To the Honorable Commissioners:
Included for your review and approval is the recommended budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 (FY24). The County’s budget cycle begins in the fall each year with the adoption of the Budget Calendar by the Board of Commissioners. A meeting is held with department heads in early November to discuss the budget process and expectations. The Budget Calendar establishes timelines for delivery of goals and objectives for each department, as well as requests for technology, capital, personnel, and an annual operating budget. At the end of January, the Budget Team meets with each department to discuss their budget request for the next fiscal year. This year, the Budget Team included William Fallon, County Manager, Tamara Munson, CFO, Judy Dunnagan, Finance Director and Telisha James, Budget Manager.
Fiscal year 2023 was a productive year for Glynn County with Mr. Fallon starting the year as Glynn County’s new County Manager. The last year brought many changes including a county-wide reorganization, updated personnel policy, enhanced pay plan, two new Commissioners, new Department Heads, retirements of long-time employees and several technological enhancements throughout the County. As we progress forward into fiscal year 2024, we continue to strive for excellence in all we do. The FY24 budget focuses on enhancements to our technological abilities, customer service and efficiency through new software programs designed to provide improved transparency and conveniences for our citizens and improved processes for our employees. Additionally, we have placed a strong emphasis on upgraded technology for our public safety officers to enable them to continue to do the important work they do in our community and make a positive difference in the lives of our citizens. With tourism remaining strong over the past several years, our tax revenues have been steady. That, combined with sound fiscal management policies, has enabled us to make continued strides to keep Glynn County on a positive financial path for the future.
The proposed FY24 budget includes a 4% cost of living adjustment for County employees, tuition reimbursement for employee education, and career track advancements to retain high performing staff. Funding has also been allocated to continue our recruitment and retention efforts in the Police Department.
The proposed budget includes several major capital improvements throughout the County, including six significant drainage improvement projects funded with American Rescue Plan Act funding, as well as continued work on the joint City/County College Park Drainage Project, for which we secured a $10M grant. A joint project between the County & the CVB to improve Coast Guard Beach Park is included in this year’s budget, along with the building of the new Juvenile Services Center and the Frederica-Sea Island Road intersection improvement project.
I wish to express my appreciation to the elected officials, appointed officials, and department heads who submitted a responsible budget request for FY24. I would also like to thank the budget team as they worked to achieve a balanced budget. As always, the Budget Team stands committed to helping you understand the proposed budget as you move towards adoption by June 30, 2023.
Tamara H. Munson, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
May 9, 2023