Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel has delivered the 2013 budget to the County Commission.
The nearly $250 million does not utilize any of the county "rainy day" fund to balance the budget despite declining property values and state shared revenues.
“I am proud to say that with the cooperation and extra effort of countywide elected officials, department leaders, and county employees, we are able to once again present a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year,” Hackel said in a release.
During the past three years, the county has had to cut and fill gaps in the budget of more than $52 million, according to the county. The proposed budget also includes forecasts for 2014 and 2015.
“This is a remarkable achievement,” Hackel stated in the release. “Especially given the continued drop in property assessments and the reductions in state revenue sharing.”
The county is also one of three counties in Michigan, and one of 67 in the country, to have a AAA bond rating.
“The citizens of Macomb County have the right to be very proud of the new form of government they voted to create in 2009,” Hackel added. “Macomb has built a lot of momentum since that time and this financial plan will continue moving the County in a positive direction.”
The County Commission has three months to approve the budget.
Visit the executive’s website to view the entire budget.