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COUNTY FINANCE FOR THE FUTURE: Exploring The New Reality of Government in the New Economy and Current Political Climate September 24 th , 2012 David C. Maturen, Chair Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners.

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COUNTY FINANCE FOR THE FUTURE:Exploring The New Reality of Government in the New Economy and Current Political ClimateSeptember 24th, 2012David C. Maturen, ChairKalamazoo County Board of Commissioners


VISION: A Diverse and Dynamic Community with a Healthy Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive


Dollars and sense
Dollars and Sense Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive


Overarching strategies 2003 thru present
Overarching Strategies Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive2003 thru present

  • Budget Forecasting/Five Year Budgets

  • Sustainable Financial Practices

  • Employee Compensation

  • Innovative Practices


Budget forecasting five year projections 2007 thru 2012
Budget Forecasting/Five Year Projections: Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive2007 thru 2012


Implementation strategies 2007 thru 2012
Implementation Strategies Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive2007 thru 2012

  • Head count relatively flat (741 – 745)

  • Salary schedule increases less than revenue growth (5.5%)

  • Employee benefits remain stable (40% blended)

    • 10%

    • 36.5%

    • 57%


Unallocated fund balance progression 2003 thru present
Unallocated Fund Balance Progression - Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive2003 thru present


General county public improvement 2003 thru present
General County Public Improvement - Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive2003 thru present


Innovative best practices culture
Innovative Best Practices Culture Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive

3 Examples:

Mandated Service: Jail and Revenue Sharing

Internal Function: Employee Health Care Initiatives

Optional Service: Parks, Expo Center & Trails


Jail and revenue sharing 2005 thru present
Jail and Revenue Sharing Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive2005 thru present

The Problem(s):

  • 2 failed jail millage requests

  • Elimination of revenue sharing, creation of revenue sharing reserve

The Solution/Approach:

  • Revenue sharing reserve shifted to capital

  • Self-imposed austerity program

  • Dual goals

    • self-fund jail solution

    • eliminate reliance on uncertain future funding


Employee health care initiatives
Employee Health Care Initiatives Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive

The Problem:

Rapidly increasing (double digit) yearly health care costs for employees

The Solution/Approach:

  • Implemented data-driven measurable program with successful track record from local private sector one-to-one coaching firm.

  • Instituted 100% self funded health plan; modified benefits to emphasize personal responsibility and prevention.


Employee health care initiatives1
Employee Health Care Initiatives Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive

The Results:

  • Self funding

  • Design changes

  • Nationally recognized best practice wellness program

  • 80% participation

  • No appreciable increase in Health Care Expenses in last 5 years

More healthy, productive and satisfied workforce; with positive impact on their families.


Parks expo center trails
Parks, Expo Center &Trails Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive

The Problem:

Budget difficulties in 2004 questioned ability for ongoing funding of Parks (non-mandated service); talk of closing a park that year.

  • The Solution/Approach:

  • Goal established: self-sufficiency in 10 years

  • Concentrated customer-driven focus

  • Emphasized community partnerships


Parks expo center trails1
Parks, Expo Center &Trails Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive

The Results: Over the last 5-6 years:

  • Park Attendance Up 79%

    • >1 million visitors/year!

  • Non-Tax Park Revenue Up 69% ($439,310)

  • From 46% General Fund Support to 18%

  • Nearly $2 million in Endowments

  • Closer relationships with community partners

    • Expo Center >300,000 visitors; 12,000 overnights


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