The Budget Office

The Budget Office was created on July 1, 1993, in order to institute greater financial controls at Maricopa County.


Vision & Mission Statement


Department Vision


Citizens serving citizens by working collaboratively, efficiently and in an innovative way. We will be responsive to our customers while being fiscally prudent.

Department Mission


The mission of the Budget Office is to provide a sustainable, structurally balanced budget to the Board of Supervisors and County Manager so they can achieve the County's mission within available resources.

Department Issues & Goals


Issues

  • The cost of increased service demands are outpacing the constitutionally capped expenditure growth as evidenced by the FY 2014 to 2016 9.78% budget growth compared to 4.17% growth of the expenditure limit during the same period: which if left unaddressed could result in penalties and potential reductions in services which will compromise public safety.
  • The County faces resource constraints because: a) The economic recovery is slower and weaker than a typical recovery as evidenced by 2.2% U.S. Gross Domestic Product growth in 2015. (Pollack Glance 1507); b) Another recession is anticipated in the next 2-5 years; c) Continued and/or increased cost shifts from the state; d) Unfunded pension liabilities. If these trends are not mitigated, the County will have reduced resources available to meet service demand of County Departments and residents.

Goals


  • By June 30,2019, Maricopa County will keep the growth of operational expenditures subject to the expenditure limit under the growth of the expenditure limit.
  • By June 30, 2022, the Maricopa County budgeted mandate payments to/cost shifts from the State of Arizona will be 10.7% overall compared to 11.6% in the FY 2016 Adopted Budget of $2,234,405,833.
  • By the end of FY 2022, Maricopa County's General Fund Operating reserves will equal two months of the prior year's operating expenditures.