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Recommended Expenditures
By Program 2017-18 Recommended Change from 2016-17 Adopted
Administration & Support
 
$978,155
4%
$48,721
5.2%
Parks & Open Spaces
 
$12,882,668
46%
$285,054
2.3%
Housing & Community Development
 
$5,883,866
21%
$505,549
9.4%
Community Support (Arts & Libraries)
 
$4,884,013
18%
$226,239
4.4%
Energy and Sustainability Initiatives
 
$3,266,438
12%
$229,878
7.6%
Total Department
 
$27,895,140
100%
$842,963
3.1%
Mission Statement

To provide community, cultural, recreational, and environmental resources that sustain and enhance quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Santa Barbara County.

About the Department

The Community Services Department (CSD) administers a variety of services and resources that enhance the quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Santa Barbara County.  The Department was formed by the Board of Supervisors in Fiscal Year 2011-12 to improve operational efficiency and promote collaboration between previous stand-alone divisions in Parks, Library Services, Arts Commission, and Housing and Community Development. In partnership with community-based organizations, the Community Services Department leverages federal, state, and local dollars, “connecting people to opportunities” related to recreation, housing, life-long learning, arts, and culture.

The combined operating and capital budgets are presented as budget programs: Administration & Support, Parks and Open Spaces, Housing & Community Development, Community Support, and Energy & Sustainability Initiatives.

Recommended Changes and Operational Impact

 

Staffing

2.0 net increase in FTEs due to the addition of 2.50 extra help custodian FTEs resulting from the consolidation of the Special Events Program from General Services, 0.75 extra help maintenance FTEs for the Cuyama Pool, and 0.50 Housing Specialist for Homeless programs, offset by the reduction of one Parks Mechanic/Welder and one Housing Administrative Office Professional.

Expenditures

Net operating expenditure increase of $843,000:

o+$235,000 increase in Salaries and Employee Benefits due to increases in salaries and benefits.

o+$601,000 net increase in Services and Supplies primarily due to the following:

+$496,000 net increase in Housing due to the following:

o+$915,000 increase in pass-through expenditures driven by the addition of the State Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and a delay in the initial FY 16-18 grant period causing an overlap with the FY 17-19 grant period.

o+$110,000 increase in consultant expenditures driven by staff turnover, required grant compliance, and the addition of the new State ESG program.

o-$340,000 decrease in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program expenditures largely attributable to Lompoc withdrawing from the Urban County Partnership.

o-$117,000 decrease in pass-through expenditures driven by the absence of a Federal ESG allocation.

o-$40,000 decrease in Continuum of Care (CoC) funding drive by a reduction in CoC Planning grant funding.

+$316,000 increase in Energy Sustainability Initiatives primarily due to set aside funding for Community Choice Energy (CCE) Phase 3 ($300,000), should the Board elect to proceed. 

-$119,000 decrease in Parks due to a reduction in various services and supplies, largely driven by an accounting change that shifted utilities expenditures between object levels. 

-$91,000 decrease in Community Support Arts & Libraries driven by a loss of one-time funding ($200,000) for libraries, offset by population per capita funding growth ($70,000).

o+$7,000 net increase in Other Charges primarily due to:

+$237,000 net increase in Parks due to the following: 

o+$120,000 increase driven by an accounting change that shifted utilities expenditures between object levels.

o+$80,000 increase in Liability Insurance.

o+$30,000 increase in Motor Pool charges.

+$27,000 increase in Administration & Support driven by an increase in Liability Insurance and Motor Pool charges.

-$150,000 decrease in Community Support Shelters primarily due to a loss of one-time pass-through funding for shelter operations.

-$123,000 decrease in Energy and Sustainability Initiatives due to a decrease in funds being passed through to Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties as initial emPower spending to launch program activities in those Counties has leveled off.

 

Non-operating expenditure decrease of $71,000:

o +$198,000 increase in Capital Assets. Projected budgets and timing of capital projects differ from year to year dependent upon the phase of the project and related permit requirements. Projects completed in FY 2016-17

include the Arroyo Burro boardwalk, restroom and waste water treatment plan upgrades at Cachuma Lake and picnic area, and ADA upgrades at Richardson Park.  Projects scheduled during FY 2017-18 include the Point Sal access road culvert repair, Goleta Beach Rock Revetment Amendment, Walter Capps Park improvements, Arroyo Burro Lift Station upgrades, Arroyo Burro Ranger Office and Storage Area improvements, Jalama Affordable Accommodations, Jalama Waterline replacement, and new Jalama Beach restrooms.

o-$71,000 net decrease in Other Financing Uses primarily due to the following:

-$189,000 decrease in Parks primarily due to the completion of the Santa Claus Lane Beach Access grant. 

+$121,000 net increase in Housing due to the following:

o+$95,000 increase in funding available to transfer to Housing general fund for operating costs driven by administrative funding allocated as part of the new State ESG program ($38,000) and program administration generated from loan repayments ($57,000).

o+$30,000 increase in Orcutt Community Facilities District transfers to Fire, Sheriff, Flood, and Parks.

o-$65,000 net decrease in Intrafund Expenditure Transfers primarily due to the following:

-$79,000 decrease in Parks largely driven by a decrease in Cost Allocation Plan charges and the elimination of transfers to the Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures for a shared IT employee.

