Inyo County’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget is ready for approval. According to the Board of Supervisors the entire Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget document is now available online at the County’s webpage, offering the public an opportunity to review the proposed $96 million dollar 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 is over 500 pages long, for those looking for a lighter reading, also available on the County’s webpage is the Introduction & Summary of the Fiscal year 22016-2017 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 County Administrator Kevin Carunchio, it is there 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’s 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. 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.

In the document, Carunchio also offers his thanks and praise to every County Department but in particular to Budget Analyst Denelle Carrington and Auditor-Controller Amy Sheperd, 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.