Through strong fiscal management and innovation, Riverside County has met the community’s growing needs and balanced its $4.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2007-08. The general fund contains $2.5 billion and pays for county services such as law-enforcement and fire protection. Of the $2.5 billion total, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has direct control over only $736 million. The remainder is encumbered by state mandates and other commitments, such as bond payments.
While meeting obligations to serve residents, Riverside County has built strong reserves totaling more than 420 million dollars. The reserves received high marks from bond-rating agencies, saving the county tens of millions of dollars in borrowing costs. The reserves help ensure against fluctuations in the economy and are tools to help meet ever-increasing community needs.
|Change over previous year|
|Total budget||$ 4.5 billion||12 percent increase|
|General fund||2.5 billion||10 percent increase|
|Discretionary funds||736 million||16 percent increase|
|Public safety and courts||$ 424 million||15 percent|
|Health and welfare||131 million||17 percent|
Animal Control – $661,000
Code Enforcement – $1,766,000
Various Sheriff – $16,632,000
corrections staff - $7,300,00
patrol officers - $2,100,000
gang task - $300,000
rove/safe - $800,000
other - $6,100,000
Various DA – $5,000,000
Probation – $1,848,000
Riverside County spends approximately 58 percent of its discretionary revenues to support Public Protection programs. To sustain these high priority services, the county has restricted the costs of many other programs. As a result, General Government spending is approximately 20 percent of all discretionary spending.
How does Riverside County use its local funds?
Local Discretionary Funds = $736 million
|District Attorney||Sheriff||Board of Supervisors||Treasurer-Tax Collector|
Please note - an often asked question is "How much of my property tax pays for roads?" Answer: None. Gas Tax and Measure "A" sales tax funds are designated for road repairs and improvements
(Source: Riverside County's Fiscal Year 2007-08 Final Budget Book)
Your Tax Bill
We hope this information provides you with a better understanding of where your property tax dollars go, the amount the county actually receives (12¢ on the dollar) and how the Board of Supervisors distributes this revenue among county programs. There might be other assessments on your tax bill depending upon where you live. For information on those charges, please call the telephone numbers listed on your bill. For general information, or to reach the departments listed above call (951) 955-1100, or visit the county's Internet site at http://www.countyofriverside.us.