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Where the money comes from 2015

Property tax revenues

Property tax revenue makes up $679.5 million, or 37.4 percent, of the 2015 budgeted revenue. Budgeted property tax revenue for 2015 increased by $15.6 million or 2.4 percent.

Residential values in suburban Hennepin rose 8.9 percent after decreasing for the past three years. The City of Minneapolis saw an increase in value for residential properties of about 8.7 percent, compared to an increase of just 0.6 percent from taxes payable 2014. Residential properties comprise 70.5 percent of all property value in the county.

Suburban properties account for 72.9 percent of Hennepin County’s estimated market value with the remaining 27.1 percent in the City of Minneapolis. Residential property accounts for the majority of the property value in both Minneapolis (64.4 percent) and suburban Hennepin County (72.8 percent).

Federal revenues

The 2015 budgeted federal revenue is $171.4 million or 9.4 percent of all county revenues and represents a decrease of 3.5 percent or $6.2 million from the 2014 adjusted budget. Of the $171.4 million in anticipated federal revenue, $147.9 million or 86.3 percent stems from the Human Services program.

State revenues

The revenues from the State of Minnesota are budgeted at $256.8 million, or 14.1 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 like community health, financial assistance, along with training and employment programs ($65.8 million)
  • Highway construction and maintenance projects ($93.9 million)
  • Intergovernmental transfers between the county, Hennepin County Medical Center, and Department of Human Service ($19.4 million)
  • Correctional subsidy to assist with correctional services and programs ($18.7 million)
  • Partial expense reimbursement in the Public Defender’s Office ($8.5 million)
  • Pension subsidy for peace officers ($2.8 million)

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

Fees and services 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.

In 2015, the total revenues generated from fees charged for services are estimated at $316.9 million, represent 17.4 percent of the total county revenue budget.

Hennepin County provides a wide range of services for which fees are charged. The most significant portion of this revenue ($170.8 million, or 53.9 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 NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Hennepin Health, and Metropolitan Health Plan.

Other significant portions of this revenue come from Human Services program ($45.2 million), the Solid Waste program ($51.5 million) and the Public Safety program ($18.9 million).

Minnesota Statutes 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 revenues

A wide variety of revenues totaling $166.0 million make up 9.1 percent of total revenue in 2015.

Other revenue includes book fines, building rental, investment income, parking revenue, fines, health and driver licenses, vital records (e.g. birth and death certificates) and local revenue.

Where the money goes 2015: public works

The public works program budget for 2015 is $193 million, or 10.6 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 3.7 percent from the 2014 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:

  • Administration
  • Community Works
  • Environment and Energy
  • Facility Services
  • Management Support
  • Planning, Policy and Land Management
  • Transportation
  • 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 2015 Budget
(% of public works total)
Administration $2,927,046 (2%)
Community Works $21,334,506 (11%)
Environment and Energy $62,824,786 (33%)
Facility Services $53,145,779 (28%)
Management Support $3,264,419 (2%)
Planning, Policy and Land Management $3,157,122 (2%)
Transportation $45,314,792 (23%)
Glen Lake Golf Course $1,050,894 (less than 1%)

Where the money goes 2015: public safety

The public safety program budget for 2015 is $271.6 million, or 14.9 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 3.1 percent ($8.1 million) from the 2014 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 and correctional programs. The county departments contributing to this major program are the County Attorney's Office, Court Functions, Public Defender's Office, 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
  • Court Functions
  • Public Defender's Office
  • Sheriff's Office
  • Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Sheriff's Radio Communications

Budget highlights

Department/Program 2015 Budget
(% of public safety total)
County Attorney's Office $46,841,906 (17%)
Court Functions $2,192,000 (1%)
Public Defender's Office $16,016,754 (6%)
Sheriff's Office $94,887,942 (35%)
Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation $108,607,846 (40%)
Sheriff's Radio Communications $3,087,073 (1%)

Where the money goes 2015: health

The health program budget for 2015 is $258.4 million, or 14.2 percent of the total county budget, which is 19 percent lower than the comparable 2014 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
  • Hennepin Health
  • Health Administration
  • Medical Examiner
  • HCMC Intergovernmental Transfers

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

Budget highlights

Department/Program 2015 Budget
(% of health total)
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center $33,232,298 (13%)
Metropolitan Health Plan $52,909,918 (20%)
Hennepin Health $106,616,979 (41%)
Health Administration $447,883 (less than 1%)
Medical Examiner $5,721,216 (2%)
Uncompensated Care $18,500,000 (7%)
HCMC Intergovernmental Transfers $40,983,700 (16%)

Where the money goes 2015: libraries

The library's budget for 2015 is $77.8 million, or 4.3 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 4.5 percent ($3.3 million) over the 2014 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 2015: human services

The human services program budget for 2015 is $499.5 million, or 27.5 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 5.1 percent ($24.4 million) from the 2014 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 2015: operations

The operations program budget for 2015 (excluding debt retirement and Twins ballpark sales tax revenue programs) is $121.4 million, or 6.7 percent of the total county budget, an increase of 6.3 percent ($7.2 million) from the 2014 adjusted budget.

The county's role

The operations 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 operations departments include activities in the county revenue fund, the debt retirement fund and internal services funds.

The operations budget is composed of:

  • Commissioners
  • County Administration
  • Budget and Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Resident and Real Estate Services
  • County Assessor
  • Examiner of Titles
  • Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Internal Audit
  • 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 operations departments.

Budget highlights

Department/Program 2015 Budget
(% of operations total)
Commissioners $2,900,755 (1%)
County Administration $2,750,734 (1%)
Budget and Finance $14,866,827 (6%) 
Information Technology
Excludes internal service funds
$8,903,924 (3%) 
Resident and Real Estate Services $41,445,464 (16%)
Human Resources $7,605,343 (3%)
Communications $2,045,845 (1%)
Internal Audit $3,749,309 (1%)
General county purposes $37,160,653 (14%)
Debt retirement $135,895,353 (52%)
Ballpark sales tax revenue programs $2,533,000 (1%)

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

Where the money goes 2015: capital improvements

The capital improvements budget for 2015 (less debt retirement, which is discussed in the debt retirement section of operations) is $256.9 million. This represents 14.1% of the county’s total 2015 operating 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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