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FY 2019 & FY 2020 Comprehensive Executive Budgets

View the 2018-2019 Comprehensive Executive Budget

In accordance with Article V of the Wayne County Charter, attached is Warren C. Evan's recommended two-year Comprehensive Executive Budget (Recommended Budget) for Fiscal Years (FY) FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20. The proposed fiscal year 2018-19 budget totals $1.459 billion, compared to the 2016-17 county budget of $1.47 billion.

Rebuilding the County Infrastructure
While the past three years have been focused on recovery, the years ahead are about rebuilding. We need to rebuild and invest in our talent pool, facilities, and infrastructure.
Talent Pool

The recovery process has been hard. Our employees have felt it every step of the way and deserve better. In this budget, we take measures to invest in our people. Over the past two years, we have made compensation adjustments to Sheriff Deputies, snowplow drivers and mechanics who work in the Roads division of DPS, who were well below the compensation rates of our neighboring Counties. That strategy continues for other hard to recruit positions. We are partnering with buildings trade unions and have added four new apprentice positions in order to attract and recruited skilled trade journeymen.

In the Current year, FY 2018, we provided for 2.5% increases and retention stipends to two of our largest unions, AFSCME and GAA. This was the first general wage increase in over ten years. We anticipated providing a similar increase to the remaining workforce in the upcoming budget but we must be disciplined, strategic and more importantly, equitable in our approach.

Technology

We need to invest in our technology infrastructure. Our communications and desktop platforms are aged, obsolete and in critical need of replacement. We have included in this budget $5 million per year in new funding to strategically modernize technology systems and upgrade "behind the scenes" technology infrastructure/applications that are vital to the operations of the County.

We are in the process of replacing our antiquated financial account general ledger system (JD Edwards) and human resources/payroll system (PeopleSoft) with a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application. This project began in FY 2017, and is expected to be completed within 2 to 3 years. We have included $8.0 million in new funding per year in this budget for the ERP application new software.

Roads
No part of our rebuilding plan is more important to our 43 communities than our roads and bridges. This year's harsh winter exasperated systemic problems of our crumbling road infrastructure. Potholes are everywhere. Emergency funding has been appropriated by the State Legislature, but it is merely a drop in the bucket of what is needed. The County is exploring ways to maximize our funding to make our Roads funding go further and allow us to fix more of our roads and bridges each year.
Criminal Justice Center
With our fiscal house in order, finishing the new Criminal Justice Complex (CJC) was next. After months of negotiations and due diligence, the County Commission approved the agreement with Rock Ventures for a new Criminal Justice Complex (CJC) located in the midtown area east of the Detroit Medical Center. Construction on the CJC is scheduled to begin later this year and be completed within four years. In this budget, we have earmarked $14.5 million each year for debt service to fund the proposed issuance of these bonds to build the CJC.

The proposed budget has been transmitted to the Wayne County Commission for review. The Commission's Committee on Ways & Means will hold a series of hearings on the budget starting Aug. 9. The budget is expected to go to the full Commission in mid-September for approval in advance of the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.

View the 2018-2019 Comprehensive Executive Budget