I am excited to share with you the County of Sonoma's first monthly electronic newsletter, the SoCo Correspondent. The Correspondent will feature countywide news, trending topics, and project updates on a monthly basis. It is part of our effort to engage and communicate with our community, and share how your county government is working hard for you. The below is just a snapshot of what we’ve been up to recently and what is ahead. We encourage you to also visit our website to keep updated on daily county news and events.
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Sheryl Bratton County Administrator
Board of Supervisors Strategic Priorities
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have adopted four strategic priorities aimed at tackling some of the County’s most immediate and critical needs – Securing our Safety Net, Housing for All, Rebuilding our Infrastructure, and Healthy Watersheds – the multi-year priorities will drive county department work plans to deliver actionable outcomes to our community.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors were notified on July 5th that Sheriff Steve Freitas will retire effective August 1, 2017. The office of Sheriff-Coroner is a publicly elected position and Sheriff Freitas’ term was set to expire in December 2018. Assistant Sheriff Rob Giordano will fulfil the duties of the Sheriff until an appointment is made by the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors has the authority to temporarily fill the Sheriff-Coroner position for the remainder of the term of office per Government Code §25304. An appointment will be made at a future Board meeting in open session. A follow-up announcement will be distributed when a Board meeting date has been selected.
On June 15, 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $1.59 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18. The budget funds ongoing critical community services while preparing for our future through targeted investments of limited resources in strategic priorities. Due to significant economic uncertainties faced by local governments, the recommended budget is overall flat when compared to the prior budget, reflecting a reprioritization of funding rather than additional funding.
Sonoma County voters approved a cannabis tax in March and the Permit Resource and Management Department began accepting permit applications for commercial and medical cannabis businesses on Wednesday July 5, 2017.
The acceptance of permits for cannabis businesses marks the culmination of more than a year-long engagement effort, which has involved nearly every County department, the Board of Supervisors, and significant public input to develop and implement a series of ordinances regulating and taxing the local medical cannabis industry.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors took concrete actions to protect undocumented residents. A series of community forums are being organized to address critical service needs. The County was also recognized by the California State Association of Counties for its work with undocumented minors.