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1 Welcome to TC Your Budget Questions Answered

2 Overview of Agenda Welcome-Bill Welcome-Bill Index cards-Reanette Index cards-Reanette Bill short presentation Bill short presentation Specific Questions already asked Specific Questions already asked Specific Answers from panelist Specific Answers from panelist Your questions Your questions

3 California Counties 101 Jean Kinney Hurst Legislative Representative California State Association of Counties

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5 California counties are… Political subdivisions of the state (California Constitution, Article XI, Section 1) Political subdivisions of the state (California Constitution, Article XI, Section 1) General purpose government General purpose government Different from other local governments Different from other local governments Complicated Complicated

6 California counties are… Providers of state services at the local level, including: Providers of state services at the local level, including:  –CalWORKS –Adult Protective Services –Child Protective Services –Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services –Food Stamps –Foster Care –In-Home Supportive Services –Medical Care Services –Mental Health Services –Public Health/Laboratory –Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

7 California counties are… Providers of municipal services in the unincorporated area (about 17% of Californians live in unincorporated areas), including: Providers of municipal services in the unincorporated area (about 17% of Californians live in unincorporated areas), including: –Building inspection/code enforcement –Building permits/plan checking –Economic development –Emergency Services –Fire Protection –Housing –Library Services –Parks and Recreation –Pest Control –Planning and zoning –Police protection (county sheriff) –Sewers –Street Lighting/road maintenance –Streets/roads/ highways/storm drains –Water delivery –Weed abatement

8 California counties are… Providers of countywide services as prescribed by law, including: Providers of countywide services as prescribed by law, including: Adult Detention (jails) Environmental Health Probation (Juvenile and Adult) Ag Commissioner Forensic Labs Public Administrator Assessor Homeless Shelters Public Guardian-Conservator Auditor-ControllerImmunizationsLandfill Communicable Disease Control Indigent Burials Recorder/Vital Statistics Cooperative Extension Juvenile Detention Regional Parks Coroner/Medical Examiner Juvenile Justice Programs Treasurer/Tax Collector District Attorney (Prosecutions) Landfill Weights and Measures Elections Law Library Veterans’ Services

9 County Organization and Structure Counties do not have “home rule” authority. They may adopt charters, which mainly provide for the internal workings of county government, to address issues such as: Counties do not have “home rule” authority. They may adopt charters, which mainly provide for the internal workings of county government, to address issues such as: –Number of members of boards of supervisors (5 or more) –Compensation and terms of office of supervisors –An elected sheriff, district attorney, and assessor and any other official, including compensation and terms of office –The performance of functions required by statute, including the power of the county executive and the relationship between the county executive and the board of supervisors –The powers, duties, and the organization of governing bodies and other county offices –Personnel system, labor relations, and contracting for services

10 Counties with Charters AlamedaSacramento Butte San Bernardino El Dorado San Diego Fresno San Francisco City and County Los Angeles San Mateo Orange Santa Clara PlacerTehama

11 County Finances The bulk of county revenues comes from the state and federal governments to operate federal and state- mandated services. The bulk of county revenues comes from the state and federal governments to operate federal and state- mandated services. Property taxes and sales taxes account for the bulk of county discretionary revenues. Property taxes and sales taxes account for the bulk of county discretionary revenues.

12 Realignment In 1991, the Legislature and Governor approved a “realignment” of 19 state/county health, mental health, and social services programs, essentially shifting a greater share of costs to counties with funding generated by new revenue sources. In 1991, the Legislature and Governor approved a “realignment” of 19 state/county health, mental health, and social services programs, essentially shifting a greater share of costs to counties with funding generated by new revenue sources. Counties also were granted flexibility in managing some of the realigned programs, particularly in the mental health area. Counties also were granted flexibility in managing some of the realigned programs, particularly in the mental health area.

13 Realigned Programs Health Services Health Services –County Health Services –Medically Indigent Services Program –County Medical Services Program –Local Health Services Mental Health Services Mental Health Services –Community-based Mental Health –Institutes for Mental Disease –State Hospitals Social Services Social Services –CalWORKS Aid Payments –Welfare Administration –Foster Care –Child Welfare Services –Adoptions Assistance –GAIN –In-Home Supportive Services –County Services Block Grant –County Juvenile Justice Subventions –County Stabilization Subventions –California Children’s Services

14 Realignment Funding ½ cent state sales tax increase ½ cent state sales tax increase A “slowing down” of the Vehicle License Fee (VLF) depreciation schedule; currently, 74.9% of the 0.65 VLF rate. A “slowing down” of the Vehicle License Fee (VLF) depreciation schedule; currently, 74.9% of the 0.65 VLF rate. Revenues are continuously appropriated and allocated to counties on a monthly basis. Revenues are continuously appropriated and allocated to counties on a monthly basis. County-by-county formulas are very complicated and, in many instances, based on decades-old caseload and spending data for each jurisdiction. County-by-county formulas are very complicated and, in many instances, based on decades-old caseload and spending data for each jurisdiction.

