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Welcome to the County of Alameda’s new budget website. The budget website is part of our larger goal to bring you information about our services in a user-friendly and informative format. It is designed to give you a better understanding of how your tax dollars are invested with highlights on funding for mandated and essential services. The County’s annual budget is the window to the investments that the Board of Supervisors makes in the community on your behalf.

I invite you to read my budget message that highlights the financial and policy issues contained in the FY 2017-18 Proposed Budget that I presented to the Board of Supervisors on June 13, 2017. In addition, in “Budget Documents” you will find details of the FY 2017-18 Proposed Budget.

The County of Alameda is in a stable financial status as a result of the Board of Supervisors’ prudent fiscal policies and decisions. As other counties in the state struggle with revenue shortfalls, often relying on their reserves, Alameda County currently experiences a “remarkably healthy financial position supported by very strong reserves.”* The Board of Supervisors has balanced the annual budget with minimal expenditure cuts and no significant lay-offs since 2009.

Alameda County offers a free Citizens Academy (formerly known as the Adult Leadership Academy) and a free Youth Leadership Academy to introduce the public to our services and operations. To learn more about these, please click here for more information: Citizens Academy or Youth Leadership.

It is a pleasure to share this important information with you as we strive to continue to enrich Alameda County residents through visionary policies and accessible, responsible and effective services.

