Meeting Date: 11/5/2019 Fiscal/FTE Impact: Item Type: Regular-Information None Other Division: County Administration/County Board Current budget
Amendment requested Department: County Administration New FTE(s) requested Contact: Hanson, Nathan Board Goal: Excellence in public service Contact Phone: (651) 438-4926 Public Engagement Level: N/A Prepared by: Hanson, Nathan
SUMMARY The County issued an RFP for federal lobbying services on September 16, 2019. The RFP sought lobbying services for Dakota County with the
primary objectives of identifying federal funding opportunities for two Dakota County capital investment projects and representing the County s interests before Congress and the executive branch to achieve those projects.
Meeting Date: 11/5/2019 Fiscal/FTE Impact: Item Type: Regular-Information None Other Division: Operations, Management and Budget Current budget
Amendment requested Department: Budget Office New FTE(s) requested Contact: Sikorski, Paul Board Goal: A successful place for business and jobs Contact Phone: (651) 438-4612 Public Engagement Level: N/A Prepared by: Cater, Karen
SUMMARY The 2020 recommended budget ensures the County can continue to provide its current services at continued high quality in the face of
increasing cost and demand pressures. In particular, the 2020 recommended budget reflects growth in demand for a variety of County services, much of it provided under some degree of State mandate. The budget prioritizes investments in the infrastructure to ensure that future service delivery needs can continue to be met. It includes minimal growth or expansion of new or discretionary services funded from the property tax levy.
The 2020 budget begins from a strong position established in prior Board decisions and management of County operations. The County maintains high
overall service and satisfaction ratings as reported by residents, the lowest Statewide County property tax per capita in 2019, the lowest tax rate among metro counties, and a long history of sound budget planning and management. An improving economy has allowed the County to recognize additional interest on investments to help offset the impacts of cost increases. The increases in the County s property tax base also helps support this budget and allows the County to increase the levy while still keeping a low tax rate.
The budget also confronts challenges in the form of increasing service demands in human services and public safety. This includes significant growth
in some State-mandated human services programs and the necessity to use State systems with their burdensome and changing requirements. The improving economy has resulted in increased pressure on labor costs. Additionally, the County has seen a tightening labor market, and a higher cost, for highly-skilled employees and contractors. Investments in capital assets, information systems and other infrastructure in past years require ongoing investment in maintenance and other operating expenses.
The 2020 recommended budget and tax levy reflects long-term, disciplined financial and tax levy planning aimed at sustainable low growth in taxes and
the capacity to maintain reliable services. The recommended property tax levy increase of 2.9 percent is expected to maintain Dakota County s tax rate as the lowest among all the metro counties and will increase the County portion of a median home s tax bill by about 10 annually.