Greetings from Commissioner BashamDear Resident:
Thank you for taking the time to read my 2016 Summer Newsletter.
This newsletter is intended to provide an update on Wayne County issues and my work on your behalf as a member of the Wayne County Commission.
Over the last year, we have worked hard to continue to confront the challenges facing Wayne County. As the Chair of the Wayne County Commission's Audit Committee, I have been pleased to work with our Auditor General, her staff and my colleagues on the committee. The combined efforts have resulted in substantial savings and efficiencies in county government, including $4.6 million in savings in 2015 alone.
One of the greatest challenges on which much progress has been made over the last year is in dealing with Wayne County's budget deficits. At the end of fiscal year 2014, Wayne County had a $74 million accumulated deficit. In our most recent audit, Wayne County now has a $5.4 million fund balance, mainly due to several transfers from the county's Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.
Many challenges still remain for our county, including an unfinished jail project and an underfunded pension system. While many ofthese problems were caused by decisions made prior to my arrival on the Wayne County Commission, I am committed to working with stakeholders to find solutions to these issues.
Lastly, one of the most important issues to me in restoring Wayne County is ensuring that the county does business in an open and honest manner. While much progress has been made in making Wayne County more transparent and accountable, we must continue to do more. The residents of Wayne County deserve nothing less.
Again, I appreciate you taking the time to read this newsletter. I am proud to represent the 14th Commission District, which includes the communities of Brownstown, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Taylor and
Woodhaven. If I can ever be assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Raymond E. Basham
Wayne County Commissioner - District 14