The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to start budget hearings June 9 after viewing a presentation on the $5.06 million budget proposal from the county's chief administrative officer.
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15 represents a 1.6 percent increase over the current $4.98 billion. The county's budgets have been below $5 billion since 2009.
With a presentation that highlighted the county's "journey to world class," Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer presented her vision for county operations.
The proposal would combine the somewhat more stable outlook for state revenues with the county's reputation for keeping a balanced budget and retaining higher credit ratings in order to improve services.
The budget proposes appropriating about $1.9 billion to health and human services, nearly $1.63 billion to public safety, $417.5 million to land use and environment spending, $383.6 million to finance and general government spending, $324 million for community services and $322.2 million for other finance. The smallest group is the capital improvements program, at $81.7 million.
The county's 2014-15 fiscal year budget is packaged with the general spending plan of the following year, which would set spending priorities through mid-2016. For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the county has drawn an unofficial $4.85 billion spending plan.
The two years of planning comprise the county Operational Plan, which is generally debated each June before the fiscal year begins July 1. Since the first year outlined by the Operational Plan serves as the county's official budget for the upcoming fiscal year, county spending can't be authorized beyond June 30 if the plan is not approved.
The spending estimate for the second year within each year's Operational Plan — 2015-16 in this case — is often adjusted as that fiscal year approaches. Last year the two-year Operational Plan included an official 2013-14 budget of $4.98 billion and an unofficial $4.81 billion plan for 2014-15.
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