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Bucks County Releases Preliminary 2018 Operating Budget

November 15, 2017

The Board of Bucks County Commissioners Charles H. Martin, chairman, Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, today authorized Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler and Director of Finance and Administration David Boscola to present the County’s preliminary operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The announcement took place in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room of the Bucks County Administration Building in Doylestown. The proposed 2018 budget of $426 million represents a 2.8 percent increase compared to 2017. According to Mr. Boscola, the preliminary budget draft remains a work-in-progress, which will include ongoing scrutiny and input from the Board of Commissioners, administration, courts and row offices.

“We knew the 2018 budget cycle would be the most challenging since 2012, a year when the County faced a preliminary deficit of $24 million,” Mr. Boscola stated. “We continue to try and close the gap between revenues and increasing expenditures.”

Bucks County is projected to carry forward a general fund balance of $39.6 million into 2018. The County continues to hold a AAA bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s, a rating that benefits taxpayers through lower borrowing costs on current and future bond issues.

As has been the case with previous budgets, the County’s Health and Housing & Human Services divisions account for the largest portion of the proposed 2018 operating budget, or 48 percent ($262.1 million). Departments dedicated to providing public safety account for 28 percent ($156.4 million) of the total.

Over the next three weeks, the Board of Commissioners will carefully analyze the proposed 2018 budget. That process will include a public budget meeting, during which any interested member of the public will be able to ask questions and offer input about the budget’s content. The public budget meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 29 at 5 p.m., in the Bucks County Administration Building Commissioners’ Meeting Room. The 2018 budget is slated for final consideration and adoption on Wednesday, December 6, at 10 a.m. during the Commissioners’ Meeting in the Bucks County Administration Building (55 E. Court St., first floor, Doylestown).

The 2018 budget includes provisions for departments serving Bucks County residents such as Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Behavioral Health, Board of Elections, Children & Youth Social Services Agency, Corrections, Emergency Services, General Services, Health and Emergency Health, Mental Health/Developmental Programs (MH/DP), Parks and Recreation and Veterans Affairs, among others. The budget also provides for courts and nine elected row offices, including the Clerk of Courts, Controller, Coroner, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Sheriff and Treasurer.

To view the 2018 preliminary operating budget, please visit www.BucksCounty.org and click on the budget link on the home page. Stay tuned to the official county website for comprehensive updates about the budget process.