This comes from a report submitted to the Management Services Committee of the McHenry County Board:
McHenry County participated in a Multi-County Benchmark comparison to assess the performance of departments and operations. Seven Illinois counties participated in the study, including
- St. Clair
Bellwether LLC compared the counties using publicly available information for the purposes on illuminating commonalities and differences across participating
Here are the following highlights of McHenry County successes:
- Department of Health: Lowest cost per capita of the counties while providing the second most Food Service Inspections (5,512), and the most Well and Waste Water Inspections (2,175).
- Coroner: Of the five counties that provided information, McHenry County’s number of Autopsies (99) is the lowest by a substantial amount. Total Investigations (1,602) ranks fourth, only more than McLean
- Facilities: McHenry County is the only county that does not dedicate staff to landscaping. Eighty percent (80%) of time is dedicated to general maintenance, providing core services to County buildings.
- County Auditor: Offers more services than all but one county, including expenditure and revenue budget preparation, and financial accounting and reporting. The only service McHenry County does not offer that is offered by the other three large counties (Madison, St. Clair and Will) is OMB A-133 Preparation, Support External Audits.
- Information Technology: The IT Dept. serves 1,670 total PC’s, only second to Will County. There is a large difference in services to mobile devices, but the total is relatively average compared to other counties that participated in the study.
- The Veterans Assistance Commission serves by far the most veterans each year (4,609), over 1,600 more than the second highest county.
Here are the following improvements that McHenry County has addressed to correct inefficiencies:
- Highway Transportation paid by far the most per mile/total for road salt treatment in 2014. Due to bulk purchasing, however, the cost will drop more than 30% in 2015.
- Planning and Development did not receive any new commercial construction permits. However, the number is expected to increase after reducing commercial permit fees and increasing permit application efficiency.
Here are the following changes to expect from McHenry County in the future to improve efficiencies:
- Out of the seven counties that participated in the study, the McHenry County Probation Department is the lowest per capita. As reforms to the department are implemented, we expect the expense budget to increase. The Department is working with Court Services to reduce the rate of incarceration among low-risk drug offenders who will require additional probationary services. Reforms will be particularly prevalent among juvenile offenders.
Coroner: Not only does the Coroner have the lowest per capita budget but additional savings will be realized next year due to reductions in overtime and changes to staff to improve efficiency.
- Work with Management Services and entire County Board
- Explore additional opportunities to measure McHenry County performance both internally and externally
1) Continue Bellwether measurement relationship
2) Examine ICMA [Internationanal City/County Managers Association] Insight
- Consider combining Bellwether measurements and budget performance measurement into a single management and communication document