Octagon Barn supporters packed the Board Chambers during the budget hearing on Monday, June 11.
Octagon Barn supporters packed the Board Chambers during the budget hearing on Monday, June 11.

Board Poised to Adopt Balanced Budget After Changes

Author: Administrative Office
Date: 6/14/2018 4:48:39 PM

The County Board of Supervisors directed staff to make some changes to the recommended $622.2 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 at this week’s public budget hearing.


The County Board of Supervisors directed staff to make some changes to the recommended $622.2 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 at this week’s public budget hearing.

The budget hearing began on Monday with an overview of the recommended budget. Those who attended on Monday had a chance to provide public comment and were presented with a variety of topics, including changes to local libraries, updated airports services, long-term planning for Public Works, the future of local emergency services, and how the County is addressing cybersecurity. The budget hearing continued Wednesday.

The Board requested the following changes to the budget on Monday:

  • A one-time $600,000 contribution to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County’s Octagon Barn Center project, which fulfills the County’s pledge to contribute to the rebuilding and revitalization of the iconic SLO County landmark. Funding sources: $200,000 from Quimby Fees* collected and $400,000 from Public Facility Fees collected.
  • A one-time $400,000 contribution to County parks in Nipomo, including $300,000 for the Nipomo Skate Park and $100,000 for the basketball and pickleball court project. Funding sources: $400,000 from Public Facility Fees* collected ($100,000 of which is anticipated in the coming fiscal year).
  • An ongoing additional $10,000 contribution for Creston pool operations, on top of the $5,500 already contributed each year. The new total annual contribution from the County to the Creston pool will be $15,500. Funding sources: $15,500 from General Fund, $10,000 of which was redirected from the annual Infrastructure Beautification Grant program (reducing that annual grant program from $100,000 to $90,000).
  • An ongoing additional $92,165 to expand the 50Now program, which provides housing and supportive services to the county’s most vulnerable homeless individuals.  HASLO’s contribution of additional housing choice vouchers also enables the expansion of this program. Funding sources: $92,165 in additional General Fund made available following technical changes after the budget was published in May.

On Wednesday, the Board reviewed the recommended amount of financial support to more than 70 nonprofit agency programs and other organizations that provide services not offered by the County. These services include food programs, senior programs, women’s programs, alcohol and drug-related programs, housing, child and family programs, and more. Staff recommended $2.4 million in financial support, of which $40,000 remained for the Board to allocate at its discretion.

The Board on Wednesday agreed to grant additional financial support to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • $2,500 to the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast, in addition to the $15,000 in grant funding recommended (for a total of $17,500 in grant funding).
  • $2,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County, in addition to the $12,000 in grant funding recommended (for a total of $14,500)
  • $25,000 to Community Action Partnership of SLO County (CAPSLO) for its work at 40 Prado homeless services center, in addition to the $4,000 in grant funding recommended for CAPSLO’s Forty Wonderful Program; $18,000 for its South County SAFE Program; $10,000 for its Adult Wellness and Prevention; $15,000 for its Liberty Tattoo Removal Program; and $33,000 for its Adult Day Services Centers (for a total of $127,000 in grant funding)
  • $30,000 to Cambria Connection, in addition to the $30,000 in grant funding recommended (for a total of $60,000)
  • $36,840 to RISE, in addition to the $20,000 in grant funding recommended for its Sexual Assault Counseling Program; $30,000 for its Domestic Violence Counseling Program (for a total of $86,840)

Some of the additional changes made on Wednesday were funded through the $40,000 of unallocated funding mentioned above, but the remaining additional $56,840 was funded through additional General Fund made available following technical changes after the budget was published in May.

County Administrative Office staff plans to bring the final budget with these changes for the Board to adopt on June 19.

Get more information about the County’s Budget.

*Quimby fees and Parks Facility Fees are impact fees collected from land development that are used to expand, acquire, rehabilitate or development community parks. Quimby fees are collected when new residential lots are created, and Public Facility Fees are collected when new residential units are built. 

Watch the Budget Hearings

Day 1: Monday, June 11:

 

Day 2: Wednesday June 13:

 


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