The annual budget preparation cycle begins with the development of a detailed budget manual and calendar in
or around March. This contains all the pertinent information departments need to prepare their requests for the
upcoming year, and is usually adopted by Commissioners in April.
The Budget Office prepares and distributes all wage and fringe benefit costs and several other costs such as
courier service, telephone, and utilities, which must be included in the departmental budgets. Human Resources
and Management Information Services also provide information regarding classifications and automation costs,
respectively. After receipt of this information, departments project the remaining operating costs and prepare
their requests for equipment and other capital expenditures.
Submission of Departmental Budget Requests; Anticipated Concerns; Statistical Information:
All departments have several weeks to prepare the budget information and submit it to the Budget Office.
The Controller's Office contacts all previously funded community agencies to notify them of the availability
of funds. Similarly, public notice is given concerning these monies. Most county departments enter their
budget requests directly into the computer system and submit all the required information within the
Departments must submit with their requests a written statement of anticipated changes for the upcoming
year in the fiscal, social, or political environment which may affect the provision of services.