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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 Final Budget that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 30, 2017. In addition, in “Budget Documents” you will find details of the FY 2017-18 Final 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
2016-17 Final$2,971,069,514
2017-18 Final$3,172,777,920
Change$201,708,406
Full Time Equivalent Positions
2016-17 Final9,641.25
2017-18 Final9,708.22
Change66.97
General Fund
Budget
2016-17 Final$2,574,567,902
2017-18 Final$2,750,203,955
Change$175,636,053
Full Time Equivalent Positions
2016-17 Final7,696.62
2017-18 Final7,752.57
Change55.95
* General Fund includes Grants and Measure A
General Fund
Expenditure
Requirements
$2,683.30
Contingency$43.61
Designation$23.30
Total $2,750.20
AFB*$0.00
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$2,282.08
Designation
Cancellation
$48.67
Property
Taxes
$419.46
Capital Funds
Expenditure
Requirements
$274.84
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total $274.84
AFB*$95.63
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$163.39
Designation
Cancellation
$15.82
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
$90.77
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$90.77
AFB*$29.90
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$60.87
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$0.00
Library Fund
Expenditure
Requirements
$33.85
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$33.85
AFB*$9.95
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$7.66
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$16.25
Library Special Tax
Expenditure
Requirements
$1.27
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$1.27
AFB*$0.93
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$0.01
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$0.32
Property Development Funds
Expenditure
Requirements
$21.79
Contingency$0.00
Designation$0.00
Total$21.79
AFB*$0.00
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$21.79
Designation
Cancellation
$0.00
Property
Taxes
$0.00
Total All Funds
Expenditure
Requirements
$3,105.87
Contingency$43.61
Designation$23.30
Total$3,172.78
AFB*$136.41
Miscellaneous
Revenue
$2,535.85
Designation
Cancellation
$64.49
Property
Taxes
$436.02
* Available Fund Balance
Appropriation by Program
Capital Projects
General Fund$13,608,266
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$21,786,706
Capital Funds$274,837,631
Total Appropriations$310,232,603
Percent of Total9.8%
Cultural, Recreation & Education
General Fund$0
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$33,853,255
Library Special Tax Zone$1,267,104
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$35,120,359
Percent of Total1.1%
General Government
General Fund$243,856,368
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$243,856,368
Percent of Total7.7%
Public Assistance
General Fund$835,402,259
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$835,402,259
Percent of Total26.3%
Public Protection
General Fund$705,782,091
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$704,842,091
Percent of Total22.2%
Public Ways & Facilities
General Fund$0
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$90,769,269
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$90,769,269
Percent of Total2.9%
Health Care Services
General Fund$808,403,246
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$808,403,246
Percent of Total25.5%
Non Program Activities
General Fund$92,845,614
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$92,845,614
Percent of Total2.9%
Contingency & Reserves
General Fund$50,306,111
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$50,306,111
Percent of Total1.6%
Budget Total
General Fund$2,750,203,955
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$90,769,269
Library Fund$33,853,255
Library Special Tax Zone$1,267,104
Property Development Funds$21,786,706
Capital Funds$274,837,631
Total Appropriations$3,172,777,920
Percent of Total100.0%
Appropriation by Major Object
Salaries & Employee Benefits
General Fund$1,133,771,769
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$14,314,200
Library Fund$23,060,189
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$516,063
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$1,171,662,221
Percent of Total36.9%
Services & Supplies
General Fund$1,038,845,838
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$72,461,611
Library Fund$9,640,816
Library Special Tax Zone$1,258,898
Property Development Funds$1,771,308
Capital Funds$500,000
Total Appropriations$1,124,538,471
Percent of Total35.4%
Other Charges
General Fund$506,579,932
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$570,458
Library Fund$964,250
Library Special Tax Zone$8,206
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$2,000,000
Total Appropriations$510,122,846
Percent of Total16.1%
Fixed Assets
General Fund$27,696,744
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$2,323,000
Library Fund$188,000
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$225,000
Capital Funds$272,337,631
Total Appropriations$302,770,375
Percent of Total9.5%
Intra-Fund Transfer
General Fund$(75,720,192)
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$(1,200,000)
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$(76,920,192)
Percent of Total-2.4%
Contingency
General Fund$43,606,111
