County of Marin - News Releases - Budget Workshops

For Immediate Release
April 05, 2019

County Budget Workshops Begin April 22

Public invited as Supervisors briefed on each department’s priorities, finances

San Rafael, CA – Administrators from 22 County of Marin departments will outline the services they provide and hear feedback from the Board of Supervisors and residents during budget work plan sessions starting April 22.

A view of the Civic Center with Lagoon Pond in the foregroundLast year the Board of Supervisors approved a $590 million budget that included $5.6 million in funding reductions over a two-year period.
The sessions will take place in the Board chamber of the Marin County Civic Center, Suite 330, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Residents are invited to offer comments at the beginning of the three-day planning event or after each department’s presentation.

Budget Manager Bret Uppendahl noted that the County is in the middle of the two-year budget that was approved in June 2018. Last year, the Board of Supervisors approved $5.6 million in budget reductions over the two-year budget cycle and approved a 2018-19 budget of $590 million.

“We have been prudent in the past and we are continuing to prepare for an economic slowdown,” Uppendahl said. “This is a time to reassess our priorities, hear from our residents and make sure we have it right. After we receive feedback from the Board and public, we will go back and fine-tune the numbers.”

The final 2019-2020 budget will be brought before the Board in June.

New this year is the County’s performance management system called Marin Compass that measures how well goals are being reached while factoring in resident input. Data collection and follow-up analysis are critical to how the County measures its progress. As a steward of public resources, the County is connecting top administrators, rank-and-file employees and the community to the managers who measure progress. Each department will use Marin Compass to shed light on work plans and measurable goals for the next budget.

The budget workshops start at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22, and continue into the mid-afternoon following a lunch break. The sessions pick up again at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23 and 24, with final comments from the Supervisors after the Wednesday workshop. The full schedule will be posted on the County’s website April 18.

Learn more about the County’s budget overview webpage where you can view departmental charts and graphs through the budget dashboard. Budget feedback may be emailed to the County budget staff.

All public meetings and events sponsored or conducted by the County of Marin are held at accessible sites. If you are a person with a disability and require information or materials in alternative formats – or if you require accommodation to participate in a county program, service or activity – please contact department staff by email or at (415) 473-7331 or (415) 473-4381 (voice/TTY).


Bret Uppendahl
Budget Manager
County Administrator's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite #325
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6358
Email: Bret Uppendahl
County Administrator website