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Berks County Proposed FY2007 Budget County Commissioners Meeting November 16, 2006.

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1 Berks County Proposed FY2007 Budget County Commissioners Meeting November 16, 2006

2 Berks County FY2007 Budget Presentation Budget Schedule Fiscal Condition and Budget Projections Budget: Highlights and Service Initiatives Budget Summary

3 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Budget Schedule November 16, 2006 Present Proposed FY07 Budget December 19, 2006 Adopt Final FY07 Budget Public Review –County Commissioners’ Office –Budget Office –County Website

4 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Bottom Line The budget utilizes the existing tax rate The budget is balanced, expenditures match revenues, so we are not deficit spending and as a result, No fund balance is used to balance the budget

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6 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Current Fiscal Conditions Budget challenges continue –Assessed value growth –Federal and State budget cuts –Growth in revenue; few options for generating revenue –We have identified efficiencies, made cuts, reallocated resources, etc. but more needed Future Projections –Budget Forecast FY07 thru FY10

7 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Personnel/Staffing Voluntary Severance was very successful in cost avoidance Self Insured Health Coverage was also successful – reserve established Short Term/Long Term Disability Pension Obligation New Positions – 37 FTE’s

8 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Initiatives Community Corrections Ag Land Preservation & Open Space Accounting Software Reserve Center Use of Former Berks Heim Facility –Archives –Veterans’ Affairs

9 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Initiatives Berks Heim –2007 Balanced Budget –Efficient Operation –Business Plan Practices already in place Changes in Rate Structure

10 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Capital Projects Prison Expansion Community Corrections Voice over IP Accounting Software Courts – Audio upgrades, digital recorders Parks & Recreation –Connector Trail for Union Canal –Haycreek Trail –Stonecliff Recreation Area –Restoration of Gruber Wagon Works –Antietam Lake

11 Berks County Proposed FY07 Budget Proposed Designations of Fund Balance –Additional $2M Self Insured Health ($4M Total) –$4M for 2008 Capital –$2.7 of Tipping Fees for Solid Waste and Recycling

12 Budget Process Successes Level of analysis Zero based budgeting concept Departments explain twice as much on twice as many line items Communication between all fiscal departments Budget Office/Purchasing work hand in hand –Professional Fees, Contracts, Supplies, Equipment, etc –Departments work off of actuals rather than budget Future Challenge: continue to develop good data, departments understand analysis and cause and effect of revenue and spending patterns

13 Financial Overview

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16 Personnel Trend Chart

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18 2007 Capital Plan

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27 Comments and Questions


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