Washtenaw County continues to pay about $1.6 million annually on bonds issued to fund the county jail construction project about eight years ago. The county is now considering refinancing the bonds at a lower interest rate to save about $800,000 over the remaining life of the bond issue. County Administrator Verna McDaniel thinks it's another case where small savings can build up to a big difference.
The Washtenaw County Commissioners have passed a resolution setting the priorities they want used in the development of future budgets. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Commissioners contend it's part of a new approach to better connect budgeting with desired outcomes.
The Commissioners are set to create a set of strategic priorities and principles to be used in setting the county's future budgets. Commissioner Felicia Brabec says the priorities are likely to focus on human services, building a financial safety net and providing the community public safety services.
Once established and approved, the budget priorities will be given to County Administrator Verna McDaniel to incorporate into her budget proposal. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has this preview of tonight's meeting.
Washtenaw County officials report better than expected financial results in the first quarter of the year, but still need to make millions of dollars worth of structural changes next year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Administrator Verna McDaniel last night gave the Board of Commissioners an update on the fiscal state of the county.