As Sarasota County begins its budget discussions for the 2010 fiscal year, County Administrator Jim Ley issued a warning.
“We can’t continue funding shortfalls with additional funds in the coming years, without an increase in revenue or a reduction in expenses,” said Ley.
With estimated 2010 expenditures of $262 million and revenues of $227 million, the county will once again use additional funds, such as fuel savings and lower-than-estimated spending in 2009, to offset the expected $35 million shortfall.
Ley expects the next several years to also have expenditures higher than revenue.
“The expectation that service levels can be maintained is not a realistic expectation,” he said. “Service levels will need to be redefined or additional revenues will need to be developed.”
Nine county departments are presenting a lower budget than last year. Eleven have higher budgets. Five departments have budgets that are flat or changed by less than $1,000.
The $981 million budget is $114 million less than this year’s budget, but the county will rely on more efficiently operating each of its departments instead of more layoffs to achieve those savings.
FY2010 county budget details
Department FY'10 FY'09
Mobility operations $16,801,386 $19,254,507
Public transit $24,455,578 $23,706,454
Capital management services $7,127,809 $7,127,809
Health and human services $23,353,481 $24,737,650
Planning and development $40,608,947 $33,265,056
Libraries $11,590,545 $11,590,179
UF/IFAS extension $1,038,747 $1,112,827
History center $468,856 $468,925
Parks and recreation $19,516,065 $19,267,566
Emergency management $1,790,119 $1,785,621
Fire services $34,480,113 $33,864,213
EMS $38,652,099 $37,083,288
Public safety communications $4,287,031 $5,005,068
Lifeguards $2,362,828 $2,362,723
Facilities services $7,915,233 $8,046,352
and custodial services $6,651,880 $6,842,437
Horticulture services $6,950,929 $6,987,234
and maintenance field services $18,978,533 $21,952,169
Fleet services $26,900,948 $26,900,948
Stormwater $18,148,361 $18,004,886
Utilities $92,519,349 $97,369,211
Water resources $1,060,149 $1,450,401
Solid waste $42,303,445 $44,748,809
Natural resources $12,807,479 $10,155,126
Human resources $2,994,510 $3,112,529
Strategy management services $169,502 $376,492
technology $16,313,910 $16,886,562
Financial planning $54,103,777 $52,818,105
Communications $3,940,490 $3,850,317
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