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Released by: Board of Supervisors
For Immediate Release

Board of Supervisors  Unanimously Approves the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget

Board makes additional priority investments in roads, housing, fire services, law enforcement, social services, and parks

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 16, 2017  –  On June 15, 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $1.59 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018. The budget funds ongoing critical community services while preparing for our future through targeted investments of limited resources in strategic priorities. Due to significant economic uncertainties faced by local governments, the recommended budget is overall flat when compared to the prior budget, reflecting a reprioritization of funding rather than additional funding.

As presented by County Administrator Sheryl Bratton during four days of public hearings, the county faces continued challenges in ensuring all residents in our community have the opportunity to succeed. Moreover, there is a fair amount of uncertainty ahead given general economic cycles and a new federal administration. The expected threats from the federal government are magnified locally because they also have the effect of diminishing state support for core county services, particularly related to Health and Human Services.

“The county budget approved today invests in our strategic priorities while protecting our core services and infrastructure investments.  We must aggressively advocate for our community in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to resist the coming fiscal and policy threats,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane.  “The county’s budget funds programs that impact our daily lives.  From the roads we drive on to the health and human services that save lives every day.  Together, this Board agreed to approve a budget that directly invests in our families, environment, infrastructure and economy.  I am thankful for the community input we received and look forward to working with our county departments to implement the key programs and services included in this budget.”

This budget reflects funding for the Board’s strategic initiatives: resource conservation through a holistic Healthy Watersheds approach; investing and incentivizing Housing for All in our community to address homelessness and Sonoma County’s housing shortage; Rebuilding our Infrastructure through investments in roads, facilities, and neighborhoods; and Securing our Safety Net by focusing on the most vulnerable individuals in Sonoma County like children, seniors and people with disabilities. The Board also provided direction to invest funding from Measure L, including one million dollars each for roads, fire services, and regional parks, as well as funding for affordable housing.   

“There is no question that uncertainty can make budgeting difficult and be unsettling to the organization,” said County Administrator Sheryl Bratton.  “However, with the Board’s leadership our organization is well equipped to embrace the challenges ahead.  I look forward to working together with the Board, our community, and county staff to achieve the goals set forth in this budget.”

All budget documents are available to the public online at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov.

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County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
Address
575 Administration Drive
Room 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464626, -122.725441
 

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