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Role of the County Budget

The county's budget serves as the primary tool in allocating financial resources to programs and services. The budget can serve as a policy making tool, a management tool, a financial tool and a communication tool.

Budgeting for a government is essentially the process of allocating resources to fund services and projects benefiting the community. The goal is to provide a balanced budget funding ongoing expenses with ongoing revenues.

The process is complex because unlike private business, Escambia County government serves the taxpayers and is expected to address funding needs for the community's social issues, protecting the citizens' interests, providing public safety and enforcing laws and regulations. For accountability purposes, decisions are made in an open public forum in an effort to achieve Escambia County’s mission to provide efficient, responsive services that enhance our quality of life, meet common needs and promote a safe and healthy community.

Each year, the authorized financial and operational plans of Escambia County are published in the Adopted Budget. The adopted budget is posted online for public viewing. 


Tips for Using the Online Budget Book 

OpenGov allows you to explore budget in a simple graphical user interface. The OpenGov Tool is best viewed using the Google Chrome browser. Download the latest version of Chrome here.

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Additional Tips for Using the Tool

  • There are five different types of visual representations of the data - a percentage graph, a stacked graph, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar graph. You can change your view at any time by simply clicking the desired type of representation at the top right of the page.
  • You can share the data, in any view, on a social network or by email.
  • You can also download the data into a .csv spreadsheet or a .png image.


This office also manages the county's Municipal Services Benefit Unit programs, which include the county-wide fire protection MSBU, the Santa Rosa Island MSBU, and numerous others for street lighting, holding ponds and nuisance abatements.

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The mission of Escambia County government is to provide efficient, responsive services that enhance our quality of life, meet common needs and promote a safe and healthy community.

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