May 6, 2014
After receiving extensive information about the programs of county departments and much thoughtful consideration, the county's nine Citizen Budget Advisory Committees (CBACs) have released their recommendations for the 2014-15 budget (below). Approximately 70 members of the public served on the CBACs which independently review and make dozens of recommendations concerning county departmental budgets. They present their recommendations both in writing and direct testimony to the Board of County Commissioners. One CBAC is assigned to each major county department or office. This year's recommendations range from continuing to emphasize collaboration within and between county departments and offices, to prioritizing support and funding for county mental health services in an effort to reduce the prevalence of related problems like homelessness, crime, and people who have problems and don't know where to turn. Although not all recommendations are ultimately adopted, public input improves how the county uses revenue and delivers services.
Read the CBAC recommendations that your fellow community members made for each department and office:
Learn more about the CBAC program and how you can participate.