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The Fiscal Year 2020-2021 (FY 21) budget for the general county and fiscal agencies will run from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
FY 2020-2021 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
The FY 2020-2021 Budget Public Hearing took place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Click here to view the County Administrator's budget presentation.
Click on the dates to view materials distributed at each meeting.
April 1, 2020 - The Board of Supervisors was provided a preliminary budget resolution that outlined two budgets, one that included a $0.66 real estate tax rate and one that included a $0.61 real estate tax rate. With the current health crisis, the majority of the Board agreed that a real estate tax rate increase was not in the best interest of County citizens at this time. Discussion also transpired regarding budget scenario A that included the removal of the merit/COLA and the addition of several new positions including six new firefighters. The FY 2020-2021 budget resolution being presented to the Board of Supervisors on April 8, 2020 for adoption includes a $0.61 real estate tax rate.
March 11, 2020 - This work session started with an update on the budget scenario that includes a 5-cent real estate tax increase. A few changes were made to items being funded for the proposed FY 2021 budget. Those changes are: 1) the budgeted amount for tuition assistance was reduced by half, from $262,000 to $131,000; 2) the 3% health insurance premium increase was reduced to 1.5% and the remaining 1.5% being reflected as increased premiums for the employees; and 3) the addition of two full-time firefighters for a total of eight full-time firefighters funded for FY 2021. The next budget-related meeting at this time is the budget public hearing currently scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM.
February 26, 2020 - This meeting began as a joint Board of Supervisors and School Board meeting in which the Superintendent provided a brief synopsis of what the School Board is requesting from the Board of Supervisors for their FY 2021 budget. The School Board is requesting an additional $11.7 million from the Board of Supervisors: $10.9 million for operating and $0.8 million for debt service. After the joint meeting was adjourned, the Director of Social Services answered questions regarding the Benefit Program Manager being requested for FY 2021. The budget scenarios were also discussed and the majority of the Board (4-2) agreed to advertise the FY 2021 Budget Public Hearing with a $0.5 cent real estate tax rate increase.
February 19, 2020 - The scenarios presented at the meeting were discussed and requests were made to add and remove certain positions by changing other funded areas. The Superintendent's budget presentation was also distributed and the possibility of changing the historical split of funds between the General Fund and the Schools was briefly discussed.
February 12, 2020 - At this meeting, the Public Works Director provided information on the environmental permit fee schedule and how it related to the new Environmental Inspector position request. Discussion also continued on the County's recycling issues and the impact on the budget. The Parks and Recreation Director was also present to review the new Recreation Technician position requested for FY 2021.
February 5, 2020 - Staff provided two additional funding scenarios for a total of four scenarios (A, B, C, D). Each additional scenario (C & D) included a 5-cent real estate tax increase using the traditional 57/43 school/county split. As in the two original funding scenarios (A & B), the revenue from economic growth was handled differently in the two new scenarios, one using the traditional 57/43 school/county split and the other without the split. Discussions included funding for new positions, recycling, refuse hauling expenses, fire and rescue funding, and the Shawneeland Sanitary District.
January 22, 2020 - The budget scenarios provided were discussed at this meeting including the possibility of implementing a real estate tax increase. Staff was asked to provide additional scenarios with a 5-cent real estate tax increase at the next work session scheduled for February 5, 2020.
January 15, 2020 - Discussions at this work session included departmental vehicle usage, current legislation regarding equal taxing authority as the City, the new County-wide radio system, new positions, and outside agency funding. It was requested for the next work session to provide a scenario with the 57/43 school/county split and a scenario without the 57/43 split and how that affects the County's requests for FY 2021.
Budget Q & A
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.
Expenditures are funded with revenues derived from taxes, fees, user charges, reimbursed costs and state/federal allocations.
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.