This is a guest post sent to us from a regular reader and “County Budget Watchdog”. (We can’t verify everything in this but it certainly raises interesting questions.)
“As of June 30, 2013 the county’s total unfunded liability for pensions was $213.1 million — almost double the liability that had existed as of June 30, 2008,” according to the budget report.
It would take over 35 years of Measure Z monies at $6 million per year to pay the above.
General Fund expenses are estimated to exceed revenues by $2.1 million
“Due to the condition of the county’s budget over the last five years, appropriation of General Fund dollars for county building maintenance has been minimal, and often deferred completely,” the budget report states. “The deferral of building maintenance has resulted in an emergency situation
Some of us seem to remember a Department of Public Works Parks building at ACV (Arcata/Eureka Airport in McKinleyville) had a mold issue and a leaking roof during the last few budgets.
COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT
For the meeting of: February 10, 2015
Date: January 23, 2015
To: Board of Supervisors
From: Phillip Smith-Hanes, County Administrative Officer -f^^
Subject: Mid-Year Budget Review for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15, Budget Outlook for FY 2015-16, and Recommendations for Budget Adjustments (4/5 Vote Required)
3530 – Aviation Enterprise Fund
The Aviation Enterprise Fund began this fiscal year with a negative fund balance of ($525,519). In the first quarter budget report the department was estimating that the negative fund balance would be reduced by $22,139, leaving a fund balance of ($503,780). The department now estimates that the negative fund balance will increase by ($427,974) for a year end negative fund balance of ($953,493). This significant backward movement is the result of unanticipated expenses such as $145,000 in tree topping services and the loss of fuel sales and flights.
Based on the 5 Year Financial Forecast that was before your Board on January 27th the Aviation Fund has an ongoing annual structural deficit of over $700,000.
The Aviation Fund will be unable to submit a balanced budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.”
The county-owned Public Defender’s Office and District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Services Team office building at the intersection of 4th and K streets in Eureka is also in need of over repairs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Phase One of the ADA improvements, which would renovate the parking lot and doorways, would cost the county over $630,000.
“While these improvements place the county in compliance with federal ADA requirements, these improvements do not in turn fix the ineffective layout of the building, provide efficient office space and address the extensive deferred maintenance,” the budget report states. “In-kind building replacement is an option and is estimated at $2.4 million.”