*Moody’s Rating Update, August 7, 2015

Final Budget
All Funds
Budget
2015-16 Final$2,744,222,509
2016-17 Final$2,971,069,514
Change$226,847,005
Full Time Equivalent Positions
2015-16 Final9,600.12
2016-17 Final9641.25
Change41.13
General Fund
Budget
2015-16 Final$2,428,627,346
2016-17 Final$2,574,567,902
Change$145,940,556
Full Time Equivalent Positions
2015-16 Final7,688.27
2016-17 Final7,696.62
Change8.35
* General Fund includes Grants and Measure A
General Fund
Expenditure
Requirements
$2,508.08
Contingency$43.61
Designation$22.88
Total $2,574.57
AFB*$0.74
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$2,141.23
Designation
Cancellation
$41.95
Property
Taxes
$390.65
Capital Projects
Expenditure
Requirements
$2,58.50
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total $258.50
AFB*$44.54
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$158.74
Designation
Cancellation
$55.22
Property
Taxes
$0.00
Fish and Game
Fund
Expenditure
Requirements
$0.06
Contingency $0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$0.06
AFB*$0.00
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$0.06
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$0.00
Road Fund
Expenditure
Requirements
$81.32
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$81.32
AFB*$31.72
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$49.60
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$0.00
Library Fund
Expenditure
Requirements
$31.64
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$31.64
AFB*$8.88
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$7.29
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$15.47
Library Special Tax
Expenditure
Requirements
$1.90
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$1.90
AFB*$1.58
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$0.01
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$0.31
Property Development Funds
Expenditure
Requirements
$23.09
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$23.09
AFB*$0.00
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$23.09
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$0.00
Total All Funds
Expenditure
Requirements
$2904.58
Contingency$43.61
Designation$22.88
Total$2971.07
AFB*$87.45
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$2380.02
Designation
Cancellation
$97.17
Property
Taxes
$406.43
Appropriation by Program
Capital Projects
General Fund$11,965,233
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$23,086,706
Capital Funds$258,498,074
Total Appropriations$293,550,013
Percent of Total9.9%
Cultural, Recreation & Education
General Fund$0
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$31,635,152
Library Special Tax Zone$1,902,330
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$33,537,482
Percent of Total1.1%
General Government
General Fund$229,846,030
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$229,846,030
Percent of Total7.7%
Public Assistance
General Fund$820,743,815
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$820,743,815
Percent of Total27.6%
Public Protection
General Fund$676,666,488
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$676,726,488
Percent of Total22.8%
Public Ways & Facilities
General Fund$0
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$81,319,350
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$81,319,350
Percent of Total2.7%
Health Care Services
General Fund$696,666,488
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$696,915,,572
Percent of Total23.5%
Non Program Activities
General Fund$90,214,797
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$90,214,797
Percent of Total3.0%
Contingency & Reserves
General Fund$48,215,967
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$48,215,967
Percent of Total1.6%
Budget Total
General Fund$2,574,567,902
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$81,319,350
Library Fund$31,635,152
Library Special Tax Zone$1,902,330
Property Development Funds$23,086,706
Capital Funds$258,498,074
Total Appropriations$2,971,069,514
Percent of Total100%
Appropriation by Major Object
Salaries & Employee Benefits
General Fund$1,081,591,963
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$14,210,000
Library Fund$21,161,389
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$511,719
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$1,117,475,071
Percent of Total37.6%
Services & Supplies
General Fund$962,503,230
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$62,677,218
Library Fund$9,099,742
Library Special Tax Zone$1,899,274
Property Development Funds$1,785,820
Capital Funds$650,000
Total Appropriations$1,038,675,284
Percent of Total35.0%
Other Charges
General Fund$457,202,839
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$935,132
Library Fund$1,186,021
Library Special Tax Zone$3,056
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$2,200,000
Total Appropriations$461,527,048
Percent of Total1.5%
Fixed Assets
General Fund$23,019,339
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$2,497,000
Library Fund$188,000
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$225,000
Capital Funds$249,244,009
Total Appropriations$275,173,348
Percent of Total9.3%
Intra-Fund Transfer
General Fund$(64,581,853)
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$(1,300,000)
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$(65,881,853)
Percent of Total-2.2%
Contingency
General Fund$41,915,967
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$41,915,967
Percent of Total1.4%
Other Financing Uses
General Fund$50,036,305
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$2,300,000
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$20,564,167
Capital Funds$6,404,065
Total Appropriations$79,304,537
Percent of Total2.7%
Reserve/Designation
General Fund$22,880,112
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$22,880,112
Percent of Total0.8%
Budget Total
General Fund$2,574,567,902
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$81,319,350
Library Fund$31,635,152
Library Special Tax Zone$1,902,330
Property Development Funds$23,086,706
Capital Funds$258,498,074
Total Appropriations$2,971,069,514
Percent of Total100%
Total Available Financing by Source
Property Tax Revenues
General Fund$390,652,042
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$15,472,268
Library Special Tax Zone$305,217
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$406,429,527
Percent of Total13.7%
Other Taxes
General Fund$101,882,476
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$5,481,617
Library Fund$2,904,456
Library Special Tax Zone$342
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$110,268,891
Percent of Total3.7%
Licenses, Permits & Franchises
General Fund$9,017,799
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$1,080,013
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$10,097,812
Percent of Total0.3%
Fines, Forfeits & Penalties
General Fund$165,549,196
Fish & Game Fund$59,900
Road Fund$25,000
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$29,568,337
Total Appropriations$46,202,433
Percent of Total1.6%
Use of Money & Property
General Fund$7,868,585
Fish & Game Fund$100
Road Fund$2,590,000
Library Fund$10,000
Library Special Tax Zone$10,000
Property Development Funds$236,706
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$10,715,391
Percent of Total0.4%
State Aid
General Fund$1,019,228,307
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$29,443,725
Library Fund$240,000
Library Special Tax Zone$2000
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$10,628,836
Total Appropriations$1,059,542,868
Percent of Total35.7%
Aid from Federal Government
General Fund$511,802,854
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$3,053,000
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$818,467
Total Appropriations$515,674,321
Percent of Total17.4%
Aid from Local Government Agencies
General Fund$27,385,705
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$6,744,610
Library Fund$975,000
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$35,105,315
Percent of Total1.2%
Charges For Services
General Fund$323,589,802
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$858,700
Library Fund$2,947,626
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$327,396,128
Percent of Total11.0%
Other Revenues
General Fund$86,480,197
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$326,950
Library Fund$210,000
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$22,850,000
Capital Funds$181,533
Total Appropriations$110,048,680
Percent of Total3.7%
Other Financing Sources
General Fund$79,374,706
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$172,759,586
Total Appropriations$252,134,292
Percent of Total8.5%
Available Fund Balance
General Fund$736,233
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$31,715,735
Library Fund$8,875,802
Library Special Tax Zone$1,584,771
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$44,541,315
Total Appropriations$87,453,856
Percent of Total2.9%
Budget Total
General Fund$2,574,567,902
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$81,319,350
Library Fund$31,635,152
Library Special Tax Zone$1,902,330
Property Development Funds$23,086,706
Capital Funds$258,498,074
Total Appropriations$2,971,069,514
Percent of Total100%
Impact of State Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) Property Tax Shift
Funding Gap and Balancing Strategies
Program Area Net County Cost Reductions
(in millions)
General Government$16.9
Health Care$17.6
Public Assistance$7.3
Public Protection$18.4
Countywide Strategies$12.0
Total$72.2
Proposed Budget Balancing Strategies Net County Cost Reductions (in millions)
Ongoing Strategies
Program appropriation reductions$3.4
Program revenue increases$27.4
Subtotal Ongoing Strategies$30.8
One-Time Strategies
Fiscal Management Reward Savings$28.6
One-time appropriation reductions$2.1
One-time revenues$10.7
Subtotal One-Time Strategies$41.4
Grand Total Balancing Strategies$72.2
Program Area Use of FMR (in millions)
General Government$15.9
Health Care$12.2
Public Assistance$0.0
Public Protection$0.6
Total$28.7
General Government
Appropriation Decrease$0.20
Revenue Increase$0.82
Use of FMR$15.91
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$16.93
FTE Reduction0.00
Health Care
Appropriation Decrease$0.66
Revenue Increase$4.77
Use of FMR$12.17
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$17.60
FTE Reduction0.00
Public Assistance
Appropriation Decrease$0.00
Revenue Increase$7.30
Use of FMR$0.00
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$7.30
FTE Reduction0.00
Public Protection
Appropriation Decrease$3.26
Revenue Increase$14.57
Use of FMR$0.57
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$18.40
FTE Reduction0.00
Countywide
Appropriation Decrease$1.31
Revenue Increase$10.69
Use of FMR$0.00
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$12.0
FTE Reduction0.00
Grand Total
Appropriation Decrease$5.43
Revenue Increase$38.15
Use of FMR$28.65
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$72.23
FTE Reduction0.00
Alameda County Property Tax Dollar
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