Scotts Valley has the smallest budget and staffing of any government in the county. The City supports a community of about 12,000 with a $12.9 million General Fund budget and staff of 60 positions, nearly half of which are in the police department.
Santa Cruz’s General Fund budget is $106 million with 770 positions for a community of 66,0000. Capitola’s General Fund budget is $17.5 million with 67 positions for a community of 10,000. For an over-the-hill comparison, Mountain View’s budget is $390 million with 690 positions for a community of 81,000.