Mission & Operational Review


With an ongoing growth in population, Cumberland County moved from being a fourth to a third class county in 2012 with an estimated population of 238,000 in January of 2012. From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012, the US Census Bureau’s population estimates showed that Cumberland County was the fourth fasting growing county in the state growing by over 3,000 residents or 1.5%.

Along with its growth and stature of being a great place to live, work and raise a family, Cumberland County has taken pride in its strong fiscal and operational management in overseeing a nearly $75 million general fund budget. Such practices have earned the county statewide awards and a AAA bond rating. At the same time, the recent economic recession and its adverse impact on natural growth in property tax revenues, combined with a reduction state and federal funding resources, has created a fiscal challenge for the county as it faces certain unavoidable increased fixed costs as well as an increased demand for services.

As a result, in an ongoing effort to keep Cumberland County’s taxes among the lowest of any county in south-central Pennsylvania while meeting the needs of its citizens, Cumberland County has undertaken a mission and operational review to ensure the continued cost-efficient delivery of essential and mandated services and to weed out any duplicative or unnecessary expenditures.

To assist in its mission review, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Early Intervention Program (EIP) to secure funding to develop a long-term fiscal, operational, and mission plan for the county. The EIP process will allow the county to chart a proactive course to ensure the continued delivery of important services while maintaining a sound fiscal position without encumbering additional debt or overburdening its taxpayers.
Cumberland County has selected Public Financial Management (PFM) to aid in the Financial, Operational and Mission Review.