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$43,606,111
Percent of Total1.4%
Other Financing Uses
General Fund$52,123,753
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$2,300,000
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$19,274,335
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$73,698,088
Percent of Total2.4%
Reserve/Designation
General Fund$23,300,000
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$23,300,000
Percent of Total0.8%
Budget Total
General Fund$2,750,203,955
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$83,629,269
Library Fund$33,853,255
Library Special Tax Zone$1,267,104
Property Development Funds$21,786,706
Capital Funds$274,837,631
Total Appropriations$3,093,506,150
Percent of Total100%
Total Available Financing by Source
Property Tax Revenues
General Fund$419,456,131
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$16,245,881
Library Special Tax Zone$320,478
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$436,022,490
Percent of Total13.7%
Other Taxes
General Fund$106,847,768
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$5,382,033
Library Fund$2,905,080
Library Special Tax Zone$359
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$115,135,240
Percent of Total3.6%
Licenses, Permits & Franchises
General Fund$9,157,720
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$1,086,793
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$10,244,513
Percent of Total0.3%
Fines, Forfeits & Penalties
General Fund$15,417,955
Fish & Game Fund$59,900
Road Fund$25,000
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$14,275,194
Total Appropriations$29,778,,049
Percent of Total0.9%
Use of Money & Property
General Fund$8,577,006
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$11,423,812
Percent of Total0.4%
State Aid
General Fund$1,073,939,493
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$33,641,346
Library Fund$240,000
Library Special Tax Zone$2000
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$40,556,867
Total Appropriations$1,140,379,706
Percent of Total36.2%
Aid from Federal Government
General Fund$515,592,967
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$2,710,176
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$518,302,873
Percent of Total16.3%
Aid from Local Government Agencies
General Fund$29,354,916
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$11,985,000
Library Fund$975,000
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$42,314,916
Percent of Total1.3%
Charges for Services
General Fund$328,084,628
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$1,433,700
Library Fund$3,316,852
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$0
Total Appropriations$332,835,180
Percent of Total10.5%
Other Revenues
General Fund$158,925,851
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$2,014,200
Library Fund$210,000
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$21,550,000
Capital Funds$450,000
Total Appropriations$183,150,051
Percent of Total5.8%
Other Financing Sources
General Fund$84,849,790
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$0
Library Fund$0
Library Special Tax Zone$0
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$123,927,655
Total Appropriations$208,777,445
Percent of Total6.6%
Available Fund Balance
General Fund$0
Fish & Game Fund$0
Road Fund$29,901,021
Library Fund$9,950,442
Library Special Tax Zone$934,267
Property Development Funds$0
Capital Funds$95,627,915
Total Appropriations$136,413,645
Percent of Total4.3%
Budget Total
General Fund$2,750,203,955
Fish & Game Fund$60,000
Road Fund$90,769,269
Library Fund$33,853,255
Library Special Tax Zone$1,267,104
Property Development Funds$21,786,706
Capital Funds$274,837,631
Total Appropriations$3,172,777,920
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$22.3
Health Care$19.3
Public Assistance$51.4
Public Protection$13.6
Countywide Strategies$1.9
Total$108.5
Proposed Budget Balancing Strategies Net County Cost Reductions (in millions)
Ongoing Strategies
Program appropriation reductions$24.9
Program revenue increases$38.9
Subtotal Ongoing Strategies$63.8
One-Time Strategies
Fiscal Management Reward Savings$30.8
One-time appropriation reductions$2.6
One-time revenues$11.3
Subtotal One-Time Strategies$44.7
Grand Total Balancing Strategies$108.5
Program Area Use of FMR (in millions)
General Government$20.5
Health Care$7.0
Public Assistance$0.0
Public Protection$3.3
Total$30.8
General Government
Appropriation Decrease$0.3
Revenue Increase$1.5
Use of FMR$20.5
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$22.3
FTE Reduction0.00
Health Care
Appropriation Decrease$8.9
Revenue Increase$3.4
Use of FMR$7.0
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$19.3
FTE Reduction1.35
Public Assistance
Appropriation Decrease$16.0
Revenue Increase$35.4
Use of FMR$0.0
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$51.4
FTE Reduction0.00
Public Protection
Appropriation Decrease$2.3
Revenue Increase$8.0
Use of FMR$3.30
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$13.6
FTE Reduction0.00
Countywide
Appropriation Decrease$0.0
Revenue Increase$1.9
Use of FMR$0.0
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$1.9
FTE Reduction0.00
Grand Total
Appropriation Decrease$27.5
Revenue Increase$50.2
Use of FMR$30.8
Total Reduction
Including FMR
$108.5
FTE Reduction1.35
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