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Board of Supervisors to Address $219.6 Million Shortfall During Budget Workshops


At budget workshops beginning Tuesday, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will review proposed budget recommendations for Fiscal Year 2012. County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith is recommending that the Board adopt a budget that addresses the County’s $219.6 million General Fund shortfall. The County is facing the 10th consecutive year of significant general fund deficits and over that period closed funding gaps totaling $1.8 billion.

Like many California counties, the County of Santa Clara suffers from an ongoing structural imbalance in its budget. The worst economic recession since the Great Depression has dramatically reduced local property taxes, state program revenues, and federal program revenues – three major county revenue sources. The current methods used to finance county government are inadequate to cover the cost to maintain the existing level of services. When the economy is strong, there is more tax revenue to support programs and services. When the economy is weak, as it has been for the past several years, the demand for County safety net services is greater – at the same time that revenue shrinks.

The County Executive is recommending a total County budget of $4.0 billion, of which the General Fund share is $2.1 billion. The $219.6 million deficit applies to the General Fund, which supports services which do not have fully dedicated funding, such as the Sheriff, District Attorney, jails, hospitals and clinics, mental health, and public health to name a few. Funds for operations such as Parks and Roads and Airports are not included in the General Fund.

Recommended reductions do not include reductions which may be required once the FY 2012 State budget is approved sometime in the summer.

May 17, May 18, and May 19, 2011

Board Chambers, County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose

County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith
Agency/Department Heads


Board of Supervisors Budget Workshops

Board Chambers, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – 1:30 p.m.

  • Budget Overview
  • Children, Seniors and Families: Department of Child Support Services, In Home Supportive Services
  • Health and Hospital: Children’s Shelter and Custody Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Community Health Services, Valley Health Plan, Public Health, Mental Health

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Children, Seniors and Families, continued: Social Services Agency
  • Health and Hospital, continued: Valley Medical Center

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 1:30 p.m.

  • Finance and Government Operations: Special Programs and Reserves, Contingencies, Board of Supervisors, Clerk of the Board, County Executive’s Office and LAFCO/Affordable Housing, Assessor, Procurement, County Counsel, Registrar of Voters, Information Services Department, Three Year Technology Plan, County Communications, Facilities and Fleet, Capital Programs, County Library, Employee Services Agency, Finance Agency

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:30 p.m.

  • Public Safety and Justice: Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Sheriff, Medical Examiner-Coroner, Office of the Public Defender, Office of Pretrial Services, Department of Correction, Probation, Criminal Justice System-wide Costs,
  • Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation: Measure B, Planning and Development, Agriculture and Environmental Management, Parks and Recreation, and Roads and Airports Department.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
Special public session for members of the public to speak on the FY 2012 Recommended Budget.

Budget hearing meetings to make final decisions on the FY 2012 Budget will take place June 13-17, 2011.

County Executive’s FY 2012 Recommended Budget is located at under Hot Items

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: May 16, 2011