For Immediate ReleaseApril 03, 2018
The County’s budget will be finalized in June
San Rafael, CA – With its annual planning and budget workshops now complete, the County of Marin budget team will spend the next two months creating a new two-year budget that reflects the closure of a $5.6 million funding shortfall.
In addition, the Board received updates on emergency preparedness efforts, and each department presented highlights of their proposed workplan for next year.
The two-year budget process provides a longer-term lens to strategic planning. As part of the budget planning process, the Board heard a summary of each department’s strategic initiatives and performance plan. The final vote on the budget will take place in June.
The Board’s priorities for the upcoming budget cycle are:
The Supervisors provided feedback on each department’s proposed workplan and provided direction to County budget staff as part of the final budget preparations. Highlights of the Board’s comments included allocating funding for emergency preparedness and climate change, continuing efforts to support affordable housing, implementing long-term changes to mental health services, integrating equity initiatives into ongoing operations, improving the responsiveness of County services, supporting economic development efforts and maintaining funding for unincorporated road infrastructure.
The County is operating under a $440 million General Fund budget for 2017-18. Budgetary shortfalls are projected to begin in 2018-19 because of slowing property tax growth, increasing personnel costs, and increased costs to repair County infrastructure.
The County’s largest source of discretionary revenue comes from local property tax. Growth in assessed values has slowed over the past few years, and long-term forecasts indicate an annual growth rate of approximately 5 percent, down from a recent high of 7 percent in 2015.
The largest slice of the County budget (more than 60 percent) is for personnel costs. Those costs have grown because of wage increases, health benefits, and workers’ compensation costs. The cost of maintaining County-owned facilities has grown as well.
The proposed 2018-20 budget will be presented to the Board on June 5, and public hearings will begin on June 18. Learn more about the County’s budget overview webpage.
Bret UppendahlBudget ManagerCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite #325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6358Email: Bret UppendahlCounty Administrator website