Our objective in preparing the budget is to be open and transparent, make fiscally responsible recommendations that are consistent with long-term priorities, with the shared goal of making Marin safe, healthy, equitable and sustainable.
The County’s two-year budget is structurally balanced and fiscally sound. Public hearings were held on June 20th and June 22nd in the Board of Supervisors Chambers to discuss the FY 2016-17 Proposed Budget and FY 2017-18 Plan.
Over the past several years, the County of Marin has taken several actions to bring the budget into balance. We have cut ongoing expenses by over $30 million and reduced our workforce by approximately 10%. The County adopted a lower-cost retiree health plan for new employees in 2008, negotiated lower pension tiers for new miscellaneous employees in 2011, implemented the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013, and established an Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) trust to fully fund retiree health obligations. Over the past four years, the County reduced its unfunded retiree liabilities by over $240 million, leading all three independent bond rating agencies to affirm Marin County’s AAA credit rating.
Explore the County’s Proposed Budget documents below, or use our new Open Budget Portal for a more interactive presentation of our budget. In a partnership with OpenGov.com, our Open Budget Portal is a new web-based financial transparency and business intelligence tool that dynamically presents the County’s revenues and expenses, from multi-year trends to line item level details.