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Proposed 2016-17 County Budget Is Approved

By Staff | Mar 8, 2016

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors have approved a proposed budget for the new fiscal year 2016 2017, with a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Boardroom.

Total budgeted Revenues and other Financing sources for the new fiscal year of 2016-17 total $15,043,246 which is slightly higher that the estimated revenues for the current year of $14,631,180. It is lower than actual revenues of the 2014-2015 year, which stand at $18,804,422. Taxes levied on property are included in Revenues and Other Financing Sources and the new fiscal year is budgeted lower than the current year at $6,440,268 versus $6,535,209. Actual revenues collected on taxes levied on property were $6,147,419 for the fiscal year of 2014 2015. Proposed tax rates per $1,000 taxable valuation for the new fiscal year of 2016-2017 are also lower than that of the current year (2015-2016) with urban areas at 6.51963 versus 6.98487 and rural areas at 10.46963 versus 10.93487.

Total Expenditures and other uses for the coming fiscal year of 2016-2017 total $18,373,601 which is slightly higher than the current year of 2015-2016 of $17,923,030 but is well under actual expenditure of 2014-2015 of $24,219,827. Under the expenditures and other uses there are several operating expenses that are covered. Service Area 1’s (Public Safety and Legal Services) budget for 2016-2017 of $1,958,224 is slightly higher than the estimated budget for 2015-2016 of $1,850,462. This includes all law enforcement, legal services, emergency services, assistance to the district court system, court proceedings, and juvenile justice administration.

The total amount budgeted for Service Area 3 (Physical Health and Social Services) for the coming fiscal year of 2016-2017 of $443,075 is slightly higher than the estimated budget of 2015-2016 of $433,961. Areas that are included in Physical Health and Social Services are services to poor, physical health services, services to military veterans, children and family services, services to other adults (such as the elderly) and chemical dependency.

Service Area 4 (Mental Health, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities) is higher for the 2016-2017 fiscal year at $466,104 from $448,101 that was estimated for the 2015-2015 year. Areas included are mental health, chronic mental illness, intellectual disability, other developmental disabilities, and general administration.

The proposed budget for Service Area 6 (County Environment and Education) for 2016-2017 of $1,370,587 versus $1,515,650 that was estimated for 2015-2016. Included in this area would be environmental quality, conservation and recreation services, animal control, and county development.

The total amount budgeted for Service Area 7 (Roads and Transportation) for 2016-2017 is $5,001,674, which is higher than the estimated amount for 2015-2016 of $4,915,332. Areas included in Service Area 7 are secondary roads administration and engineering, roadway maintenance, and general roadway expenditures.

Service Area 8 (Government Services to Residents) was given an estimated $460,821 budget for the upcoming year 2016-2017 which is up from $443,072 that was estimated in 2015-2016. Area included would be representation services (elections administration, local elections, and township officials) and state administrative services (motor vehicle registration and licensing, drivers license service, and recording of public documents).

The amount proposed for Service Area 9 (Administration) for the fiscal year of 2016-2017 is $1,255,069 versus the estimated amount of $1,242,643 for 2015-2016. Included in this area would be policy and administration (general county management, administrative management services, treasury management services, and other policy and administration), central services (general services, information technology, and GIS systems), and risk management services (tort liability, safety of workplace, fidelity of public officers, and unemployment compensation).

In the area of Debt Service, which is paying for the principle and interest on the bonds for the money we have borrowed, an estimated $1,886,621 has been budgeted for the coming fiscal year of 2016-2017 higher than for 2015-2016, which was estimated at $1,761,971.

Finally, the area of Capital Projects, the money that we borrowed and are spending on road projects, has been estimated at $3,025,290 for 2016-2017, which is lower than the estimated budget for 2015-2016 of $3,045,673.