In Gettysburg-like Address, Baker cautions County Council on reactive spending

Posted January 9, 2013 8:55 pm | Filed under Local News

York County Council’s two-day budget workshop wrapped up Wednesday night, with five returning and two new councilmen getting their frist glimpse of York County’s budget projections for the next fiscal year.

Following Tuesday’s passionate plea from York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant and 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett to immediately expand the Moss Justice Center, outgoing County Manager Jim Baker cautioned council to make decisions on capital projects with objective, hard data — but recognizes that is not always easy.

Baker says one way to guide the seven elected officials is to iron out a long-term facilities plan that is partially complete.

Baker said continued progress on the county’s long-range facilities plans may help curb immediate space issues like that at the Moss Justice Center.  Baker’s last day with the county is Friday and says he is pleased to leave the county in such good fiscal shape.

In documents produced Wednesday, the county’s reserve funds are expected to top 50 percent of expenditures next year. Baker says a three-year effort to get the budget back in order appears to now be paying off.

Baker says it appears the county may run a surplus this year as the county concludes a three-year effort to bounce back from the recession.