The County of San Luis Obispo has roughly 2,800 employees all working to serve the community. County employees and elected officials are guided by organizational values, and work to ensure that their decisions and actions demonstrate these values.
Because the economy steadily improved in 2014, SLO County saw increases in home prices, building permits, sales tax, property tax revenues, and Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT). These numbers all affected the revenue for the County budget, which meant more money was available to restore County staffing levels, and in some cases, increase service levels above pre-Great Recession numbers to support the County’s vision, mission, and community-wide results.
While the County continued to improve financially, it still faced significant challenges in 2014.
The County began implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
Additionally, the region and many other areas of the state faced an exceptional drought and other water challenges. In fact, 2014 was one of the driest years in recorded state history for SLO County and the lack of rain caused record creeks and reservoirs. Joint efforts between the County and its residents were critical to managing the effects of the drought. Meanwhile, the County took, and continues to take, several actions to reduce water usage in County-owned facilities, at County parks and golf courses, at the airports, in new construction and lease agreements, and with County fleet vehicles.
In 2014, the County also completed its third year implementing its Public Safety Realignment Act plan, which caused a significant shift in the responsibility for the incarceration and community supervisions of certain low-level convicted felony offenders and parolees.
At the same time, the collaboration among the County and other local organizations to address homelessness reached an all-time high. The County devoted $3.4 million in new funds and created innovative programs to help homeless families and individuals obtain permanent shelter.
Browse the 2014 Annual Report to discover even more ways County staff worked for the community and served SLO County residents with pride in 2014.