Inyo CAO Recommended Budget available for public viewing

Press release
The entire Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget document is available online at the County’s webpage, www.inyocounty.us, offering the public an opportunity to review the proposed $95,978,087 spending plan coming up for possible adoption next week.
Publication of the Budget comes as the result of many weeks of analysis, calculation, research, meetings, planning, writing, and review by staff Countywide.
The Recommended Budget details the revenue and expenditures being proposed for each of the County’s 19 departments, and 136 budget units, for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year, which runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
The Recommended Budget will be considered by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors when the County’s Budget Hearings commence at 1 p.m. during the Board’s regular Tuesday, September 6, 2016 meeting in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, in Independence.
By State law, County Budget Hearings may extend for 10 consecutive days, and the County has until October 2, 2016, to adopt its final budget for the year.
“Adoption of the County Budget is arguably the most important action the Board of Supervisors takes each year,” said County Administrator Kevin Carunchio. “The Budget is the County’s spending plan and, as such, sets Inyo County’s service and program priorities for the coming year. It tells what the County intends to spend the taxpayers’ money on – and more to the point, how and why. If citizens want to know what’s happening in the County or, more importantly, influence its priorities, there’s no better time to get involved in local government than during the budget process. I encourage all residents and business owners to review the Recommended Budget, and consider coming to the Budget Hearings.”
For those looking for lighter reading, also available on the County’s webpage is the Introduction & Summary of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget. The Introduction & Summary, or Budget Message, looks at the “big-picture” fiscal challenges and opportunities faced by the County this fiscal year.
According to Carunchio, it is here where taxpayers will find discussion of the why’s and how’s of requested expenditures, and whether department requests have made it to the CAO Recommended Budget unchanged, with modifications, or not at all; the differences between the Department Requested Budget and the CAO Recommended Budget are highlighted in detail.
The Introduction & Summary also highlights for the Board and County departments which funding sources are stable, which can be relied on less and less given current trends and future projections, and which State and Federal funding sources are rapidly dwindling to the point that their intended purposes are close to becoming unfunded mandates, Carunchio said.
It includes concise information about the county’s income (from taxes, fees, and other sources) and a breakdown of expenses by function (i.e. Public Safety, Roads, Public Assistance, Public Health, General Services, etc.).  For those new to the Budget process, the Introduction & Summary offers this information in easy-to-understand language.
Carunchio noted the Budget Message contains both the good and the not-so-good aspects of the County’s budget situation, and discusses challenges and opportunities facing the County in this and coming fiscal years. For example, it notes the continuing hard work of many Department Heads to reduce expenses, the ongoing successes of Service Redesign, and exciting projects that can be realized this fiscal year.
The Budget Message also acknowledges the hard work that went into crafting the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget. In the document, Carunchio offers his thanks and praise to every County Department but in particular to Budget Analyst Denelle Carrington and Auditor-Controller Amy Shepherd, who he said put in many long hours providing information, input, and expertise to help ensure the County has a balanced and forward-thinking spending plan.
A hard copy of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget is available in the Board Clerk’s Office at the County Administrative Center in Independence, 224 N. Edwards St.
 

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2 Responses to Inyo CAO Recommended Budget available for public viewing

  1. G. Wallace September 1, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    So, Inyo County plans to spend $ 95 million of public money on itself but will not honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a holiday.

    What gives?

     
  2. Charles James September 3, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    G. Wallace: Your implication is County employees don’t have MLK Day off as a paid-holiday is attributable to racism is misguided. County employees have 5-Flex Days that they can use to take off any day during the year, including a recognized national (or state) holiday that may or may not be recognized by their employer as one that everyone should have off. The paid-holidays are negotiated by the county with its employees and unions. Some county employees might chose MLK Day, while others chose their own birthday in celebration of, well, themselves, or someone special in their own personal life. Native American Day is a holiday in the U.S. state in California. Some county employees take it off because, well, they are Native American. Cesar Chavez Day is a recent addition as a federal commemorative holiday in the U.S. by proclamation of President Obama in 2014.
    The 2010 United States Census reported that Inyo County had a population of 18,546. The racial makeup of Inyo County was 13,741 (74.1%) White, 109 (0.6%) African American, 2,121 (11.4%) Native American, 243 (1.3%) Asian, 16 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,676 (9.0%) from other races, and 640 (3.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,597 persons (19.4%). The actual number of African Americans in Inyo County is 109 or .6%.
    The fact that Inyo County is overwhelmingly White and tilts slightly conservative and Republican politically, and that most Americans are fiscally conservative and averse to paying more taxes for things like paid-holidays which incur significant costs to the taxpayer, is a more likely explanation of why MLK Day is not celebrated as a mandatory paid-holiday off for all county employees.
    Personally, I don’t buy that racism is the only reason. There are many very good people living here in this county and I suspect most of them just simply don’t walk around thinking about race relations unless they just watched something (usually negative unfortunately) about it in the national news. In that, they are just like most Americans, especially White Americans, where race just simply does not play all that important a role in their lives…or at least not to the extent that they are aware of it as a daily concern. It’s one of the reasons why it is so difficult to have a dialogue on race in our country, even if it is definitely needed.
    A Reuters poll came out showing that 40% of white Americans have zero non-white friends, and only 20% of white Americans have five or more nonwhite friends. People seemed shocked that the numbers were so bad. The reverse is also largely true when it comes to the number of white friends that African Americans have. It is not always as simple as racism; it’s more that most people of any race or ethnicity prefer to be around others that are more like them than not, including their race, ethnicity, social affiliations, etc.. It’s largely about being “comfortable” around others and in many communities such as Inyo County, I suspect that the very few African Americans in our county might be grateful that almost 75% of the county that is White isn’t trying to “befriend” them, which could easily be attributed to being “politically correct,if not gratuitous.
    Our schools, where the history and educational importance of MLK taught, are closed in recognition on MLK Day. And that in my opinion, is a good thing.
    BTW, thanks for using your own name and sharing your opinion. Race is a subject worthy of discussion…and there needs to be a whole lot more of it. The problem? How to go about it in a way that ALL Americans are willing to talk about it.

     

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