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Posted on: December 27, 2023

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Approve 2024 – 2027 Quadrennial Budget

Board Approves 2024 - 2027 Quadrennial Budget

During the final meeting of 2023, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the 2024 – 2027 Quadrennial Budget. Spanning four years, the approved annual budgets prioritize good government practices and are balanced to ensure financial responsibility. Health and Human Services is the most significant expense category, aligning with Commissioner priorities for expanded safety net services within the County. This approval concludes yearlong budget discussions during Working Sessions and Board Meetings.  

“This budget represents the priorities of our organization and of our community,” said Justin Hodge, Chair of the Board of Commissioners. “The investments outlined in this budget are a testament to our dedication to prioritizing what matters most to Washtenaw County residents. I am grateful to Administrator Greg Dill and County Staff for their tireless work to ensure we have a strategic, balanced budget that will create positive, lasting growth and progress.”  

The budget included an amendment package championed by Commissioner Justin Hodge. The amendment package added additional funding in vital areas of need such as food stability, housing access, youth services, and climate change. Below you will find a short summary of the additional investments: 

Food Stability 

This allocation will provide funding for each year from 2024 - 2027 to address food instability in Washtenaw County through Food Gatherers, given their role as the designated food bank for the County. Food Gatherers supports a wide network of partner programs and direct service providers across the County.   

Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC) 

This structural allocation will provide additional funding for staffing to HAWC, which serves as Washtenaw County’s central intake system for individuals and families who are homeless or facing housing insecurity... Addressing the housing and homelessness crisis in Washtenaw County has been the top priority of the Board this year. This structural allocation adds to the $2.43M investment in housing passed on November 1st. 

Washtenaw County Resiliency Office 

This structural allocation will create two full-time, staff positions to establish the Washtenaw County Resiliency Office. This office will be responsible for leading the overall implementation and performance of Resilient Washtenaw, the County’s Climate Action Plan. Resilient Washtenaw was unanimously adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2022.  

Youth Support Services 

This funding will support a broad range of youth services throughout Washtenaw County in the form of a yearly RFP process. 

“My team is proud to deliver another balanced quadrennial budget to the Board of Commissioners.”, said Gregory Dill, County Administrator, “This budget represents investment into our priorities and ensures that our service delivery continues at the level that our residents expect and deserve. It provides the resources ensure competitive compensation for our hard-working staff.  Lastly, this budget is a culmination of the work of our Chief Financial Officer, Tina Gavalier and her team, our Executive Leadership Team, and all the departments that work every day to ensure the continuity of county government.”  

The Washtenaw County Administration and Board of Commissioners are committed to diligently serving the needs of our every corner of this community through a transparent budget process. Quarterly updates to each annual budget are presented at Board of Commissioners meetings throughout the year.