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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Human Rights is to enforce Federal, State, and County anti-discrimination laws in housing, commercial real estate, employment, public accommodation and intimidation; and promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY19 Operating Budget for the Office of Human Rights is $1,247,047, an increase of $4,234 or 0.34 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $1,242,813. Personnel Costs comprise 87.12 percent of the budget for eight full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 8.60 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 12.88 percent of the FY19 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Accomplishments

  • Held the One-Stop Fair Housing workshop for housing providers, realtors, rental agents, and real estate professionals with a focus on local, State, and Federal fair housing laws.

  • Held the One-Stop Fair Employment workshop for County private and public employers with a focus on new local laws and State and Federal employment case law.

  • Coordinated the 5th Annual Friendship Unity Picnic with the Committee on Hate Violence, advocating for community unity across racial, religious, and cultural lines; building awareness of the Partnership Fund which supports victims of hate violence incidents. The event was attended by over 2,500 participants.

  • Successfully mediated and closed complaints consistent with performance measures requirements.

Program Descriptions

  Compliance

This program investigates and resolves formal complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, commercial and residential real estate transactions, public accommodations, and intimidations through a formal complaint process or mediation....

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  Community Mediation and Public Affairs

This program supports and promotes the Human Rights Commission and Committee on Hate Violence on their outreach and education efforts. Participate in, or in partnership with other local/State/Federal offices, conduct various forums to promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups....

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  Fair Housing

This program monitors the County's Fair Housing Ordinance through the Interagency Fair Housing Work Group in order to coordinate the activity of County departments, offices, and agencies to prevent housing discrimination and to perform testing of housing providers....

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  Administration

This program provides overall direction of the office, administration of the budget, personnel, procurement, automation, and support services. Also provided in this program is funding for human relations awards....

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact James Stowe of the Office of Human Rights at 240.777.8490 or Phil Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages802657.00841883.00 826925.00 849218.000.9
Employee Benefits228131.00235586.00 230688.00 237192.000.7
County General Fund Personnel Costs1030788.001077469.00 1057613.00 1086410.000.8
Operating Expenses148842.00165344.00 165344.00 160637.00-2.9
County General Fund Expenditures1179630.001242813.00 1222957.00 1247047.000.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs8.608.60 8.60 8.600.0
REVENUES
EEOC Reimbursement0.0055000.00 55000.00 55000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues-2466.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues-2466.0055000.00 55000.00 55000.000.0
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION12428138.60
Changes (with service impacts)
Reduce: Increase Lapse (Public Services Interns) [Fair Housing]-289500.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment272480.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs119930.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail570.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-13500.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-22640.00
Decrease Cost: Biennial Hall of Fame Event-25000.00
FY19 APPROVED12470478.60
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
FY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
Compliance8578586.008866266.00
Community Mediation and Public Affairs426240.50434480.50
Fair Housing890301.10609571.10
Administration2533011.002560161.00
Total12428138.6012470478.60
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved1247.0000001247.0000001247.0000001247.0000001247.0000001247.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.00000029.00000029.00000029.00000029.00000029.000000
Restoration of one-time lapse adjustment in the budget development year
Labor Contracts0.00000012.00000012.00000012.00000012.00000012.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1247.0000001288.0000001288.0000001288.0000001288.0000001288.000000