Lancaster prepares for budget season

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—Six months into the fiscal year, plans are already underway in Lancaster County as staff and supervisors begin the process of developing a budget for fiscal year 2024, which begins July 1. On January 26, the board of supervisors reviewed last year’s audit, this year’s budget and approved a calendar, calling for budget adoption by the end of May.

Current budget review

County administrator Don Gill reviewed the fiscal year 2023 budget, pointing out the audited beginning balance of $8,404,450 is $1,299,305 more than originally projected. At the halfway mark, Gill said the county has “collected 70% of anticipated revenue and spent 47% of approved expenditures.”

The operating budget includes revenues of $37,162,491, with total funds of $45,566,941. Expenditures total $38,214,336 with an ending balance of $7,352,605.

Budget calendar

The board approved a budget calendar setting a goal for adopting the fiscal year 2024 budget at the May 25 meeting. To accomplish this, the board will hold a joint work session with the school board….

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