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Due primarily to a county-wide decline in property values, Washtenaw County is facing a projected $26 million deficit in the 2010/2011 budget cycle. More on the County’s Financial Status & Projected Deficits
On June 3, the Washtenaw County board of commissioners was presented with Phase 1 of the plan to close this projected deficit. Phase 1 represents $14.5 million in savings, leaving $11.5 million to be addressed. Commissioners approved the recommendations at Ways and Means and will take up the measures before the full board on July 8.
Highlights of the Phase 1 proposals (view the resolution for complete details):
Phase 2 recommendations will include a combination of compensation and benefits concessions (dependent upon negotiations between the county and 17 bargaining units) and other program changes up to and including elimination of whole programs and/or departments. A list of some of the programs and departments that may be eliminated is on page 3 of the executive summary.
The entire budget presentation at the June 3rd Ways & Means meeting may be viewed on the County’s archived webcast. The PowerPoint Presentation, Executive Summary, Board Resolutions and accompanying Memorandum is available on the County’s 2010/2011 Budget Process web site.
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