2014-2017 Budget Planning Website
News and updates on the Washtenaw County Budget
I have been in public service for 38 years, 31 of which have been with Washtenaw County. I have been involved in the County's budget planning process since the beginning of my tenure at Washtenaw County, and am proud to be leading the development of Washtenaw County's first four-year budget. The new normal of our economy has forced Washtenaw County to re-think how we conduct business. Reduced property tax revenues, changes in State funding levels and increased demands on services caused significant and painful decisions to be made in our 2010/2011 and our 2012/2013 budgets. Through honest communication and hard work with our partnering departments and elected officials, we were able to reduce expenses while maintaining serviceability levels. While these challenging times remain uncertain, economic indicators are hinting that a gradual recovery may be on the horizon.
The time is right then, to focus on the long term view for our financial future. As stewards of Washtenaw County, we are all responsible for it's fiscal stability and helping to leave a strong legacy for future generations of citizens and employees alike. This year, like the last several years, is filled with significant economic difficulties as the public need and demand for services continue to increase and resources continue to shrink - albeit at a slower rate. This community needs us now more than ever before. So it's important to me to build a budget that allows us to provide the best services, the right services, in the most cost effective manner possible. This budget is critical to ensuring we make the best decisions for our community in this great time of need. We can be successful, but only if we work together.
I don’t have all the answers. I need each and every one of you to engage in this process, share your ideas, be informed and get in the ‘know’. I hope these budget web pages are informative and help you better understand our economic situation. If you need additional information, can’t find what you’re looking for or have suggestions, please contact Administration’s Elaine Holleran at 222-6784.
Thank you for staying informed and for your continued commitment to serving the citizens of this great community.
Verna J. McDaniel, Washtenaw County Administrator