Wednesday, May 05, 2010
(Monticello) – Legislature Chairman Jonathan F. Rouis announced that the County Legislature will commence a review of the County’s Strategic Plan, during Legislative Committee meetings on Thursday, May 6, 2010, and Thursday, May 13, 2010. The County’s Strategic Plan will set the budget and programmatic priorities for 2011 and 2012.
“The Legislative Committees will receive presentations from the Division Commissioners and Department Heads, during the regularly scheduled May meetings,” said Rouis. “This process will begin the opportunity for the Legislature to formulate the foundation upon which the County’s budget will be developed,” added Rouis.
The County Manager, David P. Fanslau, submitted his recommendations, along with the requests of the Division Commissioners, Elected Officers, and Department Heads to the Clerk of the County Legislature on April 1, 2010. The Sullivan County Charter requires that the County Manager submit recommendations by April 1st, bi-annually. Thereafter, the County Legislature must adopt a two-year strategic plan by June 30, 2010.
The Strategic Plan requirement was added to the County Charter as part of the fiscal improvements recommended by the County Manager in 2007. The Strategic Plan sets the foundation of the County budget process, followed by the six-year Capital Plan as amended, and finalized with the tentative budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The Strategic Plan provides the intent and priorities of the County Legislature to the County Manager, as he develops the tentative budget.
“The prolonged national Great Recession will require that the Strategic Plan incorporates initiatives to avoid costs wherever possible,” said Rouis. There will be a desire to build upon the successful cost avoidance that the County has experienced through the implementation of the Multi-Functional Devices that replaced more than 300 stand alone office machines, and the cost avoidance by transforming the telephone system to a more cost-effective approach,” said Rouis.
“The County Government must continue to review every idea, and develop approaches to reduce the cost of providing the services that the citizenry has come to expect,” concluded Rouis.
For more information about this press release, please contact David Fanslau, County Manager, at 845-807-0450.