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.
Mandated Service: Jail and Revenue Sharing
Internal Function: Employee Health Care Initiatives
Optional Service: Parks, Expo Center & Trails
Rapidly increasing (double digit) yearly health care costs for employees
More healthy, productive and satisfied workforce; with positive impact on their families.
Budget difficulties in 2004 questioned ability for ongoing funding of Parks (non-mandated service); talk of closing a park that year.
The Results: Over the last 5-6 years: