Supervisor Kate Sears here with information on Marin County's FY 2012-13 Proposed Budget Summary with Invitation to Attend Budget Hearings

Supervisor Kate Sears here with information: Marin County's FY 2012-13 Proposed Budget Summary and the Marin County Budget Hearing Schedule. (Please read here as well as the attached documents for details on the proposed budget. Also, please plan to attend our Marin budget hearings.)



Monday, June 18, 2012 and Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Board of Supervisors Chambers,

Room 330, Civic Center

9:00 am start both days


FY 2012-13 Proposed Budget Summary



Proposed FY 2012-13 All Funds Budget totals $445.1 million - or a 1.0% increase from

last year’s Approved Budget.

General Fund Budget totals $371.7 million – a 0.2% decrease.

  • Budget impacted by flat (1%) growth in property tax revenue versus FY 2011-12
  • Higher employer pension costs continue to impact the County budget
  • $2.5 million FY 2012-13 budget gap closed with prior Board approval to create a retiree health trust next year – which will save more than $5 million annually starting FY 2013-14 and allow County to fully pay for retiree health liabilities over 30 years
  • Total of 17 positions reduced in two departments – 0.25 FTE in Public Defender and 16.75 FTE in HHS (due largely to the loss of State and Federal funding)
  • HHS reductions include 4.80 FTE layoffs – including 0.80 FTE in Federal WIC program; 2.0 FTE in State AB 3632 program; and 2.0 FTE with an HHS administrative restructuring given OB and GYN reductions in previous years
  • To address community needs and mitigate layoffs, we are recommending to maintain 6.0 FTE within its existing baseline budget for a basic Children’s Mental
  • Health Services program since the State AB 3632 mandate has been shifted to schools statewide
  • Over the next several months, we will be further evaluating 28 additional long-term restructuring policy options for consideration to reduce future year budget gaps


The Governor’s May Revise depends upon voter approval in November of an $8.5 billion

revenue measure to close a $15.7 billion budget gap. November measure includes a 4-

year, quarter cent increase to the State sales tax and a 7-year income tax increase on

those making $250,000 or more. Failure of the November revenue measure would mean

deep, automatic trigger cuts largely to K-12 and Higher Education.

  • May Revise includes fairly minimal direct budget impacts to County: $205k-$530k loss in local roads funding, and $89k cut to child support
  • Although our hope is that the Legislature will find alternative solutions, cuts to clients and recipients of Safety Net programs are significant: reductions to child care subsidies; cuts to Cal-WORKS welfare to work program; and 7% reduction in authorized hours to IHSS providers (despite previous 20% reduction being blocked by Courts)
  • County is rolling over $5M in State budget reserves to provide time to adapt to any loss of program revenues

Once State budget impacts are known, we will return to the Board to adjust program



  • Budget hearings scheduled for Monday, June 18th at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, June 20th at 9:00 a.m. to adopt Final Budget




  Monday, June 18, 2012 and Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 330, Civic Center 

Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:00 a.m.


  •  Overview of County’s FY 2012-13 Proposed Budget
  •  Public Comment
  •   Summary by Service Area

°       Health and Human Services

°       Public Safety

°       Community Services

°       Community Development and Public Works

°       Administration and Finance


  • Board of Supervisors Statements 
  • Human Resources Actions:

°       Approve Recommended Reduction in Force actions consistent with County’s FY 2012-13 Proposed Budget


Recess to Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:00 a.m.


  • Opening Statements
  • Public Comment 
  •  Capital Improvement Program
  • County Finance Director Overview of the Special Districts Budget for FY 2012-13 
  • Closing Statements  
  • Budget Actions:

°       Adopt County’s FY 2012-13 Budget

°       Accept County’s FY 2012-13 Five-Year Capital Improvement Program

°       Adopt Special Districts Budget


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