FY 2017-18 Adopted Budget
DATE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
CONTACT: JEAN M. ROUSSEAU, CPA, COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
PHONE (559) 600-1221
FY 2017-18 ADOPTED BUDGET
On Monday, September 18, 2017, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopted the FY 2017-18 Budget of $3.02 billion, as recommended by County Administrative Officer, Jean M. Rousseau. The Adopted Budget provides funding for mandated and essential services, supports a workforce of 7,773 positions, and reflects a net increase of 59 positions.
With the improved economy, the County has moved toward financial stability. “The Adopted Budget is balanced, sustains current staffing and service levels, utilizes conservative revenue estimates, increases general reserves by a third, pays down existing debt and sets aside funds for future capital needs,” stated CAO Rousseau.
The Adopted Budget projects moderate growth in the County’s General Fund revenue categories:
Secured Property Taxes, Motor Vehicle Fees and Local Sales Tax. Countywide revenues increased $12.2 million over last year based on the estimated tax roll assessment, which accommodates salary and benefit increases, the addition of 42 correctional officer positions under the final year of the Quentin Hall Settlement, adjustments to health insurance contributions and additional retirement contribution costs.
The restructuring of fund balance by the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector in accordance with a newly adopted fund balance policy disclosed an additional $39 million in available one-time monies. With these one-time funds and prior year fund balance carryover, the Adopted Budget includes $22.5 million to pay future debt obligations, increases the General Reserve by $7 million to $28 million, sets aside $9 million for the Pension Obligation Bond matter (the last time this set aside is necessary), and sets aside $20 million for capital projects which include a new Sheriff’s substation, a new District Attorney building, a new Animal Control Facility, and future capital needs.
The Adopted Budget also includes revenue and expenditure estimates for new Senate Bill 1, which will provide an estimated $7 million for improvements to the County’s road system for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year.
The Adopted Budget includes at-a-glance charts of County revenues and appropriations and a
historical statistics section to present a picture of past trends. Brian Pacheco, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, commended the “straightforward and transparent budget.”