Livonia City Hall to host County Commission budget deliberation

The Wayne County Commission’s Committee on Ways and Means will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday in which it will discuss proposed budgets for seven departments. The meeting will be held at Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive.

The departments that will be part of the hearing will be Wayne County Circuit Court, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Personnel Department, the Department of Children & Family Services and the Department of Public Services, which includes the Parks, Engineering (Roads), Building and Environmental divisions.

“This will be the biggest of the budget meetings that are held this year, and it’s a great opportunity for the public to see what’s happening and learn about the services offered by Wayne County,” said Commissioner and Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Laura Cox (R-Livonia). “This is an important time in the history of Wayne County, and it’s critical that each department be held accountable for its budget.”

The hearings began July 23 and are expected to continue through Aug. 19. The commission is expected to vote on adopting the budget Aug. 21. The budget schedule and agendas can be accessed online by going to www.waynecounty.com/commission/717.htm.

The 2014-15 fiscal year budget is projected to be nearly $1.15 billion, a decrease of nearly $77 million from 2013-14. The 2015-16 budget, which the Ways and Means Committee also is discussing, is projected to be just over $1.12 billion.

The 2014-15 fiscal year will start Oct. 1.

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