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Berks County Proposed FY2008 Budget County Commissioners Meeting November 15, 2007.

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1 Berks County Proposed FY2008 Budget County Commissioners Meeting November 15, 2007

2 Berks County FY2008 Budget Presentation Budget Schedule Budget Overview Budget Initiatives Budget Execution Risks and Future Challenges Tax and Budget Summary Budget Projections Questions and Commentary

3 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget Budget Schedule November 15, 2007 Present Proposed FY08 Budget December 18, 2007 Adopt Final FY08 Budget Public Review –County Commissioners’ Office –Budget Office –County Website

4 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget Bottom Line The budget utilizes the existing tax mills Operating revenue and expenditures equal $460M Tax revenue is projected at $125M The budget is balanced, expenditures match revenues, so we are not deficit spending No fund balance is used to balance the budget Unreserved/undesignated fund balance is projected at $83M or 18% of total operating expenditures

5 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget Initiatives Community Corrections Prison expansion Ag Land and open space preservation Financial software conversion 911/EMA consolidation and relocation 911 Infrastructure upgrade – New bond issue to cover user radios Park expansion - Antietam & Haycreek Not for profits: –Historical Society –Humane Society/Animal Rescue –Literacy Council Reading Area Community College

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7 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget Other Capital Projects Funded by tax dollars or grants: Voice over IP Courts – Jury Pool Software Antietam Acquisition Antietam Dam Repair Haycreek Trail Restoration Gruber Wagon Works Adaptive Recreation Area

8 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget Personnel/Staffing 21 New Positions = $628k Community Corrections 16 Court - DJ’s Offc. Support 2 Court Reporters 1 DRO – Conference Officer/PT OS 2 18 Eliminated Positions = $344k Facilities & Maint.- Seasonal PT 2 Courts – Video Arraign. Master 1 DRO Detective 1 DRO Temp position 1 Career Link Older Americans – part time 12 Recycling Coordinator 1 Extended Temp Positions Clerk Court OS to

9 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget 2008 Execution Risks Crime impacts on: Prison population – 1,213 Children placements in CYS Juvenile placements in JPO and YDC Court costs Operational risks: Pension investment performance – ARC Pmt Employee health New employees RiverPlace costs Park expansion – Antietam operating costs

10 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget Future Challenges and Decisions –Prison expansion/ Community Corrections - addt’l operating costs –Addt’l Debt service - $36M Open Space/Ag Pres. - $1.8M per yr in 2010 –New $50M bond Issue for 911system – Annual debt service = $3.8M per yr in 2010 – assumes County pays for end user radios - $24.4M ?? –Service levels for Prison/CYS/YDC/JPO –Tax growth - Assessed value versus inflation –Federal and State budget cuts –Non-tax revenue growth – few options

11 Berks County Proposed FY08 Budget Budget Process Successes Level of analysis Commitment to cost effectiveness Detail request from departments 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

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18 Comments and Questions


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