By: OC Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Staff presented Third Quarter Budget Report, ending March 31, 2015. Revenues were reported to be slightly increased, including the property tax revenue that comprises approximately 90% of the County’s general purpose, or discretionary, revenue.
The County’s strengthened fiscal condition is also due in part to the County’s commitment to encouraging responsible budgeting. Staff noted that at the beginning of each fiscal year, the County tends not to fully fund every department’s request, which motivates innovation and stewardship while carrying out operations.
Other notable items included an additional $7 million in waste importation revenue following an agreement with the L.A. County Sanitation District and a savings of $2.4 million in capital projects that came in under budget. To address a previous concern about de minimis retroactive agreements being presented to the Board, Supervisors agreed to allow departments to administratively approve them from $500 to $10,000. Those under $500 were already permitted.
The Board deleted 15 vacant positions, ten from Probation and five from Child Support Services. This reduced the number of budgeted positions in the County from 18,150 to 18,135. For more information, please see the PowerPoint presentation here.