Date: July 29, 2011
For more information contact
or Dennis Meyer (402) 441-7447
Lancaster County Board Of Commissioners Releases
Proposed Budget For Fiscal Year 2011-2012
The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners today released the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. The Board will hold a Public Hearing on the budget on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 7 PM. The Public Hearing will be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room, Room 112, on the first floor of the County/City Building located at 555 S. 10th Street in Lincoln. The Board will formally adopt the budget on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 9:30 AM in a meeting to be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room.
Preparation of the annual budget is the primary legislative responsibility of the County Board. Realizing the budget affects every citizen of Lancaster County, the Board takes this responsibility seriously and has spent many hours in deliberation on the budget.
The Board asked County agencies to submit a budget at 97% of FY2010-2011 budgets. The Board reminded agencies of the affect the nation's economy has had on Lancaster County, the loss of state aid of $1.4 million, and the opening of the new adult correctional facility. The 97% requirement was not able to be met by all agencies but twelve agencies within the general fund along with the Community Mental Health Center and the Noxious Weed Control Authority was able to meet the requirement. Twenty-two of the thirty-four agencies within the general fund have a budget that is the same amount as last year or below. The Board along with departments made some difficult decisions to balance the budget. The Post Employment Health Plan for employees will not be funded for a year beginning around September 1. Approximately 20 positions will not be filled or have been eliminated by County agencies. Lancaster County does not receive any sales or income tax, and relies heavily on property tax to fund the budget.
The Board of Commissioners appreciates the cooperation of the Lancaster County elected officials and appointed department heads in arriving at this year's budget. The County Board also thanks all County employees for their assistance in providing the necessary services within budget constraints. The Board welcomes public testimony on this proposed budget at the Public Hearing.
Budget highlights include the following:
- Property Taxes: The property tax rate for the 2011-12 proposed budget will remain the same levy as last year.
- Budget of Expenditures: The total proposed budget of expenditures is $154,299,846 which is 7.52% less than the 2010-11 adopted budget.
Valuation: The proposed budget was completed with a projection of a 1% increase in valuation.
Please note that the final valuation numbers will not be available until August 20, 2011.
General Fund Budget:
- Budget of Expenditures: The total proposed budget of expenditures increased by $939,078 which is 1.10% more than the 2010-11 adopted budget.
- Budget of Revenues: There will be a transfer from the Keno Fund in the amount of $1,575,000 for property tax relief.
- Community Corrections: Community Corrections has increased due to federal funding received which covers 2.75 additional employees. The Jail Diversion program was transferred from the Community Mental Health Center which results in three additional employees and a total program cost of $206,560.
- Corrections: The Correction's budget has increased by $1,277,000. The new facility should be completed during fiscal year 2011-12 and will require additional funding. District Energy payments will be approximately $850,000 and there will be a need for additional employees.
Other Specific Budgets:
- Lancaster Manor: The sale of Lancaster Manor was final on August 13, 2010. The activity in the fund is to pay workers= compensation payments and unemployment insurance. The remaining amount of $1,999,280 is budgeted in a contingency account and will only be expended after County Board approval.
- Bridge & Special Road Fund: Expenditures have decreased by approximately $5,000,000 due to the South 68th Street Viaduct (Hickman) project budgeted in the prior year budget.
- Group Insurance Fund: The Group Insurance Fund will decrease by approximately $2,500,000 because the number of county employees has decreased.
- Grants Fund: The Grants Fund will decrease by approximately $1,100,000 because of less federal funding.