+$14,000 increase in Energy and Sustainability Initiatives due to increased indirect cost rate.

o-$134,000 net decrease in Fund Balances primarily due to the following:

-$111,000 decrease in Parks due to the elimination of an accounting entry originally established to retain unexpended funding dedicated towards the California Coastal Commission’s Goleta Beach permit requirements. 

-$59,000 decrease in Housing driven by a reduction in anticipated shared-equity revenue due to the expiration of most shared-equity covenants.

+$36,000 increase in Community Support Arts due to Arts grant revenue growth.

 

These changes result in Recommended operating expenditures of $27,895,000, non-operating expenditures of $4,115,000, and total expenditures of $32,010,000.  Non-operating expenditures primarily include capital assets, transfers, and increases to fund balances.

Revenues

 Net operating revenue increase of $283,000:

o+$37,000 increase in Taxes primarily due to an increase in Orcutt Community Facilities District special assessment revenue.

o-$244,000 net decrease in Use of Money and Property primarily due to:

-$265,000 decrease in Parks due to an accounting change switching Special Events revenues to another Object Level.

+$21,000 increase in Housing driven by interest income.

o+$154,000 net increase in Intergovernmental Revenue primarily due to:

+$729,000 net increase in Housing due to the following:

o+$952,000 increase in driven by the new State ESG program.

o+$362,000 increase in HOME program revenues due to carryover funding from the previous grant year.

o-$445,000 decrease in CDBG program revenues primarily driven by Lompoc’s withdrawal from the Urban County Partnership.

o-$126,000 decrease in Federal ESG due to the lack of an allocation this fiscal year.

-$360,000 decrease in Parks primarily due to completion of the Santa Claus Lane Beach Access Grant and Goleta Beach Rock Revetment capital project.

-$215,000 decrease in Energy and Sustainability Initiatives due to an anticipated change in scope within the California Energy Commission’s Los Angeles County program.

o+$347,000 net increase in Charges For Services primarily due to:

+$383,500 net increase in Parks due to the following:

o+$270,000 increase due to special events revenue shift between object levels due to accounting methodology.

o+$100,000 increase in cabin revenue.

o+$90,000 increase in Parks reservation fee revenue.

o+$60,000 increase in concessionaire revenue driven by the BoatHouse.

o-$60,000 decrease due to the expiration of one-time BoatHouse utility repayments.

o-$60,000 decrease in tent and recreation vehicle camping revenues. 

o-$30,000 decrease in day use revenue.

+$40,000 increase in Administration and Support driven by CSD Administrative services provided to the Energy and Sustainability Initiatives division.

+$36,000 increase in Community Support Arts due to Arts grant revenue growth.

-$100,000 decrease in Energy and Sustainability Initiatives due to the elimination of an accounting methodology used to transfer labor costs between divisions.

o-$11,000 net decrease in Miscellaneous Revenue primarily due to:

-$152,000 decrease in Energy and Sustainability Initiatives driven by a decrease in pass-through funds provided to Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties and an increased focus on work associated with the Division’s Federal Department of Energy grant.

+$94,000 increase in Housing anticipated loan repayments.

+$47,000 increase in Parks due to an increase in the Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund related to Walter Capps Park improvements.

 

Net non-operating revenue increase of $488,000:

o+$387,000 net increase in Other Financing Sources primarily due to the following:

 +$296,000 increase in Parks due to timing of Jalama Affordable Accommodations capital project.

+$91,000 increase in funds available to transfer to Housing’s general fund for operating costs primarily driven by the new State ESG program and program administrative funding derived from loan repayments.

o+$20,000 increase in Intrafund Expenditure Transfers (-) primarily due to Administrative and Support to cover liability insurance increase.

o+$142,000 net increase in decreases to Fund Balances largely due to:

+$701,000 increase in Energy and Sustainability Initiatives due to timing of disbursements of Community Choice Energy (CCE) expenses, potential future Phases of CCE, and the repurposing of emPower Department of Energy funds.

+$73,000 increase in Parks mainly due to one-time funding for deferred maintenance and tree trimming.

-$348,000 decrease in Housing due to use of Program Income for HOME and CDBG project expenditures.

 -$283,000 net decrease in Community Support due to the following:

o-$200,000 decrease in one-time funding for Libraries.

o-$150,000 decrease in one-time funding for shelters and warming centers.

o+$36,000 increase in Arts revenue growth. 

o+$30,000 increase in restricted fund balance draws for Arts software updates, website overhaul, and grants and inventory management systems to improve operational efficiencies. 

o-$62,000 decrease in General Fund Contribution (GFC) due to countywide GFC reductions.

 

These changes result in recommended operating revenues of $13,583,000, non-operating revenues of $18,427,000, and total revenues of $32,010,000.  Non-operating revenues primarily include General Fund Contribution, Transfers, and Decreases to Fund Balances.

Proposed Changes and Operational Impact

 

The FY 2018-19 proposed expenditures reflect a $3,344,000 net decrease compared to the FY 2017-18 recommended budget that is primarily the result of:

 

-$2,695,000 decrease in Services and Supplies largely driven within Housing due to the anticipated use of one time Program Income for HOME project expenditures totaling $1,563,000 in FY 2017-18. Anticipated expiration of one-time funded items such as Parks deferred maintenance and tree funding are also driving variance.

-$533,000 decrease in Other Charges primarily due to the ESI emPower Central Coast program passing through less funding to Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties.

-$479,000 decrease in Capital Assets within Parks due to timing of capital projects. 

+$504,000 increase in Salaries and Employee Benefits department-wide.

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