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Improving your cost recovery

Improving your Cost Recovery

CPRS Fall Forum


Today

Today

  • How to get started with determining appropriate levels of cost recovery

  • How to make improvements if needed


Its all about the policy

Its all about the Policy

  • Policy defines community values

  • Policy establishes target levels

  • Policies will vary across communities


Menlo parks policy

Menlo Parks policy

  • Three levels with criteria for each

  • High cost recovery (70-100%)

  • Low cost recovery (0-30%)

  • Everything else is Mid-level (31-69%)


High cost recovery programs

High cost recovery programs

  • Benefit the individual more than the community

  • Generally have competition in the private sector

  • Are readily available

  • Can recover a fee easily


Low cost recovery programs

Low cost recovery programs

  • Benefit the community, overall

  • Generally have NO competition in the private sector

  • May align with a Council or community goal

  • Cannot recover a fee cost effectively


Cost analysis

Cost analysis

  • What data have you got?

  • Can you keep track on your own if Finance can’t help?

  • Do you know your overhead costs?


Know what you re shooting for

Know what you’re shooting for

  • Direct costs?

  • Budgeted costs?

  • Indirect costs?

  • Then set your target and time frame

    • Eat the elephant…

    • Know what’s realistic


Planning questions

Planning questions

  • What are our priorities for improvements?

  • What infrastructure do we need to develop?

  • Are we ready to justify changes to our community? If so, how will we do it?


Menlo park

Menlo Park

  • We got EVERYONE involved

  • Lots of staff training

  • Improved measuring and monitoring

  • Held staff accountable (gently)


Sustainable services matrix

Sustainable services matrix

  • Hard decisions about service mix and business models

  • Helped determine where fee increases were appropriate


What really worked for us

What really worked for us

  • Changed our business model where needed

  • Set achievable targets over time

  • Community engagement


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