Budgets

The proposed 2015 Hennepin County budget totals $1,802,803,463 an increase of 0.27 percent or $4.9 million from the 2014 adjusted budget.

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Where the money comes from

Property tax revenue

Property tax revenue makes up $663.8 million, or 37.3 percent, of the 2014 budgeted revenue. Property taxes for 2014 increased by approximately $7.6 million or 1.2 percent.

For the third year in a row, suburban Hennepin County saw a decline in value for residential and commercial / industrial properties, whereas Minneapolis saw an increase in value for residential properties for the first time in three years. City of Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County residential and commercial / industrial property represents 92.0 percent of all property in the county.

If you are looking for information regarding your own personal property or property taxes, please see our property information search page.

Federal revenue

The 2014 expected federal revenue is $176.2 million, or 9.9 percent of all county revenues. This is an increase of 9.0 percent ($14.5 million) from the 2013 adjusted budget.

The majority of the increase falls within the capital improvements program. The Franklin Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River and to improve the safety and capacity of Shady Oak Road (County State-Aid Highway 61).

State revenue

The revenues from the State of Minnesota are budgeted at $216.6 million, or 12.2 percent of all county revenues, which excludes health maintenance organization fees from state sources.

In general, state monies are used to fund activities and services for the following:

  • Human service programs, financial assistance along with training and employment programs ($61.9 million)
  • Highway construction and maintenance projects ($61.8 million)
  • Health service programs and intergovernmental transfers between the county, Hennepin County Medical Center, and Department of Human Service ($18.6 million)
  • Correctional subsidy to assist with correctional services and programs ($18.6 million)
  • Partial expense reimbursement in the Public Defender's Office ($8.4 million)
  • Pension subsidy for peace officers ($2.5 million)

Typically, state funding is based on criteria such as caseloads, statewide funding formulas, approved plans, and particular service requirements.

Fees and services revenue

Total revenues generated from fees charged for services are estimated at $378.8 million, or 21.0 percent of all county revenues.

User fees are established charges borne by those individuals that utilize specific government services and activities. This source of revenue provides an equitable, proportional method to fund governmental services without charging the general population.

Hennepin County provides a wide range of services for which fees are charged. The most significant portion of this revenue ($244.1 million, or 65.3 percent of all fees and services) is generated by reimbursement / payment from third party payers and state and federal reimbursement for patient fees and services provided by Hennepin Health, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, and Metropolitan Health Plan.

Other significant portions of this revenue come from the human services program ($42.7 million), the solid waste program ($50.7 million), and the public safety program ($18.3 million).

Minnesota Statute 383B.118 authorizes counties to establish a fee or charge for a service, after holding a public hearing, based upon the costs of providing such services.

Other revenue

A wide variety of other revenues totaling $348.7 million make up 19.6 percent of total revenue in 2014.

Other revenue includes miscellaneous taxes, intergovernmental (i.e., participation of municipalities in county road and bridge projects), interest income, bond proceeds, building rental, fines, driver's licenses, vital records (e.g., birth and death certificates), and local revenue.

Where the money goes: public works

The public works program budget for 2014 is $186.2 million, or 10.5 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 11.4 percent from the 2013 adjusted budget.

The county's role

Public works strives to ensure the environment is enhanced and preserved for the future; neighborhoods are strong and vibrant with quality affordable housing; economic opportunities and transit to support a self-sufficient population; the best transportation network to move people and goods; energy is used responsibly and the sources are dependable; residents and communities are involved in planning and assessment of services and in identification of issues and outcomes.

The public works budget is composed of:

  • Public Works Administration
  • Strategic Planning and Resources
  • Housing, Community Works and Transit
  • Public Works Management Support
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Services
  • Glen Lake Golf Course

The Solid Waste Enterprise Fund, the Central Mobile Equipment Fund, the Energy Center Fund and the Golf Course Fund are managed by public works.

Budget highlights

Department/Program 2014 Budget
(% of public works total)
Public Works Administration $2,471,946 (1%)
Environmental Services
$59,824,776 (32%)
Glen Lake Golf Course
$1,030,465 (less than 1%)
Housing, Community Works and Transit  $22,758,678 (12%)
Public Works Management Support
$2,929,145 (2%)
Property Services $50,510,353 (27%)
Strategic Planning and Resources $3,121,074 (2%)
Transportation
$43,599,704 (23%)

Where the money goes: public safety

The public safety program budget for 2014 is $263.4 million, or 14.8 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 3.1 percent ($8.0 million) from the 2013 adjusted budget.

The county's role

Hennepin County is committed to ensuring that people are safe from harm through prevention, early intervention and treatment services, and through enhanced public safety.

The Public Safety program includes the county's activities in law enforcement, criminal prosecution, legal counsel for the indigent, corrections programs, and provides legal reference information to attorneys and citizens of the county. The county departments contributing to this major program are the County Attorney's Office, County Court Functions, Law Library, Public Defender, Sheriff's Office, Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Sheriff's Radio Communications.

The public safety budget is composed of:

  • County Attorney's Office
  • County Court Functions
  • Law Library
  • Public Defender
  • Sheriff's Office
  • Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation

The Sheriff's Radio Communications Fund is also managed by public safety.

