A budget is a plan of financial activity for a fiscal year indicating all planned revenues and expenses for the budget period. The Finance Department coordinates and prepares the county budget. The budget is submitted to the Board of Supervisors by the County Administrator. In order to produce a fiscally sound budget, the department analyses activities of the current and past years, researches trends in both revenues and expenditure categories and provides financial management and research assistance. The objective during the budget process is to help the Board of Supervisors and management make informed choices about the provision of services and capital assets, and to promote citizen participation in the process. The County operates on a fiscal year that is from July 1st to June 30th.