$484.5 Million Increase In County Budget Delivers Record Spending

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Supervisor Ron Roberts introduced the approved budget that will increase spending on several fronts.

On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a balanced $6.27 billion budget that is an increase of $484.5 million, or 8.4 percent, over the current year for a total of $6.27 billion. The 2018-19 budget plan includes record new spending on helping the homeless and those with substance abuse and mental health issues. It emphasizes breaking barriers for people leaving the criminal justice system, addresses the affordable housing crisis, the quality of life in neighborhoods and protects natural resources.

While maintaining prudent reserves, the budget retains or improves current levels of service to the County’s residents in many important categories, including public safety, repairs to 180 miles of roads, capital improvements including new libraries, new or improved fire stations, and the continued rollout of technologies that make it easier for residents to get informed about county services.

More than $175 million and 120 new jobs will be dedicated to meeting the needs of our most vulnerable residents, including those at risk or experiencing homelessness. A record high of more than $650 million will go toward behavioral health services. The plan sets aside funds to begin updating 15 community plans in the unincorporated area to expand housing options for residents of all income levels.

The County will also cut costs and permit processing times to boost housing stock for middle-income households. Another 500 acres of open space will help preserve the region’s natural beauty.

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