County Presents Balanced Budget For Consideration

By Mario Conde
The County Board of Supervisors started budget discussions to create a balance budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012.
In a report given by County CEO Ralph Cordova, he said that the proposed budget for the County of Imperial has been difficult to say the least since the State has yet to pass a budget of their own. Cordova said that they are presenting a budget that recommends a lot of adjustments what will bring a balanced budget.
Cordova acknowledged the hard work not only by CEO staff but also the department heads and their fiscal staff.
The overall County proposed budget assumes anticipated general fund revenues of $199,767,423 with an estimated fund balanced carry over from FY 2010-2011 of $10,000,000 for a total of $209,767,423. Proposed general fund expenditures are anticipated to be $216,025, 967. In order to balance, Cordova proposes asked the board to consider and approve the recommendation they are proposing.
The proposed adjustments and savings they are proposing is to hold all merit salaries for 2011-2012 starting July 1st that will have savings for $726,626. Other recommendations include are to not filling budgeted vacancies and will have a savings of $2,423,107. Cordova said that if the positions are needed, they will see it on a case by case basis. The County will also see the reduction of office expenses, special departments expenses, specialized services, and out of County travel by 10%.
The eight recommendations made by executive office would save the County $6, 258,544 for next fiscal year. The proposed budget reflects 2, 127 positions allocations with 70 vacant positions and 234.5 vacant unfunded positions.
“It is important to realize that by accepting our recommendations the proposed budget is balanced, the State of California has yet to adopt a budget and thus the impacts are unknown, but it will very likely require additional budget adjustments.” Cordova said.
The budget hearing will start on August 2nd and the final budget could be approved by August 17.