TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will consider the recommended 2009-2010 fiscal year budget at two public hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 5:05 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, located on the second floor of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
The $411 million recommended budget is $44 million less than last year’s. It is available to view online at the Lake County Web site.
“The budget preparation during this year has without a doubt been the most challenging that most local governments have experienced. Lake County is no exception,” wrote County Manager Cindy Hall in a letter to County Commissioners in the recommended budget. “For the third straight year local governments throughout the state have adjusted to lower property tax revenues, the primary source of revenue for providing programs and services.”
The majority of the cost savings in this year’s recommended budget come from reductions in staffing levels. There are three components to these savings: implemented hiring freeze since December 2008; full-time workforce downsized by 12 percent through attrition, layoffs and separation incentives; and no increases in employee salaries and 12-day mandatory furlough program.
“The design of the proposed budget for FY 2009-10 has been challenging and the final product reflects reductions in virtually every function, program or service the County provides,” Hall wrote in the recommended budget. “By necessity, it has sadly impacted our most valuable resource, County employees, through layoffs, elimination of positions, reduction in employee benefits and employee furloughs. I can personally attest to the fact that our remaining employees are committed to providing the best possible service to the public with the resources they have available.”
For more information about the recommended Lake County budget for fiscal year 2009-2010, call the Lake County Department of Budget at (352) 343-9452.