St. Clair County

Budget Summary 2003

This summary of the budgets of St. Clair County has been prepared to inform the Citizens of our County of the fiscal plans of the County Board of Commissioners and Administration for the 2003 fiscal year. It is intended to inform the reader with a brief introduction to the budgets of the various activities or services which we provide. It will highlight some of the more significant changes to the budgets, define key terms used, and outline the budget process used by the County.

Prepared by the Finance Department to provide a brief overview for the Citizens of St. Clair County of the budgets adopted by the Board of Commissioners.

Key Terms:

General Fund - This fund is used to account for all revenues and expenditures that are not accounted for in other funds. It is the largest fund and is considered the general operating fund of the County. There are 61 departments or activities including the Courts, Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Building Maintenance, Sheriff, Jail, Elections, Clerk, and Property Description. It also makes appropriations to other specific Funds.

Mill - The property tax rate that is based on valuation of property. A tax rate of one mill produces one dollar of taxes on each $1,000 of taxable property value.

Fiscal Year - Represents a 12-month period of time for which the County's accounts are reported. The calendar year ended December 31 is our fiscal year.

Fund - A Fund is a fiscal and accounting structure with a self-balancing set of accounts that stands alone for the purpose of carrying on specific activities or attaining certain objectives in accordance with specific regulations, restrictions or limitations.

The Budget Process:
The process starts in mid-summer of the year prior to the fiscal year with the various County departments submitting their requests for funding to the Finance Department. The Deputy Controller reviews the documents, sends all requests for personnel to the Human Resources Department for review and recommendation, organizes the budget requests for review, and prepares or reviews revenue projections. A Budget Committee, made up of department heads, scrutinizes the requests and submits a balanced budget to the Administrator/Controller for his review.

 

In October the Administrator/Controller submits a proposed budget to the Board of Commissioners for their consideration. The Board then holds workshops and a public hearing, and finally adopts the budget, usually in late November or early December for the next fiscal year. State law requires the budgets be adopted prior to the start of the fiscal year.

OPERATING FUNDS OF
ST. CLAIR COUNTY
Fund
2003
Budget
General Operating Fund
$ 47,595,258
Parks and Recreation*
2,715,208
Friend of Court - Act 294
550,355
Health Department
10,172,246
Substance Abuse
290,825
Planning Commission
686,688
Public Improvement
1,342,642
Library*
4,349,008
Redevelopment and Housing
177,000
Drug Task Force*
1,562,786
Senior Citizens*
2,853,210
Family Independence Agency
1,537,250
Child Care
4,126,339
Veterans Trust Fund
35,000
Emergency 911
425,000
Sanitary Landfill
4,551,142
Airport
2,036,399
     Total
$ 85,006,356
* Special Millage Funds


Revenue Sources

 
In Dollars ($)
Percent
Taxes
35,609,027
41.89%
Federal, State and Local Government Funds
20,735,681
24.39%
Department Generated Revenues
15,825,227
18.62%
Interest, Rents and Other
3,434,191
4.04%
Fund Balance & Transfers
9,402,230
11.06%
Total
85,006,356
100.00%

 

 
Category
Budget
Percent of
Budget
Legislative
(Board of Commissioners, Other Legislative Activities, Appropriations to Other Funds)
$10,335,716
12.16%
Judicial
(Circuit, District, Family & Probate Courts, Friend of the Court, Probation, Child Care)
14,262,778
16.78%
General Government
(Administration, Clerk/Register, Prosecuting Attorney, Information Technology, Buildings & Grounds Maintenance, Treasurer, Drain Commissioner, Public Improvement,Property Description, Equalization, Human Resources, Elections, Cooperative Extension)
14,516,722
17.08%
Public Safety
(Sheriff, Communications, Marine Enforcement, Jail, Juvenile Center, Emergency Services, Animal Shelter, Planning, Drug Task Force, Hazardous Materials Handling)

15,542,385

18.28%
Public Works
(Public Benefit Drains, Sanitary Landfill, Airport)
6,687,541
7.87%
Health and Welfare
(Public Guardian, Veteran's, Health Department, Substance Abuse, Redevelopment and Housing, Senior Citizens, Child Care, Day Treatment/Night Watch)
16,596,998
19.52%
Recreation and Culture
(Parks and Recreation, Library)
7,064,216
8.31%
 
Total
 
$85,006,356
 
100.00%

 

2003 Budget Highlights:

Revenues:
1. The State Taxable Value of our County increased 6.3% over 2002, from $4.8 billion to $5.1 billion. This valuation will generate approximately $26.7 million in General Fund property tax revenues in 2003. Special millages will generate another $8.8 million for their specific services.

Millage rates:
2003
2002
General Operating
5.3287 mills
5.3448 mills
Drug Task Force
.2805
.2814
Senior Citizens
.5000
.4960
Library
.5000
.4960
Parks and Recreation
.4956
.4971

The General Operating millage rate is authorized at 5.77 mills, but has been reduced over time due to the effects of the Headlee Amendment. The specially voted millage rates have also been reduced.

2. General operating State shared revenues have been decreased by the State by 3.5% under the 2003 originally approved amounts. This adjustment is due to State mandated reductions in support of local government.

3. Total general operating revenues have increased 3.9% over 2002.

Expenditures:
1. The County continues to develop and invest in the three foundational areas of human capital, corporate initiatives and capital/technology assets. The 2003 budgets include allowances for greater investment in technology to focus on the efficiency of staff and ease of access for the Citizens of the County. We are also investing in new staff positions that support current services which are directly impacted by the growth in the County.

2. Total general operating expenditures have increased 3.9% over 2002.

2003 General Operating Fund

Revenues:

 
In Dollars
Percent
Taxes
26,675,184
56.05%
Federal, State and Local Government Funds
10,184,793
21.40%
Department Generated Revenues
7,432,730
15.62%
Interest, Rents and Other
2,958,307
6.21%
Transfers from other Funds
344,244
.72%
Total
47,595,258
100.00%

 

Expenditures:

 
In Dollars
Percent
Legislative
1,803,706
3.79%
Judicial
9,586,084
20.14%
General Government
12,487,392
26.24%
Public Safety
13,554,599
28.48%
Public Works
100,000
.21%
Health and Welfare
1,531,467

3.21%

Appropriations to Other Funds*
8,532,010
17.93%
Totals
47,595,258
100.00%


* Appropriations to Other Funds represents amounts transferred from the General Operating Fund (General Fund) to other specific funds that are included in this pamphlet under the listing of Operating Funds.

 

Board of Commissioners - 2003/2004

Lee Masters, Chair
Patricia Anger, Vice Chair
Howard Heidemann
Stephen J. Kearns
Phillip Pavlov
Thomas Reilly
Pamela Wall

Administrator/Controller

Troy L. Feltman

Deputy Administrator

Joseph W. Bixler

Deputy Controller

Robert C. Kempf

Mission Statement:

To design and implement service mechanisms which enhances positive community outcomes.

Comments or suggestions regarding this Budget Summary may be made to Robert C. Kempf during normal business hours at 810-989-6905 or by email at Rkempf@stclaircounty.org

 



Contact Information

Administrator/Controller Department
200 Grand River Ave. Suite 203
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6900
Fax: (810) 985-3463
Email: Administrator/Controller
St. Clair County Administration building

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.