County officials are ready to finish tweaking a $2.2 billion budget and sign off on the document that adds more than 100 new jobs, dusts off capital projects and initiatives shelved the last five years during the economic recession and leaves the general fund at $212.5 million.
The Board of Supervisors meets this morning to kick off three days of final budget hearings which include cementing Measure A sales tax funds tentatively allocated to 22 requests during months of individual presentations. Voters approved the half-cent increase last November as a way to maintain county services.
The budget is also colored by the pending new county jail scheduled to open in 2015 and federal health care reform, both which are expected to create dozens of new county positions. The first day of budget hearings includes opening remarks by County Manager John Maltbie followed by presentations including the Health System, Parks Department and Planning and Building. Tuesday afternoon will include criminal justice areas such as the District Attorney’s Office, Probation Department, Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office.
This year marks the county’s foray into a two-year budget cycle which calls for $2.2 billion this fiscal year followed by $1.93 billion in 2014-2015. Maltbie released a $2.1 billion budget in late August that included no Measure A funding but now, with it added and other adjustments made, the revised total is up by $72 million fiscal year 2013-2014 and $44.4 million in 20-14-2015.
The Measure A proposals up for adoption total $51.5 million the first budget year, of which $1.6 million is leveraged from other sources. The next year’s proposals total $44.6 million with $2.2 million from other sources. The Seton Medical Center subsidy isn’t included for the second year because the amount has yet to be penciled out.
Other significant budget changes noted by Maltbie’s office heading into to the budget talks include more than $150 million the next two years to build the Maple Street Correctional Center; $62 million spread over two years for other capital improvement projects like Devil’s Slide, replacing the Skylonda Fire Station and infrastructure projects; paying down the unfunded pension liability by spending $50 million in fiscal year 2013-14 and $10 million in fiscal year 2014-15; A major information technology overhaul to the tune of $26.4 million in fiscal year 2013-14 and $27.9 million the next; $13.4 million for affordable housing and emergency shelters; and reestablishing the Parks Department as a separate department.
The board meets 9 a.m. today in Board Chambers, 400 County Government Center, Redwood City. The complete budget document is available at www.smcgov.org/budget.
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