St. Clair County

Budget Summary 2002

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 2002 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.

Distributed by the Finance Department for the Citizens of St. Clair County

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
2002
Budget
General Operating Fund
$ 45,816,252
Parks and Recreation*
2,536,990
Friend of Court - Act
294 472,103
Health Department
9,577,386
Substance Abuse
276,751
Planning Commission
511,124
Public Improvement
727,900
Library*
4,536,236
Redevelopment and Housing
364,000
Drug Task Force*
1,253,743
Senior Citizens*
2,600,294
Family Independence Agency
1,533,750
Child Care
2,329,890
Veterans Trust Fund
65,000
Sanitary Landfill
5,255,036
Airport
2,207,642
     Total
$ 80,064,097
* Special Millage Funds


Revenue Sources


Taxes
$ 33,227,800
41.50%
Federal, State and Local Government Funds
20,875,689
26.07%
Department Generated Revenues
13,385,328
16.72%
Interest, Rents and Other
4,930,125
6.16%
Fund Balance & Transfers
7,645,155
9.55%
Total
$ 80,064,097
100.00%

 

 
Category
Budget
Percent of
Budget
Legislative
(Board of Commissioners, Other Legislative Activities, Appropriations to Other Funds)
$8,075,858
10.10%
Judicial
(Circuit, District, Family & Probate Courts, Friend of the Court, Probation)
10,317,908
12.89%
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)
12,854,164
16.05%
Public Safety
(Sheriff, Communications, Marine Enforcement, Jail, Juvenile Center, Emergency Services, Animal Shelter, Planning, Drug Task Force, Hazardous Materials Handling)

16,022,376

20.01%
Public Works
(Public Benefit Drains, Sanitary Landfill, Airport)
7,448,027
9.30%
Health and Welfare
(Public Guardian, Veteran's, Health Department, Substance Abuse, Redevelopment and Housing, Senior Citizens, Child Care, Day Treatment/Night Watch)
18,272,538
22.82%
Recreation and Culture
(Parks and Recreation, Library)
7,073,226
8.83%

Total
$80,064,097
100.00%

 

 

2002 Budget Highlights:

Revenues:
1. The State Taxable Value of our County increased 6.3% over 2001, from $4.5 billion to $4.8 billion. This valuation will generate approximately $24.9 million in General Fund property tax revenues in 2002. Special millages will generate another $8.3 million for their specific services.

Millage rates:
2002
2001
General Operating
5.3448 mills
5.3755 mills
Drug Task Force
.2814
.2831
Senior Citizens
.4960
.4989
Library
.4960
.4989
Parks and Recreation
.4971
.5000

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 are being increased by the State at 2.6% over the 2001 amounts. This relatively minor adjustment is due to State mandated changes to the formula used to divide up State shared revenues.

3. Total general operating revenues have increased 4.1% over 2001.

Expenditures:
1. The County continues to develop and invest in the three foundational areas of human capital, corporate initiatives and capital/technology assets. The 2002 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 4.1% over 2001.

2002 General Operating Fund

Revenues:

Taxes
$ 24,904,031
54.36%
Federal, State and Local Government Funds
9,496,811
20.73%
Department Generated Revenues
6,755,698
14.74%
Interest, Rents and Other
4,420,242
9.65%
Transfers from other Funds
239,470
.52%
Total
$ 45,816,252

100.00%

 

Expenditures:

Legislative
$ 1,900,607
4.15%
Judicial
9,186,615
20.05%
General Government
12,011,613
26.21%
Public Safety
14,916,699
32.56%
Public Works
100,000
.22%
Health and Welfare
1,525,467

3.33%

Appropriations to Other Funds*
6,175,251
13.48%
Totals
$ 45,816,252
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

Juanita Gittings, Chair
Steven Ellery, Vice Chair
Patricia Anger
Donald E. Dodge
Lee Masters
Patrick Quain
Edward Schultz

Administrator/Controller

Troy L. Feltman

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.