We are currently in a state of financial normalcy. Our staffing will remain flat with small targeted increases and no layoffs and no expansion. Staffing will only be effected by state income streams. The general fund gap is lower than during the recession but higher than last year.
Revenues have stabilized. Sales tax is still growing slowly at about 3% per year. Property taxes are maintaining their historical average. The State budget has increasing uncertainty. These one-time revenues will allow us to do three things: grow fund balance in anticipation of the next recession, pay down a safety pension liability therefore reducing unfunded liability, and begin the first steps for building a new corporation yard.
Threats and challenges remain. Pension liabilities and costs will continue to rise for years. The Federal government actions create a lot of uncertainty. The economy is beginning the 8th year of a slow recovery. The following year may be the last normal year before recession.