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County passes budget with 6% growth

By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday formally approved a $1.37 billion budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that begins July 1.

Sonoma County Administration Building (PD FILE)

Sonoma County Administration Building (PD FILE)

The 5-0 vote affirmed the board’s discussion and preliminary endorsement Monday of the spending plan. It increases overall spending by 6 percent and grows county staffing by 4.7 percent, largely in health and human service and public safety departments.

It maintains about $16 million in county discretionary spending on road upkeep and supports two long-proposed computer system upgrades but postpones investment in many other program areas. Spending in most county departments is set to remain flat or see minimal growth.

The budget, including a $398 million general fund, is the first in five years to project a rise in discretionary spending. It assumes a .75 percent increase in property tax revenue and a 3 percent increase in county sales tax receipts.

Board Chairman David Rabbitt called it a “cautious budget.”

“I’d certainly rather stay on the conservative side than roll the dice,” Rabbitt said. “It is putting us in a stronger fiscal position.”





2 Responses to “County passes budget with 6% growth”

  1. GAJ says:

    Sonoma County crime rate is half that of the State and the Nation.

    We have enough cops running around…to say that they should continue to get an ever growing piece of the budget is simply not warranted by statistics.

    In 1999 the crime rate in Santa Rosa, for example, was 40% higher than it was in 2011.

    Rohnert Park’s crime rate is the same as Santa Rosa’s but every other City in the County has LOWER crime rates than Santa Rosa.

    Did you feel safe in 1999?

    I did.

    We are far safer today with improved technologies and tactics.

    There is no need to continually increase the amount of budget monies allocated to Law Enforcement in this County.

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  2. Snarky says:

    We need the roads paved more than we need to bloat out the public safety departments.

    But I guess the roads don’t have a union.

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