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County adopts $1.4B budget

Last week, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.42 billion budget – a 4.4 percent increase over the current fiscal year – for the 2014-15 fiscal year that starts July 1.

Included in the budget is General Fund spending of $390 million, special revenue funds of $508 million and special district funding of $278 million. Funding will be coming from, among other sources, intergovernmental revenues ($513 million), taxes ($312 million), charges for services ($226 million), and use of fund transfers ($153 million).

“The budget process went well,” said 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin. “It’s a lot easier to build a budget than tear one apart.”

The balanced budget will be the last one-year budget the supervisors tackle. Starting next year, the county will be creating a two-year budget, Gorin said.

In her recommendations to the supervisors, Veronica Ferguson, the county administrator, said, “The recommended budget reflects a movement toward modernization and continued fiscal discipline. This movement is perhaps best represented by replacement of the county’s 27-year-old financial system and beginning the implementation of a two-year budget plan.”


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