Commission Candidate Offers Help With The Budget
Boca Raton, FL – Palm Beach County Commission candidate Karl Dickey has offered his suggestions in how to reduce the county budget for fiscal year 2011 which he is sending to the Commission and County Administrator Robert Weisman. Mr. Dickey hopes this helps the Commission as it goes through their budget workshops in June and July.
The budget put forth by Karl Dickey isolates many (but not all) tax supported expenditures by the county government and does not include savings that can be found in other Constitutional offices such as the Sheriff’s budget, the county appraiser, supervisor of elections, and so forth. In addition, it does not deal with expenses which cannot be changed such as the debt service and other contractual obligations.
The proposed budget would be a 13.5% reduction in tax supported expenditures resulting in a savings to the county taxpayers of over $150 million. Mr. Dickey said this morning, “And this is just the start. This $150 million is in addition to the savings the Sheriff’s office has offered of $25 million for 2011 and I truly feel we could effectively reduce the 2011 budget by as much as $200 million if our county commissioners got serious about it. In addition to this, I see the day when we reduce the overall expenditures by as much as $1 billion from today to fiscal year 2015.”
Some of the highlights of Karl Dickey’s budget proposal is the elimination of the legislative affairs office, community revitalization programs, economic development program, the housing finance authority, and small business assistance. The offices which would see little to no adverse affect are county administration, the county attorney’s office, engineering & public works, financial management and budget, information systems services, the internal auditor, medical examiner, the public health unit, and fire rescue. There has been a Fire-Rescue sales tax hike proposed for the county, however under Mr. Dickey’s plan, it would be unnecessary.
Mr. Dickey added, “As you can see in my proposal there is no need for 1% extra sales tax on the backs of Palm Beach County residents as the fire rescue budget is barely touched. We need to get the county government to focus on its core mission which should be about protecting its citizens, enforcing contracts through the court system, and protect our rights. Let’s have a county government respectful of our rights and reduces our tax situation to the point we can be the benevolent people we are. I see a day not too far in the future where it is the people, not the county government helping the disadvantaged in Palm Beach County and doing so more efficiently.”
The actions needed to bring Palm Beach County back from its current crisis point are for County officials to truly respect individuals and businesses by removing county government impediments to their desire to trade freely. If the Commission adopted a policy of free, unencumbered trade, respect for personal property, personal privacy and personal relationships, then Palm Beach County could become the most prosperous county in the United States.
|FY2010 (Adopted)||FY2011 (Proposed)||%Saved||$ Saved|
|Net Budget Expenditures (tax supported)||$1,113,164,012.00||$962,350,000.00||13.5||$150,814,012.00|
|County Cooperative Extension Service||$2,705.343.00||$2,450,000.00|
|Engineering and Public Works||$64,978,641.00||$60,000,000.00|
|Environmental Resource Management||$51,091,373.00||$45,000,000.00|
|Facilities Development and Operations||$90,129.954.00||$85,000,000.00|
|Financial Management and Budget||$3,595,911.00||$3,250,000.00|
|Housing and Community Development||$80,239,111.00||$55,000,000.00|
|Information Systems Services||$31,088,060.00||$30,000,000.00|
|Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)||$3,073,675.00||$2,000,000.00|
|Parks and Recreation||$65,061.834.00||$60,000,000.00|
|Planning, Zoning and Building||$25,849,397.00||$20,000,000.00|
|Criminal Justice Commission||$2,646,956.00||$1,000,000.00|
|Housing Finance Authority||$295,348.00||$0.00|
|Public Health Unit||$2,160,459.00||$2,000,000.00|
|Small Business Assistance||$873,234.00||$0.00|
|Value Adjustment Board||$583,750.00||$500,000.00|
|County Library System||$48,029.812.||$40,000,000.00|