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ADMINISTRATOR RECOMMENDS 2012 BUDGET WHICH MEETS COMMISSIONERS CHARGE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESSENTIAL NEEDS OF RESIDENTS
COLUMBUS - Franklin County begins hearings today for the 2012 Budget. Earlier this week, Franklin County Administrator Don L. Brown presented Commissioners with the 2012 Recommended Operating Budget for the county's 36 agency budgets which meets the Commissioners directive to provide for the essential needs of Franklin County residents by focusing on community safety, job creation, health and human services, stewardship of natural resources and the environment, and assuring fiscally sustainable government operations.
"The Recommended Budget for 2012, like the 2011 budget, has been very challenging due to the difficult economy, state cuts and their impacts," said County Administrator Don Brown. "County agencies must absorb over $33 Million dollars in funding reductions as a result of the financial cuts and policy changes contained in the current State operating budget."
Brown continued, "In spite of this, the county must maintain a prudent and sustainable long-range budgeting strategy in order to stay among the best managed counties in the nation. We must control planned expenditures during the current period of minimal or negative revenue growth."
The 2012 Recommended Budget is aligned with the current conditions of the regional economy. Fully understanding that the county must live within its means, the 2012 Recommended General Fund Budget is 2.4% less than last year's budget. Excluding reserves and debt, the 2012 General Fund Recommended Budget will decrease by $7.1 million or 2.7% below the approved 2011 General Fund budget.
Administrator Brown noted that Franklin County has been recognized for sound financial planning, good administration and effective response to community needs.
The forecast for 2012 General Fund revenue is for a decline of 2% compared to the 2011 Approved Budget; and revenue for non-general funds is projected to decrease by 6.8%. While some revenue sources have improved, others are still being affected by changes in the economy as well as state and federal budget cuts.
The State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2012 and SFY 2013 operating budget for the State (H.B. 153) reduced local government support fund allocations by 25-percent in SFY 2012 and by 50-percent in SFY 2013. Losses to the County's General Revenue Fund are estimated at $0.9 million in 2011, $7.3 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.
Taking these losses into account, the estimates for Local Government Fund (LGF) allocations for the County are $22.1 million in 2011 and $15.8 million in 2012; reductions of 4.1-percent in 2011 and 31.5-percent in 2012.
The 2012 Recommended Budget also reflects a solid commitment to the County Commissioners' goal to advance the priorities of our community through the following core principles:
- Provide Community Safety, Security, and Effective Justice;
- Promote Job Creation, Strategic Economic Development, and Fiscal Security;
- Provide Supportive Health and Human Services;
- Promote Good Stewardship of Natural Resources, Environmental Sustainability, and Civic Engagement; and,
- Provide Efficient, Responsive, and Fiscally Sustainable Government Operations.
Representatives from each county office will come before the Board of Commissioners over the next few weeks to talk about their spending needs for the upcoming year.
To read the entire 2012 Recommended Budget message and view the 2012 Recommended Budget, hearing schedule, agency results, efficiencies and total expenditures planned for the upcoming year, log on to http://budget.franklincountyohio.gov