As part of its first two-year budget cycle, county officials yesterday adopted a resolution keeping the funds in place until final approval this fall.
The Board of Supervisors move at Tuesday’s meeting rolls over the fiscal year 2012-13 adopted budget on July 1 and lets it consider the recommended budget for the next two fiscal years in September.
The adopted fiscal year 2012-13 budget was $1,886,737,968 with 5,127 authorized positions. With the approved adjustments, the recommended budget is $1,889,323,709 with 5,192 positions.
In January, the county moved to a two-year budget cycle rather than its previous process of supervisors hearing a week of departmental presentations in June for tentative approval followed by formal adoption in late September. The process echoes that already used by several Peninsula cities.
By September, the county will have a better grasp on the impacts of the state budget which will make it easier to shift funds, make changes or otherwise adapt, said Supervisor Carole Groom.
Groom feels the new method is fruitful for those suffering budget fatigue and adds that the county will periodically review its coffers prior to September. Part of those financial check-ins involve the tentative allocation of the Measure A half-cent sales tax revenue. The board has been hearing proposals at each meeting in preparation for the final decisions in September but the question remains if potential state losses like up to $30 million in excess property tax revenue will require backfilling with the sales tax money.
At this point, the county is moving ahead as planned because the decisions are tentative rather than concrete and the better understanding of the state budget won’t happen until the final budget is also up for consideration, said County Manager John Maltbie.
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