Spending Wisely

San Luis Obispo County develops a balanced budget every fiscal year. The 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 funding levels, public input is an integral part of the County’s budget process.

Public participation in the budget process is welcome and available through the many public budget-related meetings that are held by the Board of Supervisors throughout the year. All Board meetings are recorded and broadcast via cable television and the County’s website.

Where do County funds come from?

FY 2015-16 Revenue by Source
Total Budget: $572.6 million

FY 2015-16 revenue by source

Where does the County allocate these funds?

FY 2015-16 Expenditures by Priority
Total Budget: $572.6 million

FY 2015-16 expenditures by funct area


Where do property taxes go?

FY 2015-16 Property Tax Distribution

FY 2015-16 property tax distribution


The budget reflects the County’s disciplined approach to fiscal management and is consistent with our goal to provide a Safe, Healthy, Livable, Prosperous and Well-Governed Community. The FY 2015-16 Adopted Budget represents a significant milestone for the County, as it is the first year since the Great Recession that the County is able to fully fund contingencies and increase reserves, while making significant investments in the many programs and services that are provided to the community.

The adopted budget reflects a balanced approach to addressing spending priorities while remaining sustainable in the long term. The budget authorizes a total spending level of $572.6 million, with a General Fund budget of $469.2 million. The overall budget represents an increase of just under 5 percent compared to FY 2014-15.

Notable investments include:

Financial Security

  • Full restoration of contingencies to the Board-adopted target of 5 percent.
  • $3.5 million to the Capital Improvement Project Reserve to fund future capital projects.
  • $6.6 million to the Building Replacement Reserve to fund the necessary replacement of County facilities in the future.
  • $1.5 million to the Automation Replacement Reserve to fund future automation projects.
  • $1 million to a designation to assist in paying down a portion of the County’s Pension Obligation Bond debt.

Programs and Services

  • Augmentations of $12.3 million ($4.2 million of General Fund) to various programs and services. This includes an increase to staffing levels by 59 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) positions, which will enable the County to provide higher levels of service. The most significant increases are to public safety and health and human services.
  • Increases roads funding with a one-time General Fund allocation of $3 million and an ongoing General Fund increase of 10 percent ($740K) to fund road maintenance. The additional funds bring the total General Fund contributions to $11.1 million in FY 2015-16.
  • Fully funds prioritized capital, maintenance, and automation projects without the use of Reserve funds.
  • Allocates $200,000 to the Cal Poly HotHouse to support economic development activities and a one-time grant of $250,00 to the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center.

Detailed information about budget changes can be found in the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Adopted Budget available online at www.slocounty.ca.gov.