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Staff Development and Wellness Allowance Program


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Tax Treatment: Non-Taxable
Applies to: Groups 21

Note: For County of Sonoma employees, working condition fringe benefits covered by this program are separate from training or other job-related tools, equipment or assistance provided by or paid directly by the County Department or other funding source. Depending on your union/association, items such as uniforms, tools and equipment may not be part of your fringe benefit allowance program but, rather, are provided directly through department funds; however their taxability as a working condition fringe benefit remains the same.

Allowable Reimbursement Costs

  • Tools
  • Safety gear
  • Uniforms

Note: Items must be directly related to your current job; Only as specified for certain Bargaining Units


1Group definitions include the following bargaining units:

  • Group 1: ESC (75), SCLEA (30,40,41,70), SCPA (45), SCPDIA (55,56), SCPDAA (60), SEIU2 (01,05,10,25), WCE (21)
  • Group 2: Local 39 (85)
  • Group 3: Salary Resolution (00,49,50,51,52)

2SEIU MOU allows staff development reimbursement through 6/30/2025

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Non-Allowable Costs for Reimbursement

The following provides a list of exclusion examples. This list is not all inclusive, and the County reserves the right to exclude any expense which may not conform with the intent for the use of County funds or resources. 

Employees are encouraged to seek guidance from the Department of Human Resources at for clarification of these exclusions and reimbursable expenses before incurring the expense.

  • Credit card statement payments
  • Financed amounts or installment agreements for purchased goods (Only the monthly installment bill with proof of payment is eligible for reimbursement)
  • Gift cards, gift certificates, in-store credits – purchases paid using these and other similar forms of payment cannot be reimbursed
  • Maintenance costs
  • Parts replacement, add-on parts
  • Service, maintenance agreements, and warranties