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2024-25 Recommended Budget Approved

Jun 11, 2024 02:10PM ● By Sacramento County News Release

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on June 5 to approve the $8.8 billion Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-25.

The $8.8 billion spending plan consists of $3.5 billion in Enterprise and Special Revenue Fund appropriations (utility rates, fees and other dedicated revenue), $3.8 billion in General Fund appropriations (funded with $990 million in discretionary resources, $1.5 billion in reimbursements from restricted funds, and the remaining $1.3 billion in Federal, State and fee revenue dedicated to specific purposes), and $1.5 billion in Restricted Funds.

The Recommended Budget recognized new or enhanced areas of growth, including:

Health Services increased by $28.4 million for increased acute psychiatric inpatient costs, Behavioral Health Bridge Housing funding, increased capacity and services at Permanent Supportive Housing units, and behavioral health services at the Youth Detention Facility.

Child, Family and Adult Services increased by $5.7 million ($4.5 million Net County Cost) for Child Protective Services welcome and assessment center services and family resource center court-mandated parenting workshops.

Human Assistance increased by $4.2 million ($100,000 Net County Cost) for childcare payments for CalWORKs participants and funding for a position in the County Veterans Services Office.

The sheriff increased by $3.9 million ($1.2 million Net County Cost) for a mobile command vehicle, required software expenditures and required body-worn camera licenses and equipment.

Correctional Health Services increased by $3.4 million ($300,000 Net County Cost) for a Medication Assisted Treatment Program, additional pharmacy positions (both of which support the County’s obligations under the Mays Consent Decree Remedial Plan) and a new electronic health record system.

Community Development increased by $1.2 million ($1 million Net County Cost) to support the Infill Acceleration Program, the Climate Action Plan and two Planning Technician positions.

Homeless Services and Housing increased by $1 million (before reimbursements) to fund beds at a planned Safe Stay Community and three new positions and services supporting administration for the department.

This year’s reductions totaled $6 million, which will result in the deletion of 31 vacant full-time equivalent (FTE) positions as well as other budget reductions across several departments. No filled positions were recommended for deletion.

The Recommended Budget’s most significant reductions include:

Health Services reduced by $2.2 million including consulting contracts, operational supplies and the deletion of 14 vacant FTE positions.

Child, Family and Adult Services reduced by $1.8 million, including the deletion of 16 vacant FTE positions.

In addition to staff recommendations, the Board added two full-time equivalent positions: a criminal attorney in the District Attorney’s office and a criminal attorney in the Public Defender’s Office. The funding for those two positions will come out of the appropriation for contingency, reducing that appropriation from $15.1 million to $14.5 million.

The Board also supported a three-year funding commitment to the Black Child Legacy Campaign in future budget recommendations through Fiscal Year 2026-27.

By the Numbers:

Total Budget: $8.8 billion

General Fund: $3.8 billion

Enterprise and Special Revenue: $3.5 billion

Restricted Funds: $1.5 billion

Number of Employees: 13,646