In addition to that increase in communication, Yohn also pointed to what he felt was a strong spirit of cooperation from county department heads and local elected officials when it came time to craft the 2014 budget.
“The council is getting good cooperation from department heads and elected officials as they prepare their individual budgets,” Yohn said. “While that is good news, it makes it very hard to trim excess from their budget requests as we look to reduce spending to match our income.”
For his part, Commissioner Rodino took a similar stance when looking back on the year from the perspective of the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners.
“We fought the cash shortage, our departments got meaner and leaner and the county moved on,” Rodino said of the year. “We have some great department heads that get the big picture and we are thankful for them. We did not cut employees or departments, nor do we feel we lowered the quality of services received.”
When asked to highlight some of the biggest achievements to come out of 2013, Foutz pointed to the recent completion of a five year technology improvement campaign for the county and completion of the newest section of C.R. 17 as some of the brightest gems.
“The county is at the end of a five year technology improvement campaign that has substantially improved the way county government does business,” Foutz said. “These technology upgrades have resulted in greater worker efficiency, better service for residents of the county, and cost savings. Also, this has been a good year for highway improvements. Spring saw the opening of the newest section of C.R. 17 and brought us closer to the goal of a cross county expressway that will improve driving by residents and enhance commerce.”
Jumping forward to 2014, Foutz pointed to a lack of sufficient revenue as likely the biggest issue to face the county in the coming year.