County of Marin - News Releases - Final Annual Budget

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2017

Supervisors Green-Light 2017-18 Final Budget

Total funding is $555 million, up 2.6 percent from a year ago

San Rafael, CA –The 2017-18 County of Marin budget, approved June 20 by the Marin County Board of Supervisors, focuses on strategic planning, paying down retiree liabilities, investing in roads and facilities, investing in technology, boosting customer service and enhancing safety net services such as mental health and homeless programs.

An exterior photo of the Marin County Civic CenterThe budget 'maintains critical services and prepares us for future uncertainty,' said County Administrator Matthew Hymel.
The second year of a two-year budget included a 2.6 percent annual increase in funding over a year ago, down from the 4 percent increase in June 2016. The 2017-18 budget is $555 million, including $440 million in General Fund spending.

“This budget maintains critical services and prepares us for future uncertainty,” said County Administrator Matthew Hymel. “One-time funds are allocated toward our highest priorities such as road maintenance, facility improvements and sea-level rise adaptation.”

New ongoing spending of $150,000 was approved for “Deep Green” renewable energy from Marin Clean Energy. Also, $500,000 was approved for a pilot program that provides court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment (known as Laura’s Law) for those who meet strict legal criteria and who – as a result of mental illness – are unable to voluntarily access mental health services.

County staff presented the budget after assessing the local economy, monitoring policy adjustments at the state and federal level, and working with departments to address the County’s changing priorities. The budget was approved unanimously after a budget overview and a public hearing.

A 16-page Budget in Brief is posted online as well as the 216-page full version. Learn more on the Budget overview page of the County Administrator’s site. Questions or suggestions about the budget may be emailed to


Matthew Hymel
County Administrator
County Administrator's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite #325
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6358
Email: Matthew Hymel
County Administrator website