Budget, Policy, and Performance
The Office of Budget, Policy, and Performance ensures the financial success and organizational effectiveness of the County by leading Countywide administrative, performance and budgetary efforts and providing direction and guidance on County goals and policies. The Unit seeks to achieve equitable outcomes for all residents of San Mateo County through analysis, policy development, and implementation of programs that address historical and current disparities within the community. Everyone benefits from equity, which is why it must be central to our work.
Budgets serve as a guide to achieve the County’s strategy through funding priorities. Each budget document is representative of a single point in time, which explains in part why the County publishes several budget documents every year. This ensures that the County can respond to changes throughout the year and reprioritize funding accordingly. Budget is a yearlong process with various budget cycles and follows a fiscal year rather than calendar year, which means the budget year is from July 1st through June 30th.
Recommended Budget Book (FY 2021-23)- Outlines the preliminary budget for the next two fiscal years and is submitted to the Board of Supervisors for approval by the County Manager, generally published in May.
September Revisions (FY 2021-23)- Outlines edits to the Recommended Budget based on departments’ actual revenue and expenses starting in the new fiscal year, generally published in September.
Adopted Budget- Final budget for the upcoming fiscal year and a result of the September Revisions made to the Recommended Budget, generally published in November.
Mid-Year Report -Includes an analysis of budget transactions from July 1 through November 30, including Year-End Projections, or savings, that will be returned the General Fund at year end, generally published in January.
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The County of San Mateo’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning tool designed to identify short- and long-term capital improvement needs of the County and align those needs with appropriate financing, scheduling, and implementation. The CIP represents a commitment to building a more resilient and vibrant future for residents, employees, and visitors.