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County of Berks Proposed FY2006 Budget County Commissioners Meeting November 17, 2005.

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1 County of Berks Proposed FY2006 Budget County Commissioners Meeting November 17, 2005

2 County of Berks FY2006 Presentation Budget Schedule Budget: Highlights and Service Initiatives Fiscal Conditions Budget Summary

3 Budget Schedule November 17, 2005 Present Proposed FY06 Budget December 20, 2005 Adopt Final FY06 Budget Public Review –County Commissioners Office –Budget Office –County Website

4 County of Berks Proposed FY06 Budget 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

5 Current 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

6 Personnel/Staffing FY06 personnel costs virtually the same as FY05 costs Voluntary Severance Health Insurance Short Term/Long Term Disability Pension Obligation Net New Positions –1 Guardian –2 OSII-temporary –2 OSII-permanent –1 Courtroom Clerk

7 Not for Profit - Initiatives Library: $250,000 to enable additional PT staffing RACC: $200,000 additional for one time capital expenses Berks Economic Partnership: an additional $250,000 County and LEDA funds for a total contribution of $500,000

8 Ag Land Preservation and Open Space Borrowing Amount $36,000,000 Debt Service included in budget forecast Spending levels to be determined

9 Capital Projects 2006 Capital Projects Prison Expansion Elections Facilities Parks & Recreation –Connector Trail –Tulpehocken Creek Watershed –Adaptive Recreation Area –Berks Leisure Area –Kaercher Creek Park Projects Under Consideration –Community Corrections –Antietam Lake

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