Budget Search

FAQs1

Where is the current year Revenue and Expenditure data?1

Most Requested Budget Information1

Can you explain what the meaning of Fiscal Year is?1

How many years of budget data are kept on the EZ GOV Budget Santa Cruz website?1

How do we submit feedback, comments or report potential data issues?1

How often is the data updated in EZ GOV Budget Santa Cruz?2

What is the difference between the Adopted budget and the Recommended budget?2

What is a fund type/fund?2

What is a Budget Category?2

What is a Budget Department, and a Budget Division?2

What is a character?2

What is an object?2

Has this data been audited?3

How To Navigate the Budget Data3

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Default View�� 3

Page Elements3

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FAQs

Where is the current year Revenue and Expenditure data?

The current year budget to actual revenue and expenditure data is available on the Auditor's Financial Search at http://countyofsantacruz.public.simplersystems.net/default.html.

Most Requested Budget Information

County of Santa Cruz has compiled the most requested graphical reports for your convenience. If you know of other graphical reports that should be considered in this list, please let us know.

General Fund Salaries by Department

General Fund Revenues by Department

General Fund Expenditures by Department

County General Purpose Revenues

Can you explain what the meaning of Fiscal Year is?

The fiscal year for the County of Santa Cruz is defined as the time from July 1 through June 30 for a given year.

How many years of budget data are kept on the EZ GOV Budget Santa Cruz website?

This is a brand new system effective May 16, 2017 for the 2017-18 Recommended Budget.

How do we submit feedback, comments or report potential data issues?

Please email any questions and comments regarding EZ GOV Budget Search Santa Cruz to EZGovHelp@santacruzcounty.us

How often is the data updated in EZ GOV Budget Santa Cruz?

The data is updated once after the Recommended Budget is compiled and presented to the Board in May for consideration during the June budget hearings.

What is the difference between the Adopted budget and the Recommended budget?

The adopted budget is the final budget that is approved by the Board of Supervisors during public meetings. The budget is required to be adopted before October each fiscal year. Prior to the budget being adopted, the Recommended budget is created and provided to the Board of Supervisors for consideration during budget hearings. To review official Budget Documents for the County of Santa Cruz, please click here.

What is a fund type/fund?

A fund type/fund is defined as a fiscal and accounting entity with a self-balancing set of accounts recording cash and other financial resources, together with all related liabilities and residual equities or balances, and changes therein, which are segregated for the purpose of carrying on specific activities or attaining certain objectives in accordance with special regulations, restrictions, or limitations. Fund type is the highest level of categorization of funds within the County of Santa Cruz, and fund is a lower level to further categorize.

What is a Budget Category?

The County Budget is summarized by budget categories including General Government, Health and Human Services, Land Use and Community Services, Public Safety and Justice, General County Revenues, Debt Service and Contingencies.

What is a Budget Department, and a Budget Division?

The County Budget is comprised of 37 unique Budget Departments (i.e. Agricultural Commissioner, Child Support Services). A budget division is a sub-category of a Budget Department.

What is a character?

Character is the highest level category of revenues and expenditures (i.e. salaries and benefits) of the County of Santa Cruz.

What is an object?

Object is the lowest level category of revenues and expenditures (i.e. regular pay - permanent) of the County of Santa Cruz.

Has this data been audited?

No, this is unaudited budget data, but reflects recommended budget totals within the budget system, which is provided to the Board of Supervisors for consideration during budget hearings..

How To Navigate the Budget Data

Overview

Default View

The default view is a pie chart in the top section with data grouped by Fund shown below.

Page Elements

To change the elements on the page, use the menu in the top right of the page.

Data
Click on the Data menu to select either Revenues or Expenditures.

Group
Click on the Group menu to select how you would like to see the data summarized. The definition of each item is found in the FAQs.

Columns
Click on the columns menu to select what columns you would like to compare.

Drill Down

To see additional detail for a select group, click on the arrow on the right side of the row.

Remove Filters or Go Back

To navigate back to the previous page use the back arrow on your browser, click on the X next to the heading you want to remove, or, click on the arrow next to County to go back to the County-wide view.