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The Budget

Financing the County General Fund Budget

County operations are financed through multiple sources of revenue. The following Recommended Budget chart diagrams the amount of funding by major sources and funding from each source as a percent of the total for the General Fund:

Recommended Budget

Recommended Budget Pie Chart

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (in millions) Total = $395.4 million

Blue Dot Taxes, $195 Million – 47%
Green Dot State/Federal, $105 Million – 25%
Turquoise Dot Charges for Services, $41 Million – 10%
Red Dot Prior Year Reserves and Designations, $35 Million – 8%
Purple Dot Other*, $39 Million – 10%

* Includes Licenses/Permits/Franchises ($14.1), Fines/Forfeitures/Penalties ($7.3), Miscellaneous Revenues ($4.7), Use of Money ($9.6), and Other Financing Sources ($3.6).

Property Tax Distribution

Property Tax Distribution Chart

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (in millions) Total = $654.3 million

Blue Dot Schools, $341.3 Million – 53%;
Red Dot County, $184.5 Million – 28%;
Green Dot Cities, $70.4 Million – 11%;
Purple Dot Special Districts, $51.8 Million – 8%;


An appropriation is the authorization by the Board of Supervisors to make expenditures and incur obligations for specific purposes. This chart represents authority given for spending in fiscal year 2012-2013, divided by function.
Administrative Support & Fiscal Services also includes Non-Departmental, which contains revenues and expenditures not allocated directly to departments, and Risk Management, the county's self-insurance funds, which are already reflected in department charges. Without these budget units, Administrative & Fiscal Services would represent 6.4 percent of the total.

Appropriations by Function

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (in millions) Total = $1.28 billion

Purple Dot Development Services – 37%
Green Dot Health & Human services – 25%
Orange Dot Justice Services – 17%
Turquoise Dot Administrative Support & Fiscal Services – 14%
Blue Dot Other County Services – 5%
Red Dot Capital Projects – 2%

Piggy Bank - The Budget

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