Mendocino county finances have been making headlines lately in several ways. The State controller authorized an audit; the county Auditor is facing criminal charges and has been suspended and there are concerns that County government is living beyond its means with reserves only equal to less than a month worth of operating expenses.
During budget hearings in June, the Board of Supervisors directed the Executive Office to work with departments and community partners to identify functions of the County which community members and nonprofits could fulfill the role at a lower cost to the County. The fiscal year 23/24 budget approved the use of approximately seven million dollars ($7,000,000) in one-time monies to cover expenses that will recur on an annual basis. Without cuts to the County budget, the structural deficit is projected to grow to more than ten million dollars ($10,000,000) in fiscal year 24/25. Meanwhile employee contracts are also under negotiation, which could further increase County expenses. As such, the Board has undertaken a larger effort to reduce expenses related to nonessential operations.
What changes are under review?
Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde will discuss the county’s current fiscal situation and possible next steps for the County.