Budget highlights

Department/Program 2014 Budget
(% of Public Safety Total)
County Attorney's Office $45,107,676 (17%)
County Court Functions $2,192,000 (1%)
Public Defender's Office $15,929,587 (6%)
Sheriff's Office $91,899,764 (35%)
Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation $105,643,305 (40%)
Radio Communications Fund $2,667,227 (1%)

Where the money goes: health

The health program budget for 2014 is $319.2 million, or 17.9 percent of the total county budget, which is 7.9 percent lower than the comparable 2013 budget.

The county's role

Hennepin County is committed to ensuring that people are healthy, have access to quality health care and live in a clean environment.

To enhance the health of residents, the county operates NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, which offers medical, dental and behavioral health care to residents in North Minneapolis; the Metropolitan Health Plan, a licensed health maintenance organization; and the Medical Examiner's Office, where doctors trained in forensics perform autopsies.

The health budget is composed of:

  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
  • Metropolitan Health Plan
  • Medical Examiner
  • Hennepin Health
  • HCMC Intergovernmental Transfers

Hennepin County also covers uncompensated care at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Budget highlights

Department/Program 2014 Budget
(% of Health total)
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center $29,710,636 (9%)
Metropolitan Health Plan $92,236,532 (29%)
Hennepin Health $129,763,172 (41%)
Medical Examiner $5,473,431 (1%)
Uncompensated Care $22,000,000 (7%)
HCMC Intergovernmental Transfers $39,984,500 (13%)

Where the money goes: libraries

The library's budget for 2014 is $74.4 million, or 3.7 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 3.7 percent ($2.6 million) over the 2013 adjusted budget.

The county's role

Libraries are composed of two departments that provide library services to Hennepin County citizens: the Hennepin County Libraries and the Law Library.

Services are provided in 41 physical libraries, through its public homepage and its outreach services. Hennepin County Library facilities are now open for business nearly 1,900 hours each week in addition to 24/7 service to patrons through its online presence.

The library's collection contains five million items including print and downloadable books, movies and music, digital resources and materials in more than forty languages.

Over 200,000 adults, teens and children attended events and classes at libraries and 21.5 million visits were made to the library's website.

The Law Library, which prior to 2014 was included as part of the Public Safety and Judiciary program, provides legal information services pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 134A to the judges, government officials, practicing attorneys and citizens from a location within the Hennepin County Government Center.

Where the money goes: human services

The human services program budget for 2014 is $473.3 million, or 26.6 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 2.9 percent ($13.4 million) from the 2013 adjusted budget.

The county's role

The Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) consists of a number of focused but flexible service areas, common internal support systems and cross-department integrated initiatives all working together to build better lives and stronger communities for the individuals, families and communities of Hennepin County.

To meet the mission, the department's focus is on four goals:

  1. Protect children and vulnerable adults
  2. Support communities and families in raising children who develop to their fullest potential
  3. Assure that all people's basic needs are met
  4. Build self-reliant communities and individuals

Where the money goes: general government

The general government program budget for 2014 (excluding debt retirement and Twins ballpark sales tax revenue programs) is $114.2 million, or 15.8 percent of the total county budget, a decrease of 3.3 percent ($3.9 million) from the 2013 adjusted budget.

The county's role

The general government program encompasses the policy making, administrative support and staff services necessary for the efficient and effective management of county programs. The Board of Commissioners, as the elected governing body of the county, establishes policies and programs, approves the annual budget, and appoints key officials.

The County Administrator is responsible for advising the County Board and implementing approved policies and programs. The general government departments include activities in the county revenue fund, the debt retirement fund and internal services funds.

The General Government budget is composed of:

  • Commissioners
  • County Administration
  • County Assessor
  • Budget and Finance
  • Research, Planning and Development
  • Information Technology
  • Property Services
  • Taxpayer Services
  • Human Resources
  • Public Affairs
  • Internal Audit
  • Examiner of Titles
  • Computer Forensics Unit
  • General County Purposes
  • Debt retirement
  • Ballpark sales tax revenue programs
  • Employee health plan self insurance
  • Self insurance fund

The county revenue fund, debt retirement fund, and internal service funds are managed by general government departments.

Budget highlights

Department/Program 2014 Budget
(% of General Government total)
Commissioners $2,829,409 (1%)
County Administration $3,166,257 (1%)
Budget and Finance $14,265,325 (5%) 
Research, Planning and Development  $2,551,842 (1%) 
Information Technology
Excludes internal service funds
$8,416,714 (3%)
Taxpayer Services $33,540,866 (12%)
County Assessor $4,687,804 (2%)
Examiner of Titles  $1,080,848 (less than 1%)
Human Resources  $7,340,763 (3%)
Public Affairs  $2,238,130 (1%)
Internal Audit  $3,307,066 (1%)
General county purposes $30,812,298 (11%)
Debt retirement $129,453,518 (46%)
Ballpark sales tax revenue programs $37,493,200 (13%)

* Percentage total does not equal 100 percent because of rounding.

Where the money goes: capital improvements

The capital improvements program budget for 2014 (less debt retirement, which is discussed in the debt retirement section of general government) is $181.0 million, or 10.2 percent of the total county budget, a decrease of 1.8 percent ($3.2 million) from the 2013 adjusted budget. 

Specific capital project budgets and detail about revenue sources can be found in:

The county's role

Capital improvement expenditures fund the construction and maintenance of county facilities and the county's transportation infrastructure. Hennepin County has more than 2,200 lane-miles of county roads and 146 bridges which are built, maintained, plowed, and patched by the county.

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