The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a $562.1 million budget in June 2015, designating:
$39 million for road construction, improvements, and maintenance to keep County residents and visitors safe;
$250,000 for the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo to support the arts;
$200,000 for the SLO HotHouse to further the county’s economic strategy and generate head-of-household jobs;
And $1.3 million for grants to more than 60 community programs that serve homeless or at-risk populations, and/or promote health locally.
“The County is committed to our community and we’re proud to support programs that help further our mission,” said District 5 Supervisor and 2015 Board Chair Debbie Arnold. “With the community’s input, we have a clear plan and balanced budget for the next fiscal year that will enhance the economic, environmental and social quality of life here.”
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the $562.1 million spending plan for the next fiscal year, with a General Fund budget of $464.9 million. The County’s overall spending priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2015-16 are health and human services and public protection, which combined make about 60 percent of the total budget. The overall budget represents an increase of approximately 3 percent compared with the current year.
This budget marks our first full year out of the recession and we have been able to fully fund reserves and contingencies for the first time in several years,” said County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi. “During the downturn, the Board directed that all cuts be made strategically. Similarly, we are now able to strategically add programs and services desired by our community.”
San Luis Obispo County is consistently recognized at the national level for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In fact, the County received its fourth consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the FY 2014-15 budget. San Luis Obispo County was one of just 13 California counties to receive the award for 2014.
The County’s budget process is a collaborative effort that involves all County departments, the Board of Supervisors and the public. While County staff is responsible for preparing a proposed budget and the Board of Supervisors ultimately has the authority to adopt proposed funding levels, public input is an integral part of the County’s budget process.