The Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office has released the County’s Recommended Final Budget for the budget years 2018-2019/2019-2020. The Recommended Final Budget will serve as the final spending plan for Stanislaus County operations.
A Public Hearing before the Board of Supervisors for the consideration and adoption of the 2018-2019/2019-2020 Recommended Final Budget has been scheduled for the 6:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The meeting will take place in the basement Board Chambers at 1010 10th St., in Modesto.
The Recommended Final Budget is also available for public review at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Office at 1010 10th St., Suite 6500, in Modesto and is available on the County’s website at www.stancounty.com/budget/.
This is the County’s first two-year budget, identifying both the operational plan for year one and the spending plan for year two. This strategy incorporates County-wide performance visioning and aligns resources in support of specific department objectives to achieve the Board of Supervisors’ priorities for a better community. The Recommended Final Budget totals $1.36 billion in the first year of the budget period, and reflects an increase of approximately 1.5 percent or $19.8 million for all funds as compared to the 2018-2019 Adopted Proposed Budget. The General Fund totals $356.6 million, which has increased approximately 3.5 percent or $12.2 million from the 2018-2019 Adopted Proposed Budget of $344.4 million.
Fiscal Year 2018-2019 is balanced with the use of $68.5 million in fund balance/retained earnings, or 5 percent of appropriations, a reduction in the dependence on County reserves when compared to last year’s reliance on one-time savings of $72.9 million or 5.8 percent of appropriations.
County officials point to the budget as being “highly indicative of the collaborative efforts of every department” within the County organization towards continuous improvement.