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Public Defender
Recommended Expenditures
By Program 2017-18 Recommended Change from 2016-17 Adopted
Administration & Support
 
$997,356
9%
$1,871,557
65.2%
Adult Legal Services
 
$9,621,123
84%
$1,308,144
15.7%
Juvenile Legal Services
 
$875,127
8%
$466,525
114.2%
Total Department
 
$11,493,606
100%
$96,888
0.8%
Mission Statement

Our Mission is to zealously protect the rights, liberties and dignity of all persons in Santa Barbara County and maintain the integrity and fairness of the American Justice System by providing the finest legal representation in the cases entrusted to us through compassionate and innovative advocacy with care and respect for our clients.  

 

About the Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office helps the County meet its obligation to provide effective and capable representation to County residents who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. The law requires the Public Defender:

 

Defend adults charged with crimes triable in the Superior Court;

Defend persons charged with Death Penalty crimes;

Defend minors in the Juvenile Court; 

Defend persons charged with Contempt of Court;

Protect County residents who can no longer care for themselves for reasons such as: physically disabled, suffer from mental illness, Alzheimer’s, or dementia; 

Go to Court on behalf of persons claiming to be held unlawfully in jail or prison, and on behalf of persons held in mental health facilities.

 

Each day, the Public Defender appears in 25 different courtrooms in our Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc Superior Courts.

Recommended Changes and Operational Impact

 

Staffing

No change in current staffing. Note reclassification of Legal Office Professionals from Administration & Support to Adult Legal Services and Juvenile Legal Services to more appropriately reflect their role and to be consistent with other County departments.

Expenditures

Net operating expenditure decrease of $96,900 due to:

o-$290,100 decrease in Salaries and Employee Benefits primarily due to funded positions being filled with extra-help employees, offsetting any additional costs due to negotiated labor agreements and an increase in benefit costs.

o-$11,100 decrease in Services and Supplies for miscellaneous costs.

o+$204,300 increase in Other Charges, primarily for General Liability Insurance ($192,100).

 

These changes result in recommended operating expenditures of $11,493,600, non-operating expenditures of $0, and total expenditures of $11,493,600.

 

Revenues

Net operating revenue increase of $161,500 due to:

o+$151,500 increase in Intergovernmental Revenue from Proposition 172 Sales Tax Revenues.

o+$10,000 increase in Charges for Services due to an increase in the collection of court-ordered Public Defender Fees.

 

Net non-operating revenue decrease of $258,300 due to:

o+$15,800 increase in Intrafund Expenditure Transfers due to AB 109 funding.

o-$80,000 decrease in Fund Balance Release due to one time expansion in FY 16-17.

o-$194,100 decrease in General Fund Contribution.

 

These changes result in recommended operating revenues of $3,763,700, non-operating revenues of $7,729,900, and total revenues of $11,493,600. Non-operating revenues include General Fund Contribution and intra-fund transfers.

 

Proposed Changes and Operational Impact

 

Staffing

No change in staffing is proposed in FY 2018-19.

Expenditures

Net operating expenditure increase of $633,600 due to:

o+$596,800 increase in Salaries and Employee Benefits due to negotiated labor agreements and an increase in benefit costs.

o+$16,700 increase in Services and Supplies for miscellaneous costs.

o+$20,100 increase in Other Charges for miscellaneous costs.

Revenues

Net operating revenue increase of $111,300 due to:

o+$107,300 increase in Intergovernmental Revenue due to increases in Proposition 172 Sales Tax Revenues.

o+$4,000 increase in Charges for Services due to increases in Public Defender Fees.

 

Net non-operating revenue decrease of $37,000 is due to decrease in General Fund Contribution.

 

These changes result in a $559,300 budget deficit, assuming the same level of service as recommended in FY 2017-18.

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