating fund.
The Board of Supervisors adopts a total county budget that includes funding for school operating, school capital, school debt service, school food service, and school related regional programs. The budget resolution is adopted by the Board of Supervisors by fund totals and does not allocate funding at program level. The county elected School Board is responsible for funding levels by programs and services.