Presentation on theme: " Simplification ◦ Fewer separate levies and funds Consolidation ◦ More flexible use of funds and better prioritization Transparency ◦ Easier to understand."— Presentation transcript:
Simplification ◦ Fewer separate levies and funds Consolidation ◦ More flexible use of funds and better prioritization Transparency ◦ Easier to understand
General Fund Levy Road and Bridge Funds Capital Construction Human Services
14 current levies were previously dedicated to specific uses. Now all 14 purposes are allowed under General Fund spending with full flexibility to prioritize. No restrictions on use of funds.
4 current levies previously dedicated to specific uses now consolidated into one levy. Increased discretionary authority for commission. All voter approval is majority vote only. County road system does not create any limitations. Full flexibility to spend on roads, whether they are in the county road plan or not. For any jurisdiction that is over the target, there is a grandfather clause that allows the county to gradually phase down to the target.
4 current levies were previously dedicated to specific capital improvement uses. Now a consolidated levy authority with full flexibility to use for building construction, jails, corrections, real estate acquisition, lease for court space and Parks & Recreation buildings.
◦ Emergency Fund – Flood, Snow ◦ Veterans Service Officer ◦ Health District ◦ Historical Society ◦ Job Development Authority ◦ Senior Mill Match ◦ Special Assessments on County Property ◦ Emergency Medical Services ◦ Bond Principal and Interest, Buildings, Bridges, Highways ◦ County Hospital Associations ◦ County Clinic Associations ◦ County Hospital Districts ◦ Unorganized Township Road and Bridge ◦ Library ◦ Water Resource Districts ◦ Joint WRD ◦ Vector Control District
General Fund – 60 mills (county commission discretion, no voter approval required). Roads – 30 mills (10 mills with board discretion, 10 mills with majority voter approval shared with cities, 10 mills with voter approval and not shared). Capital improvements – 20 mills (10 mills with board discretion, 10 mills with voter approval). Special assessments unchanged. All previous mill levies up to target level enacted by voter approval before January 1, 2015 in place for 10 years. Future voter approvals limited to 10 years.
Mill levies previously adopted through a home rule charter. Guaranteed “hold harmless” taxing authority at dollar spending level of highest of previous 3 years. Current combined levies consolidated into the General Fund may be retained for one year (2016). After one year, combined levy must be reduced by 25% of gap between existing mill levies and 60 mills unless protected by “hold harmless.” Home rule charter authority for General Fund mills higher than 60 mills may be voter enacted at any time.