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The good news is that we have a budget to vote on. It was arrived at throughdiscussions that were a few times at policy level and were more than a few times at very detailed levels. We looked at funds, departments and capital projects.
Some of this detail is needed. However, I want to present a higher level perspective on the budget that will manifest some challenges and some questions, that both council and staff need to find answers for in the near future.
A very important section of our budget, which we are approving tonight as a part of the overall budget package, is our Long Range Financial Plan. This plan is based on our financial policies. These policies, in turn, require maintenance of certain balances for many funds, use of performance measures based mostly on program costs, and certain objectives for funding capital improvement projects and capital for infrastructure work.
The financial policies state that “The county will encourage economic development activities to broaden its tax base.” The policies further state that “strategic and program performance measures … will be based upon program goals and objectives … within the context of broader strategic goals and objectives.”
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