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Coconino County Adopts Tentative Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

Coconino County Adopts Tentative Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
June 09
11:35 2016

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors tentatively adopted the County’s $188 million Fiscal Year 2017 budget during its public meeting June 1.

Lena Fowler

Lena Fowler

The Board is scheduled to consider the adoption of a final version of the $188,145,090 budget June 21, with the final tax rates being set Aug. 9.

“We are pleased to report that due to increased revenues and sensible planning, Coconino County has a balanced budget for FY 2017,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Lena Fowler.

“This comes despite continued cost shifts from the State and uncertainty over the federal budgeting process.”

Each year, the County Board of Supervisors begins the budget process by holding a series of departmental meetings to review funding requests, discuss programs and set tax rates for the next fiscal year. County leadership has determined that positive budgetary conditions in FY17 also make it the year to invest in the future of the County with several key projects that increase customer service, accessible government and transparency.

They include: 

Allocating $15 million over the next three years to the County’s facility master plan to upgrade outdated and potentially dangerous buildings. This includes a possible courthouse co-location project with the City of Flagstaff. 

Replacing a 20-year-old financial system with a system that provides better customer service, fiscal transparency, efficient work flow, and more valuable management reporting. 

Funding to develop video and audio recording of Board of Supervisors meetings. 

Funding a key position in Adult Probation, paralegals, and a case manager to assist with the increased dependency caseloads caused by the overhaul at the Department of Child Safety. 

One-time funding for a records retention study to assess and streamline the storage and retention of public records. 

Funding to continue the very successful DUI/drug court giving flexibility to judges and prosecutors.

The County is expected to retain a $14 million fund balance in FY17, allowing it to remain flexible in response to emergency situations, such as natural disasters or cuts to state aid. A 2.5-percent market increase for eligible County employees was also added to the FY17 budget.

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