Board of Supervisors adopts final budget

By From page A3 | October 04, 2017

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors formally adopted the $569 million operating budget for fiscal year 2017-18 on Sept. 26, which they conceptually approved September 19.

“The state of California requires counties to adopt their final budget prior to Oct. 2 of each year and by doing so the Board of Supervisors cemented its commitment to responsibly plan for the future, augment its reserve funds, attend to critical road repair and building maintenance and maintain services to its residents,” said Chief Administrative Officer Don Ashton.

The adopted budget includes the following:

  • $5.4 million to fully fund the General Fund contingency
  • $8.5 million to fully fund the county’s General Reserve
  • $5 million to fully fund the Capital Reserves fund
  • $3.5 million in emergency road repairs
  • $3 million in local funding for road maintenance
  • $1 million to improve the county’s information technology infrastructure
  • $7.1 million to fund future CalPERS and Other Post-Employment Benefit costs
  • $250,000 for Community Planning

Noting that while the board was able to fully fund contingency and reserve accounts and achieve goals embodied in the June recommended budget, Ashton indicated that the county must continue to look for efficiencies in the coming years in order to meet state mandates out of the board’s control and be responsive to residents’ needs.

“While this budget reflects the good work we have done this past year, we now begin the work of the next fiscal year’s budget, trying to balance the realities of an older population that is growing exponentially and will require maintained or increased levels of service, while still preserving a rural lifestyle,” Ashton said.

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