Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Investments

The following is an excerpt from the Annual Audit for the year ended June 30, 2016.

The Commission’s Strategic Plan guides the funding activities of the Commission. Financial highlights of the year on a fund accounting basis include:

Total revenues increased from the previous year by $43,429, due mainly to an increase in the Fair Market Value of investments. Revenues were $1,752,441, up from $1,709,012 in FY 2014-15. The tax apportionment itself increased by $11,538.

Total FY 2015-16 expenditures were $1,904,350, a decrease of $1,057,178 from the previous year. Expenditures decreased as spending was less than budgeted due to unfilled staff positions in several grantee programs.

During FY 2015-16, $260,027 was expended on the Health Initiative to continue providing support to women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS), and to provide training and professional development to medical professionals and social service providers in an effort to improve the consistency and quality of perinatal care in Butte County. The Commission also supported hospital dentistry for young and special needs children, as well as oral health education for preschoolers, pregnant women and expecting fathers.  First 5 dollars provided oral health screenings and fluoride varnish to children attending the E-Center Head Start program in Butte County. Finally, the Commission expended funds to continue the promotion of its Sun Safety campaign targeting both parents and young children.

During FY 2015-16, $1,263,991 was expended in support of the Strengthening Families Initiative. Funded services under the Strengthening Families Initiative include primary prevention and early intervention programs such as intensive, evidence-based home visitation and group activities for target populations of overburdened parents of newborns, teen parents, and families with children at risk for abuse and neglect. These programs also promote early entry into prenatal care and age-appropriate oral health care for children and pregnant women, thereby complimenting the Health Initiative. First 5 dollars were invested in training and professional development of staff from funded programs. The Commission also invested in community fairs and events designed to provide educational activities for children and their families to enjoy together.

During FY 2015-16, $192,258 was expended in general program support and development, including revisiting and updating the Strategic Plan, and community outreach efforts.

During FY 2015-16, $77,139 was expended on evaluation support and activities including the support of First 5ERS (the Commission’s web-based data collection system) and external evaluation of the Strengthening Families Initiative and the Butte Baby Steps program – two of the Commission’s largest investments. Towards the end of FY 2015-2016, the Commission decided to change its data collections system, ending its contract with First 5ERS and initiating the purchase of the Persimmony data collection system.

During FY 2015-16, $95,932 was expended on administrative expenses, including the required annual financial and compliance audits, county charges, and staff time dedicated to carrying out Commission business. The administrative costs equal approximately 5% of total expenditures, which is well under the self-imposed 12% of-the-budget cap for administrative expenses.