The County Budget Office is part of
the County Executive Office and reports to the County
Finance Officer. The division's primary responsibility
is the County's budget: planning, preparation, presentation
and monitoring and development of the County's Long-Range
Strategic Financial Plan. This is described in more detail
below. In addition, the division performs special studies
and participates in working groups to assist the CEO and
County departments with special projects.
The County's fiscal year starts on July 1. The County's
budget process usually begins in late December with careful
planning. The division prepares budget policy and detailed
budget instructions for County departments. The budget
calendar is updated to establish completion dates for
key events in the budget process.
County departments then prepare their budget requests
and submit them to the Budget Services Division. The submittal
may include formal presentations by the department head
or financial manager to the CEO and key Budget Services
The County Budget Office reviews and analyzes the department's
budget requests and makes recommendations to the CEO.
Budget Services will also, in coordination with the County
Auditor-Controller's office, establish the level of non-departmental,
County-wide revenues that will be available to the County.
The budget is compiled, balanced and reviewed with the
Chief Financial Officer and CEO. After this review, a
Budget Workbook is published.
The County Budget Office plans and conducts public budget
workshops. It also holds briefing sessions for the County
Board of Supervisors' staff members and study sessions
for the Board members themselves. Finally, the CEO presents
the budget during Board hearings and the Board takes formal
action to adopt the budget.
The adopted budget becomes the spending plan (and spending
limit) for the County departments. Actual revenues and
expenses are monitored during the year and reported to
the Board quarterly. The budget may be modified based
on quarterly reports to reflect new assumptions or events.
In summary, The County Budget Office produces a balanced
County budget, based on Board policy and planning, consistent
with the Long-Range Strategic Financial Plan and realistically
reflects the funds available to County departments and
programs and how those funds will be spent.
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