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News Release

Board of Commissioners
Date: July 30, 2010

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Dennis Meyer (402) 441-7447

Lancaster County Board of Commissioners
Releases Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2010-2011

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners today released the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2010-2011. The Board will hold a Public Hearing on the budget on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 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 7, 2010 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 that remained at or below the prior budget with no expansion of services or personnel, a difficult request with increasing population and greater demand for County services. The Board reminded agencies the affect the nation's economy has had on Lancaster County and the projection of no increase in valuation. The Board along with departments made some difficult decisions to balance the budget. 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: Property taxes for the 2010-11 proposed budget are $50,014,170 which is the same as the 2009-10 adopted budget.
  • Budget of Expenditures: The total proposed budget of expenditures is $166,810,556 which is 7.39% less than the 2009-10 adopted budget.
  • Valuation: The County's estimated valuation is $18,641,136,908 which reflects a 0% increase.

    Please note that the final valuation numbers will not be available until August 20, 2010.
  • Lancaster Manor: The sale of Lancaster Manor is not final so there will still be activity in FY2010-11. The budget of expenditures decreased by approximately $13,500,000. The provider number has not been able to be changed so the County still receives the Medicaid payments. The County reimburses Lancaster Manor so budget authority is still required for FY2010-11. The Lancaster Manor fund will also transfer $500,000 to the general fund for reimbursement of a previous transfer.
  • Bridge & Special Road Fund: Expenditures have increased by approximately $5,000,000 due to the South 68th Street viaduct project.
  • Grants Fund: The Grants Fund will decrease by approximately $4,300,000 because the County no longer receives an Intergovernmental Transfer from the federal government. Lancaster County was used as a pass through from the federal government to Health and Human Services.

General Fund Budget:

  • Budget of Expenditures: The total proposed budget of expenditures decreased by $762,453 which is .89% less than the 2009-10 adopted budget.
  • Election Commissioner: This budget increased because of the election cycle. Fiscal year 2010-11 will have three elections.
  • Corrections: The Department will hire an additional eight employees through out the fiscal year to manage over-crowding and to facilitate transition into the new facility. Boarding contracts have decreased by $235,000 to help offset the cost.
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