FY 2019 & FY 2020 Comprehensive Executive Budgets
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.
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.
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.
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.