Budget Overview

Matthew H. Hymel, County Administrator
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FY 2021-22 (Current year)

The County’s FY 2021-2022 Proposed Budget seeks to continue our efforts to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic while making thoughtful investments in our top community priorities to help bring about lasting positive change. The proposed budget is balanced, fiscally sound and includes one-time funding that addresses immediate community needs while also investing in our longer-term goals, including Racial Equity, Climate Change, Affordable Housing, Disaster Preparedness and County Infrastructure.

On September 28, the Board received a first quarter budget update which outlined the County’s spending plans for federal stimulus fund and provided updated economic and budgetary trends. Staff will provide additional updates in December 2021 and public hearings will be held in March 2022 as part of the upcoming two-year budget process for FY 2022-2024.

The Board of Supervisors held three days of public hearings beginning June 21, 2021 to review the Proposed Budget and receive input from the community. In March 2021, the Board held an informational budget workshop to review department workplans and inform the FY 2021-22 budget. Additional information on county programs can be found on the County's open data site.

FY 2020-21

On June 24, 2020 the Board approved the Proposed FY 2020-21 Budget with amendments that increased allocations for racial equity to $2.7 million, deferred action on the School Resource Officer and reduced the Sheriff-Coroner General Fund budget by $1.7 million.

Several months later, after a projected $16 million budget shortfall, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved $7.8 million in budget adjustments on November 17, 2020. The remaining shortfall was addressed in the spring as part of the FY 2021-22 budget planning process.

FY 2019-20

In June 2019, the Board approved the Proposed FY 2019-20 Budget. It was for the second year of a two-year budget process. For a summary, check the 2019-20 Budget in Brief. More details and comments can be found in the news release about the budget approval.

The FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20 Budgets reflect recent actions taken to close the project gap between expenditures and revenues and bring the County budget into balance. Between 2008 and 2013, ongoing expenses were reduced by more than $30 million and the workforce was reduced by approximately 10%. The County adopted a lower-cost retiree health plan for new employees in 2008, negotiated lower pension tiers for new 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

Archived budgets

Visit our Marin County Budget Data webpage to view annual budget documents dating back to FY 2000-01. On the webpage you can also explore this and historical year financial data with our interactive budget dashboard tool.

Role of the Public

The budget process is designed to promote dialogue about community priorities. Members of the public are encouraged to participate by writing letters or talking to County Supervisors and department heads. They may also speak at any public hearing on the proposed budget or on amendments to the adopted budget and may apply for appointment on one of the many appointive boards and commissions where County programs and budget priorities are reviewed and analyzed.

Agendas and background information for regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors are available online and at the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors reception desk by the close of business the Friday preceding the regularly scheduled Tuesday meetings. Budget hearing schedules are also available online. Copies of the final budget are available at the Department of Finance and at Marin County public libraries.

Budget Calendar Cycle

Public budget hearings are conducted by the Board of Supervisors.  The calendar for these hearings is published in local newspapers.  Precise dates and times are available at the Office of the Clerk of the Board or in the departments concerned.

Final budgets are approved by the Board at the end of the hearings by reference to the financing uses in the budget as finally determined for the County of Marin. At the end of the public hearings, the Board formally adopts the approved balanced budget and sets the tax rates within constitutional limits. 

Budget Calendar Cycle
Month Description of Activities
January Budget Instructions are distributed by the County Administrator and departments begin planning for the coming fiscal year.
February

Departments submit estimates of current year expenditures and budget requests covering current and proposed programs or changes to the County Administrator.

The County Administrator meets with departments to review current year department program results, priorities and budget issues to inform budget planning.

March Budget requests are reviewed and analyzed by the County Administrator. Preliminary comparison of total requests with total anticipated revenue is made in consultation with Department of Finance.
March/April

Public Budget Workshops are conducted to receive community input, provide updated county budget projections and review department workplans.

Early June

The proposed budget is presented to the Board of Supervisors. Copies of the Proposed Budget are available at the County Administrator's Office for the public, or copies may be studied at local public libraries.

Late June

Public Hearings are conducted and the Proposed Budget is voted on by the Board and becomes the legal authority to continue services until the final budget is adopted.

November

The Department of Finance compiles the Final Budget in accordance with the County Budget Act (Government Code §29000 et seq.) and presented in a format prescribed by the State Controller.

Departments submit capital improvement requests for the next fiscal year.

Common budget questions

You'll find a list of commonly asked budget questions and their answers in our FAQs section.