This posting of the McHenry County Conservation District’s budget backup documents continues with a recitation of reduced spending and increased egficiencies.
This might be considered an affirmative defense against the rumored 5% tax levy cut “request” that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has conveyed to the MCCD.
Franks has the ability to keep the County Board from voting on a proposed budget simply by not putting it on the Board agenda.
Recent Operational Changes Resulting in Reduced Expenditures and Efficiencies
Each year the District begins with a zero-based budget philosophy, where each area and function of the organization is critically examined and evaluated to ensure it is most cost effective and efficient.
This philosophy is standard operating procedure and is how the District has effectively navigated without assuming inflationary growth.
Difficult decisions and cost saving initiatives have been and continue to be made throughout the organization including:
- identification of opportunities for shared services with government and non-government agencies that are cost-neutral or reduce costs
- reduction in workforce
- redistribution of workload among team members
- reduction in overhead costs
- reallocation of resources where they can be most effective and
- purposeful abandonment of programs and processes