The Board of Supervisors has designated the Chief Administrative Officer as the official responsible for annually preparing a recommended budget for all funds under the budgetary authority of the Board. County departments submit requests for funding each year, which the County Administrative Office then compiles and prioritizes against the estimated revenues used to fund County services and presents the resulting recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.
State law, the County Budget Act (Government Code § 29000), as well as County ordinances, policies, and procedures dictate numerous conditions and requirements for budget preparation. The County operates on a Fiscal Year (FY) that begins July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year. By law, the Board of Supervisors must approve a recommended budget before June 30 to authorize any spending until a final budget is adopted. The final budget, including any revisions directed by the Board as a result of public hearings, is not required to be adopted until October 2. Once adopted by the Board, a final budget document is prepared by the Office of the Auditor-Controller.
July 1 – June 30: The County's budget cycle/Fiscal Year (FY)
June 30: Deadline for the Board of Supervisors to approve a preliminary recommended budget to authorize any spending until a final budget is adopted
Late August: The final recommended budget is presented to the Board
October 2: Deadline for the Board of Supervisors to adopt the final budget, including any revisions made to the budget as a result of public hearings
How to View the Documents
The County of Kern budget documents are in PDF format. If you are not able to view the PDF with your web browser, you can install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your system. Download Acrobat Reader
To obtain a CD version of any of the budget documents, please call the County Administrative Office at (661) 868-3198.
Budget Glossary (PDF)
This glossary provides a brief explanation of terms used throughout the Recommended Budget
document. This information is provided by the County Administrative Office to assist the public in reviewing
and understanding the Recommended Budget, by defining the many technical terms, abbreviations, and
acronyms used in presenting budget information.