Franklin Co. ends 2010 with surplus

April 21, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County closed the books on 2010 with a surplus of more than $2 million, county commissioners learned Thursday.

Franklin County Fiscal Director Teresa Beckner shared the news with commissioners during a meeting Thursday morning.

The surplus came as a result of county “belt-tightening,” better-than-anticipated revenues and reduced expenses, according to a news release.

“It was the goal of management to save 5 percent of the general fund budget for 2010. With sound direction from the board of commissioners, and the efforts of managers and all county employees, this goal was achieved,” County Administrator John Hart said in the release.

The commissioners decided late last year they will not build a new courthouse as planned. Instead, they decided to renovate existing courthouse space and recently purchased properties adjacent to the existing courthouse complex.

While the preliminary architectural plans for the renovations will not be presented until April 26, Hart told the commissioners he anticipates the 2010 budget savings will cover the expense of the renovations.  

The commissioners said the operational savings were a result of several factors.

An energy-savings program that started in 2009 led to less usage and no increase in costs in 2010, the release said.

Other initiatives included an insurance consortium, rewritten job descriptions and postponed hiring, and a reduction in supplies.

Revenue enhancement was the result of more taxes being collected than anticipated as well as an increase in the tax base, increased Clerk of Court fees, resumption of state support for district attorney expenses and better-than-anticipated state reimbursement for the 911 center, according to the release.

Revenues also were higher than expected at the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the jail,  the release said.

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