Final touches put on county budget

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By Jennifer Garcia

It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, the proposed county budget has been worked on and budget hearings are right around the corner.

One of the big changes to the budget concerns the Capital Improvement Program process. According to the budget summary, when the FY 2010 proposed budget was being developed, a new CIP process was initiated by the county.

The process requires a new project to go through a two-phase process. In the first phase, successful applicants would only receive funding to study new project alternatives to come up with a preferred site, program, basic site design and baseline budget. If the council approved the projects, they would then move to a phase two application, in which they would ask for complete funds to execute the project.

Just like the operating budget, the proposed CIP is structured to support council’s strategic goals and objectives.

The total revenues and other sources in the FY 2010 budget are projected to be $181.7 million. This is an increase, compared to last year’s adopted budget, which weighed in at $176.5 million.

There are a number of components that contributed to the $5.2 million change.

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