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  • 1. Allen County Government An Insider’s Look at County Government
  • 2. History of County Government
    • 1851 Charter
    • Developed as part of the Indiana Constitution
    • Creates four branches of government
      • Executive
      • Legislative
      • Judicial
      • Fiscal
  • 3. History of County Government
    • Creates Constitutional Offices (Defined by term limitations)
      • Auditor
      • Treasurer
      • Clerk
      • Sheriff
      • Recorder
      • Coroner
      • Surveyor (Constitutional but not defined by term limits)
  • 4. History of County Government
    • Creates Non-Constitutional Offices (Established by state statute)
      • 3 Commissioners (elected from districts on an at-Large basis)
      • Assessor
      • Township Assessors
      • County Council ( 4 elected by district, 3 at-Large)
      • Prosecutor
  • 5. Bad News
    • Increasing Public Safety costs
      • Prosecution of criminals (Cost?)
      • Superior and Circuit Court
      • Sheriff’s Department
      • Jail
      • Probation
    • Costs have gone from 40% of budget in 1991 to 69% in 2008.
  • 6. Financial = $5,193,591 Misc. Services = $5,844,506 Operations = $15,529,401 Law Enforcement/Judicial = $58,560,287 Total 2008 Budget = $85,127,785 2008 General Fund Budget
  • 7.
    • Amount collected in taxes doesn’t even cover amount necessary to fund public safety.
    • 2008 General Fund Revenue Estimate
  • 8. Bad News
    • Outside of Public Safety, counties are responsible for much more than other governing entities:
      • Child Welfare (budget numbers)
      • Bridges
      • Assessments
      • County Roads
  • 9. Bad News
    • Annexations
      • Street miles lost (Aboite Annexation)
      • CEDIT and COIT dollars lost
      • Population/Services provided by the county don’t decrease
        • Jail
        • Prosecutions
        • Roads to plow
      • Move to distribution of revenues based on services provided?
  • 10. Good News
    • Professionalism of Elected Officials & Department Heads
    • Progressive County Council
    • Strong legislative delegation
    • Development of best practices
      • Strategic Planning
      • Regionalizing efforts
      • Collaborative purchasing
      • Integrating services where it makes sense
  • 11. Good News Who is spending?
  • 12. Future of County Government
    • Unlikely; total consolidation
    • Likely; consolidation of functions;
      • Homeland Security
      • Land Use Planning
      • Human Resources
      • Information Technology
      • 911
      • Highway/Streets
      • Parks
  • 13. Future of County Government
    • Consolidation of Areas where economies of scale will dictate savings
      • Health Clinics
      • Health Savings Accounts
      • Early retirement options
      • Worker’s Compensation
      • Health Insurance
      • General Liability Insurance
      • Fuel Costs
      • Postage
  • 14. Future of County Government
    • Legislative initiatives
      • HEA 1362 (Government Reorganization; 2006)
      • HEA 1478 (Property Taxes; 2007)
      • HB 1001 (Budget Bill; 2008)
      • SB 17 (Tax Incremental Financing)
      • SB 18 (Limitations on debt)
    • The Fix
      • Allow budget increases of no more than a factor of the current budget X increase in population X increase in CPI.
  • 15. Future of County Government
    • Government Efficiencies Study Group
    • Blue Ribbon Committee
      • Recommendations
  • 16. Future of County Government
    • What’s on the radar?
      • Fort-to-Port
      • Maplecrest Road
      • Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy
      • Community Corrections Building
      • Shovel Ready Sites
      • Partnerships with City government