General Government

FY 2021-22 Budget

General Government comprises of the following departments/divisions:

All departments and divisions within the General Government function are fully supported by the General Fund (11), with Debt Services (620) department housed under Debt Service Fund (43) but are fully supported through annual transfers from the General Fund.

Revenue Summary

The main revenue source for General Government operations is the General Fund. The Town receives insurance reimbursements for workers' comp, general liability, and property claims. The budget for insurance reimbursement is $50,000.

For the Emergency Response operation (19-600), the Town is expecting a grant of $280,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA or ARPF).

Expenditure Summary

The total General Government Expenditure Budget for FY 2021-22 is $4.9 million, an increase of $657,000 from FY 2020-21 Estimated Actual. The increase is attributed to the following:

  • increase contributions to the 115 trusts to reduce future pension and OPEB cost ($174,000),
  • restore operating supplies budget to pre-Covid 19 levels ($118,000),
  • account for consultant services for economic development and revenue initiative per the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan ($150,000),
  • increase in insurance premiums due to unfavorable insurance market, ($167,000), and
  • budget for services needed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic - including continued weekly deep cleaning of Police Station and supplies needed for re-opening ($45,000).

Expenditure by Categories

Expenditure by Fund


  • Updated 2020-22 Strategic Plan
  • Updated the Town's Reserve Policy and Unfunded Liabilities Strategy for FY 2021-22 and thereafter
  • Received a clean audit for FY 2019-20
  • Improved communications with community through consistent messaging on Social Media Channels
  • Successfully recruited and hired Chief of Police
  • Welcomed several new businesses including House of Bagels, Tesla, Cadillac, Panda Express, Philz Coffee, Wing Stop, and AllStar Glass
  • Completed Census 2020 with increased participation from Census 2010
  • Issued seventeen Proclamations, 85 Certificates and managed fifteen Public Records Requests
  • Transitioned from a paper office environment to electronic with the addition of Docu-sign and Laserfiche Document Management Software.

COVID Response

  • Exhausted CRF funding and completed quarterly reporting requirement
  • Coordinated with C.A.P.E
  • Donated $15,000 to San Mateo Strong Business Relief Fund
  • Communicated with business and residential community on Shelter in Place Orders and where to access relief
  • Moved Public Meetings to online platform Zoom
  • Supported a Work from Home workplace environment
  • Provided PPE and established Covid-19 protocols for working within the office
  • Provided online tools and resources for business continuity
  • Created a webpage on the Town's website for Covid-19 related updates and resources

Future Objectives

  • Continue assessment of issues compromising the Town’s long-term fiscal health, including coordinating with consultant on potential new revenue strategies.
  • Increase business outreach efforts and economic development.
  • Implement City Council priorities as directed.
  • Continue to work on priority programs and goals as set forth in the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan
  • Implement a document codification system making Town codes and ordinances easier to search and update
  • Covid 19 permitting re-open Town Hall and re-establish in person Public Meetings

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