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Board Goals Workshops

2/10/2010 Meeting Video 2/11/2010 Meeting Video 2/12/2010 Meeting Video

 4/27/2010 Goals Finalization Meeting Video | 6/28/2010 Budget Workshop

 8/31/2010 Budget Workshop | 9/07/2010 Budget Workshop

 9/08/2010 Budget Public Hearing | 9/23/2010 Final Budget Public Hearing

Survey Results and Fiscal Update PowerpointGuiding Principles

Guiding Principles For 09-10 Budget Preparation

1.) Not increase property tax rates, even though taxable base declined by 23.2%

2.) Downsize workforce - as much as possible - through attrition;

3.) Cut expenses, while still maintaining basic core services with minimal service level adjustments - both in operating and capital budgets;

4.) Spend down reserves, in a targeted manner, to soften the immediate impact of revenue losses, and to maintain programs and service levels;

5.) Reduce the level of reserves being used in the upcoming and future fiscal years (until economic recovery) by continuing to make cuts and refine service levels mid-year.

Proposed Additional Guiding Principles for Fiscal Year 2010-11

6.) Protect - particularly - General Fund reserves, by using "capacity" in other areas (operating, maintenance, and capital budgets) and, as much as possible, reserves in other areas;

7.) Manage to the bottom line - meaning overall (departmental) budgets are more important to "live within" than individual budget line items, which can be used to cover costs (this recognizes that while there may be unexpected costs during the year; there also will be unanticipated savings);

8.) Utilize "timing" - can some expenses bridge fiscal years? Is the Board's concern getting it done as soon as possible, or getting it done in a reasonable (even multi-year) timeframe?

9.) Recognize the need to temporarily suspend certain costs - that short-term cuts do not mean they are gone forever, but they won't come back until the local economy turns around;

10.) Analyze non-property tax revenue potential (fees) and develop multi-year plans for gradual increases to transfer costs to users of certain services and offset the "ratchet down" effect of property tax reform;

11.) Comprehensively analyze core (mandated) vs. non-core (historical, discretionary) services, and efficiencies to effectively provide service-level options to Board;

12.) Proactively meet loan and debt payments, recognizing that new loans are expensive and uncertain.

Presentations Used During the Goals Workshop Meetings:
Survey Results and Fiscal Update Powerpoint