15 Mandates New program, higher level of service (CA Constitution, Article XIIIB, Section 6) New program, higher level of service (CA Constitution, Article XIIIB, Section 6) Amended by Proposition 1A (2004) to include cost shifts from state to locals (Section 6 (c)) Amended by Proposition 1A (2004) to include cost shifts from state to locals (Section 6 (c)) Commission on State Mandates is the quasi-judicial body responsible for mandate determination Commission on State Mandates is the quasi-judicial body responsible for mandate determination For a mandate primer, check out LAO’s tutorial: For a mandate primer, check out LAO’s tutorial: ro/What_Is_a_Mandate.pdf ro/What_Is_a_Mandate.pdf

16 Mandates State law requires the Commission to complete test claims and develop a statewide cost estimate within one year. State law requires the Commission to complete test claims and develop a statewide cost estimate within one year. Current backlog goes back in some cases to six years. Current backlog goes back in some cases to six years. While waiting for mandate determination, locals are required to perform the mandate and are incurring costs. While waiting for mandate determination, locals are required to perform the mandate and are incurring costs.

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22 SECURED ASSESSED VALUE HISTORY State AssessedLocalTotal Estimated SecuredCounty General Estimated County Current Value of County (Unitary)AssessedSecured Tax Charge FactorDollar Value$ Using CPI ,525,6244,448,397,6534,653,923,27746,539, ,696, ,241,7162,424,754,9722,610,996,68826,109, ,875, ,906,9991,442,312,6981,642,219,69716,422, ,428, ,742,030193,872,407219,614,4378,784, ,915,3646,880,000

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25 GENERAL FUND TOTAL EXPENDITURES PreliminaryProposed ChangesProposed Final Budget General Government *11,288,421274,35511,562,776 Public Protection *18,600,069401,91619,001,985 Health Services1,625,978(7,097)1,618,881 Social Services1,569,037166,4891,735,526 Education670,89031,104701,994 Recreation *273,4000 Grand Total Expenditures34,027,795866,76734,894,562 *Discretionary Expenditures30,161,890676,27130,838,161

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28 County of Tehama Four-Year General Fund Budget Forecast March 30, 2010 General Fund AdoptedForecasted Budget ESTIMATED EXPENSES Employee Salary & Benefits9,256,7469,572,9549,834,30910,209,62010,609,617 Less Employee Concessions from Prior FY 000 Less Budget Reductions from Prior FY 000 Contingency3,958,4402,650,000 Public Safety Contribution13,214,37914,113,38014,409,90814,799,43815,219,622 Social Services Contribution1,095,465 Miscellaneous Contributions to Other Funds395,782 All Other Expenditures6,963,836 Total Expenditures34,884,64834,791,41735,349,30036,114,14136,934,322 Required Increases to Reserves511, Less Program Revenue(4,276,178) Net General Fund Contribution31,120,26930,515,23931,073,12231,837,96332,658,144

29 AdoptedForecasted ESTIMATED REVENUESBudget Program Revenue$4,276,1784,276,178 Property Taxes9,299,0739,105,0839,014,032 Sales Taxes1,000,000790,801 Interest Earnings630,000399,618 Other Revenues9,800,4749,599,221 Total Revenue25,005,72524,170,90124,079,850 Less Program Revenue (applied to expenditures above)(4,276,178) Fund Balance Carryover from Prior FY7,824,7696,000,0005,500,000 Net Available Funding$28,554,316$25,894,723$25,303,672 BUDGET SURPLUS/DEFICIT($2,565,953)($4,620,516)($4,364,448)($4,679,329)($5,499,510) PERCENTAGES-8.25%-15.14%-14.71%-15.61%-17.85%

30 Questions for the CAO What is the basic budget process and who is involved in that process?

31 Questions for the CAO Can you explain the current deficit issues for the County?

32 Questions for the Auditor What is the percent that we have in reserves? Why? How is that reserve amount set? Are all the reserves general fund money? Do some of these reserves have restricted/designated dollars that can only be used for specific things and cannot be used for benefits or compensation?

33 Questions for the Auditor Are we currently spending down our reserves? Can you explain what the two most talked about reserve accounts- the Economic Uncertainty Fund and the State Loan Repayment fund?

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38 Questions for the CAO How have we been preparing for the shortfall in the budget the last 3 years? We hear the economy is starting to come back, why the continued requests for cuts? Does the public sector have a lag?

39 Questions for the Panel Are you general fund or non general fund? Do you have reserves? What is your budget shortfall? How do you plan to correct your shortfall? What have you had to cut in services, office supplies, other?

40 Questions for the Panel Have you had to do layoffs or furloughs? If so, how many? Do you know how the state is going to affect your budget? Now and in the future? How is the economy affecting your budget? How are the cuts at the federal, state and local levels affecting the public?

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