SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.-- At budget hearing sessions beginning June 10, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will review and discuss County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, which begins July 1. By Friday, June 14, the Board will make final decisions about the funding priorities and levels for County services.
“We continue to fund County services in a way that is measured, thoughtful and responsive to the needs of our community,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, M.D., J.D. “As we stand on the precipice of an economic downturn, we must focus on implementation and completion of critical initiatives.”
Priority initiatives include:
- integration of O’Connor and St. Louise Hospitals into the County’s health system;
- expansion of the Valley Medical Center emergency room to double its size;
- building a new animal shelter;
- building a Vietnamese-American Service Center;
- custody and criminal justice reform and building a new service-based jail facility;
- implementation of the Voter’s Choice Act;
- continued planning for a new HUB for former foster youth; and
- planning for a new juvenile and adult psychiatric inpatient center.
The Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 proposes spending of nearly $8.1 billion. The budget includes all services, operations, capital improvements and reserves. The County Executive’s recommended General Fund budget is $3.7 billion, which covers all discretionary and many mandated services for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019. The budget also adds $275 million into reserves.
For the coming fiscal year, the County Executive is cautioning government leaders and the community that an economic downturn is approaching, and the County will need to shift from expanding services and adding new initiatives to focusing on maintaining current services.
“All indicators show us that an economic slowdown is on the horizon. As the housing market flattens and property tax revenue growth drops and level offs, we need to be cautious in our future spending and service growth. We can’t continue expanding County services at our current rate,” Smith said.
After the recession, County government services experienced several years of significant growth. The County budget grew from $4 billion to over $7 billion as the economy improved, the County infrastructure was rebuilt, the demand for safety net services increased, and the population in Santa Clara County grew to nearly two million residents. However, the current property tax revenue growth of 7% to 8% annually isn’t expected to continue.
Fiscal Year 2019-20 County Executive’s Budget Message
BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE
The budget hearing sessions are another opportunity for the public to engage and comment on the planned allocation of resources before the Board of Supervisors approves a final budget on June 14. Hearings are scheduled for June 10, 11, 12, and 14, 1:30 p.m., County Government Center, Board Chambers, 70 W, Hedding St, San Jose. The sessions are open to the public and can be viewed online.
Monday, June 10, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
- Budget Overview
- Finance and Government Operations: Special Programs and Reserves, Appropriations and Contingencies, Board of Supervisors, Clerk of the Board, County Executive’s Office (including Supportive Housing, LAFCO, Risk Management), Assessor, Procurement, County Counsel, Registrar of Voters, Information Services Department, County Communications, Facilities and Fleet, Capital Budget, County Library, Finance Agency (Controller-Treasurer Department, County Debt Service, County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, Department of Tax and Collections), Employee Services Agency
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
- Health and Hospital: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Community Health Services, Public Health, Custody Health Services, Behavioral Health Services, Emergency Medical Services, Valley Health Plan
- Public Safety and Justice: Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Office of Pretrial Services, Criminal Justice System-wide Costs, Office of the Sheriff, Department of Correction, Probation Department, Medical Examiner-Coroner
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
- Children, Seniors and Families: Department of Child Support Services, In-Home Supportive Services, Social Services Agency
- Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation: Department of Planning and Development, Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency, Roads and Airports Department, County Sanitation District 2-3, Department of Parks and Recreation, Santa Clara County Fire Department, Los Altos Hills Fire District, South Santa Clara County Fire District
Friday, June 14, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
Summary and Wrap Up
ABOUT THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA
The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the fifth largest county in California. With a $7 billion budget, more than 70 agencies/departments and 22,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) hospitals and clinics, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.
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