The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors took its first public look at its proposed 2012-13 budget Tuesday and scheduled hearings on it for June 11.
The budget is $464.9 million. It was $464.4 million last year.
The budget gap this year is $2 million. That figure is down from the $6.5 million the county was projecting last September and is the smallest gap in years. The budget gap hit a high of $30 million in 2009-10 and has been steadily dropping.
County Administrative Officer Jim Grant said this is the fifth budget of a “seven-year pain plan,” during which the county has sought to establish permanent structural balance.
It has reduced pension payouts by establishing a two-tier pension system, among other personnel moves, and has reduced the work force through retirement and attrition without layoffs.
The county budget interacts with and to some extent depends on the state budget, and Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that the projected state budget gap is $16 billion. Grant and his chief budget analyst, Assistant County Administrator Dan Buckshi, said they continually monitor actions at the state level.
Copies of the document are available at county libraries and online at www.slocounty.ca.gov.