Approximately 40 people attended the training workshop for Citizen Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) members on December 6th. The CBAC members will serve on nine committees that will make recommendations to county commissioners about funding next year for programs in the county's major departments and offices. During the workshop, members learned about creating effective performance measures to gauge program success, the budget process and timeline, as well as the budget forecast for the upcoming year. County Chair Jeff Cogen kicked off the training by describing the importance of the CBACs and welcoming the members. He was followed with presentations by County Auditor Steve March, Budget Director Karyne Kieta, and CBAC program manager Jim Lasher.
Earlier in the day the county's Budget Office presented the preliminary budget forecast to the board of commissioners for the upcoming year. It forecasted an ongoing gap between revenues and expenditures of $5.2 million (1.3% of county expenditures).