The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted today to adopt the County’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2019/2020. The budget was presented to the Board by County Administrative Officer, Jean Rousseau, during the annual budget hearing.
The adopted budget totals $3.67 billion across all funds, which marks an 11.1% ($366.98 million) increase over the previous year’s budget.
“This year’s recommended budget is balanced utilizing conservative revenue estimates, while increasing general reserves, and allocating funds to address critical capital needs,” says Fresno County District 5 Supervisor, Nathan Magsig. “The County continues to maintain a focus on fiscal sustainability, competitive salaries and benefits, and providing much needed upgrades to our Capital infrastructure.”
Highlights of this year’s County budget include:
- Supporting a workforce of 8,053 positions (a net increase of 158 over last fiscal year)
- $19.9 million dedicated to Capital Projects
- $0.5 million new Emergency Medical Services Building
- $1.9 million for Parks projects
- $3 million for Animal Control Facility
- $4 million for Hall of Records Board Chambers
- $4.5 million for new Sheriff substation
- $6 million for new Ag Commissioner Building
- $18 million increase in General Reserves
- $10 million for lease/purchase of Rowell Building
- SB-1 funding of $17-20 million for County road improvements
- Addition of 18 positions to Public Defenders Office to address high case load
Additionally, this year’s budget establishes a $10 million Budget Mitigation Reserve to address any future budget uncertainties.
The Fresno County budget for FY 19/20 is a fiscally responsible proposal that reflects the County’s core values, sustains current staffing and service levels, and adds operational capacity for some targeted public services.
The recommended budget is available online on the County’s website HERE.