December 12 – Next week will be the final regular session for 2023 for Hagerstown’s Mayor and Council. Tonight will be the final work session.
The meeting today will be at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers at 1 E. Franklin Street in Hagerstown.
The budget will be reviewed this afternoon.
Wes Decker, Communications Officer for the City of Hagerstown, said, “This will be an interesting one. Certainly our Chief Financial Officer, Michelle Hepburn has been saying that this may be one of the more difficult ones in a while and we’ll see how all of that plays out. That’s the business that needs to be taken care of, but not necessarily pretty, not necessarily something that is going to be a good time for anyone, but we’ll see how it all goes here. This is that crucial time as we look forward to 2024.”
Also this afternoon, the fiscal year 2023 annual comprehensive financial report will be heard.
Decker said, “We’ll have Christopher Lehman from SB & Company, who looks at what the city does on a yearly basis, to make sure that everything is being on the up and up as it relates to finances and accounting. The city generally gets a very stellar report coming back from SB & Company and we anticipate that that will be the case again.”
Following that, the fiscal year 2023 general fund surplus allocations will be discussed.
Decker said, “There was $3.3 million in surplus for the city of Hagerstown in FY ‘23. But while that is not a large number, certainly we’re dealing with a surplus there as mentioned. At this time, there is a larger number out there and that is an amount of money that was unassigned, previously about $18.4 million. So there’ll be some recommendations from staff as to where that money should now be allocated. The largest portion of that about $1.7 million ticketed potentially for the city wide software system replacement. We’re going to be getting into some of these things that from the standpoint of talking about the fun and the exciting, it’s going to be a bit mundane with dollar figures attached to a lot of these things over the next several months. A lot of that money can only go into certain places and it can’t go in other places. So if it’s in the general fund, it must stay within the general fund and so on and so forth. So there are a lot of limitations as far as that’s concerned. Certainly there are needs for that money. Some of that would go to the Hagerstown Fieldhouse, potentially.”
The non-profit funding recommendations for ARPA money will also be updated.
Decker said, “There had been 57 applications that had come in. There were three more that were discovered and one of those three actually met all of the area to be funded. That’s the mental health center. So there’ll be a discussion about adding the mental health center to that funding as far as the nonprofits are concerned. They scored 16th out of 19. So again, they would be in the upper echelon there and would be eligible for funding and that money would be available through some other ARPA funding and could be moved over in order to make sure that they are funded, too.”
The work session can be attended in person or viewed on the city’s YouTube Channel or Facebook page. For this afternoon’s agenda, click here: https://hagerstown.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=1240&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda