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Monday, March 10, 2008

County still in budget trouble.

Hamilton County is still smarting from the pain of trimming $35 million from its 2008 budget in the form of layoffs, salary freezes and cutting of programs.

Yet it’s already preparing itself for another punch in the gut. The county's budget office Monday projected a $12.1 million gap in the 2009 budget based on revenue estimates to date.

The good news: the county is planning to give 2.5 percent raises for non-union staff. But if new money isn’t found other things will have to go come December. A more detailed analysis is expected in May.

Among the problems:
-Inflation: is expected to be 2.5 percent.
-Property tax: any increases from the auditor’s office assessment of property values this year will be offset by other property value decreases. No property tax growth is expected until 2012.
-Sales tax: is projected at a 1.5 percent growth rate.
-Interest Earnings: are projected to drop to $16.9 million in 2009 due to short-term investment performance.
- State reimbursements for the Public Defender and Local Government Fund: are expected to remain flat.


6 Comments:

at 9:37 AM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

ELIMINATE SOME OF THE TOP SALARIED POSITIONS ... DO NOT ADD THEM AS NOTED BELOW:

"Hamilton County Administrator is Patrick Thompson (513) 946-4420. They have more than one Assistant County Administrator as follows:

Jeffrey W. Aluotto, Assistant County Administrator for Public Services, (513) 946-4436. Mr. Aluotto previously worked at Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services as Solid Waste Program Manager.

Eric Stuckey, Assistant County Administrator for Administrative, (513) 946-4303. Previously worked for David J. Krings as his assistant.

Christian Sigman, Assistant County Administrator for Budget & Public Safety, (513) 946-4330. Previously worked at the City of Cincinnati in Budget.

Mr. Stuckey was the Assistant to David Krings and also applied for the County Administrator's position after Mr. Krings departure. Patrick Thompson was David Krings' replacement. Then, the Table of Organization changed and the County added the 3 Assistant Administrators to the reorganization.

Hope you were well-versed and well-educated on how top heavy Hamilton County is right now. Instead of downsizing from the upper levels, they give no raises and rid of line employees."

 
at 1:12 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the well versed information. I have read that there were over 100 positions to be cut on the 2008 Budget,but only 6 to 8 employees were realized. Lets say there were 8 and a 35 million shortfall, then those employees would have been making around 4 million each. Seriously, there were other cuts, that made up the 35 million, but if indeed there are only 8 employees that were cut, where is the next 12 million going to come from.

 
at 1:19 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Sigman has brought the same dog and pony show that he had going on at City Hall. Smoke and Mirror show at it best. One only has to look at how successful he was at City Hall to realize thats where Hamilton County is going. Maybe after Dewine leaves the other 2 commissioners will send him to Columbus. Not going to happen, Columbus is in worse shape than Hamilton County.

 
at 8:33 AM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeWine has nothing to do with Sigman and his actions at the City of Cincinnati. The other 2 commissioners could have asked for his resignation by this point, but obviously they do not have a problem with Sigman. Additionally, remember all 3 commissioners were formerly Cincinnati Council Members - not just DeWine. Pat will be missed as a Hamilton County Board of County Commissioner for he looks at for the taxpayer and draws attention to the conservative point-of-view.

Certainly hope Dewine is Judge DeWine after the November elections.

By the way, there were many other County employees who would have lost their jobs, but they were reassigned to other departments in vacant (posted) positions. Then from my understanding, the remainder who did not want a replacement job, were left go. Also, frozen positions were eliminated from the County's Table of Organization.

True ... the Administration Office is definitely TOP HEAVY at this time and should take a look in the mirror.

 
at 5:18 PM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Kent Evans said...

Start collectively shaming the Brown family. There's your money pit.

 
at 12:48 PM, March 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only mirrors these guys will be looking at is the rear view mirror as they leave the bank. Some of these people make some serious money as they step on fellow county employees. Come on is all of this necessary?

 
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