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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
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VISION: A Diverse and Dynamic Community with a Healthy Economy and Environment where People and Businesses have the Opportunity to Thrive
overarching strategies 2003 thru present
Overarching Strategies2003 thru present
  • Budget Forecasting/Five Year Budgets
  • Sustainable Financial Practices
  • Employee Compensation
  • Innovative Practices
implementation strategies 2007 thru 2012
Implementation Strategies2007 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%
innovative best practices culture
Innovative Best Practices Culture

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 Sharing2005 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

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

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

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
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Parks, Expo Center &Trails

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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