Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Investments

The following is an excerpt from the Annual Audit for the year ended June 30, 2015.

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 decreased by $77,106 due mainly to the Fair Market Value of investments and a decline in tax revenues. Revenues were $1,709,012 in FY 2014-15, down from FY 2013-14’s $1,786,118. The tax apportionment decreased by $28,655, from FY 2013-14’s $1,657,180 to FY 2014-15’s $1,628,525.

Total expenditures were $2,961,529, an increase of $398,187 from the previous year. Expenditures increased with more grant contracts up and running in their second or third year, and as per the Financial Plan to spend down the fund balance.

During FY 2014-15, $132,637 was expended on the Health Initiative to promote existing services such as Text4baby, to fill gaps in services by providing support to women suffering from maternal depression, 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. In addition, the Commission expended funds to continue the promotion of its Sun Safety campaign targeting both parents and young children.

During FY 2014-15, $313,036 was expended on the Commission’s Oral Health Initiative in support of hospital dentistry for young and special needs children, education for preschoolers and outreach to pregnant women and expecting fathers.

During FY 2014-15, $2,088,078 was expended in support of the Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI). Funded services under the SFI 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 both the Health and Oral Health Initiatives. Under the SFI, the Commission also invested in training and professional development of staff from funded programs as well as leadership training and development for local parents.

During FY 2014-15, $164,983 was expended in general program support and development, including revisiting and updating the Strategic Plan, and community outreach efforts.

During FY 2014-15, $171,625 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.

During FY 2014-15, $91,169 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 3% of total expenditures, which is well under the self-imposed 12% of-the-budget cap for administrative expenses.