County Counsel

Overview

Mission Statement

To support the Board of Supervisors and County departments to advance the interests of the community through effective, ethical, and creative legal counsel.

Department Overview

The County Counsel serves as the chief civil attorney for the County of Santa Cruz. The Office of the County Counsel manages all civil legal matters on behalf of the County and provides a full range of legal services to the County's Board of Supervisors, elected officials, departments, boards and commissions, and certain special districts.

Budget Summary

Department Budget Overview

Budget Summary of Changes

The County Counsel budget is status quo with no changes to staffing. Increases in salaries and benefits reflect scheduled and negotiated cost increases only. Decreases in services and supplies reflect one-time expenses in 2023-24. Internal rate changes implemented in 2023-24 are also reflected in internal service billings for 2024-25.

Supplemental Budget Summary of Changes

The Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act will be implemented in Santa Cruz County on December 1, 2024. County Counsel will represent Behavioral Health in CARE Act proceedings. The Supplemental Budget adds 1.0 FTE Paralegal as a new position to support CARE Act services. CARE Act implementation requires new General Fund support in the amount of $105,750.

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Department Services and Objectives

Total Expenses
3,505,145
-7 %
1
Total Revenues
1,562,512
-21 %
2
General Fund Contribution
$1,942,633
9 %
3
Other Fund Contributions
0
0 %
3
Funded Staffing
23.00
1.00
4
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Footnotes

1 – Indicates change from FY 2021-22 Allowed Budget

2 – General Fund Contribution is the share of General County Revenues (primarily property tax and other local taxes) allocated to each department. Other funds that contribute to this budget are shown on the Budget Details page.

3 – Indicates change from FY 2021-22 Adjusted Funded Positions (including Board-approved mid-year changes as of April 1, 2022).

Budget Details

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Expenses by Service

Expenses and Revenues over time

Personnel Details

The chart below provides the department personnel detail by division, service, and classification.

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