San Diego County Board of Supervisors On Tuesday, it unanimously approved a budget of $ 7.35 billion for the fiscal year 2022-23, including $ 200 million in requests for additional funding.
Part of the increase will be allocated to hiring more county staff, firefighting efforts and park or community center projects.
Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said budgets are not just buckets of money, but “value reflections” that include better public safety and behavioral health services, sustainability and more affordable housing.
Helen Robbins-Meyer, the county administrator, said county staff had spent the past six months gathering “what I think is our best budget ever.”
Robbins-Meyer said that while promoting the values of both the community and the county, “it is a budget-sound, balanced budget with prudent reserves.”
According to an announcement from the Fletcher office, the most important points of the budget include:
– an additional $ 71.8 million and 115 new posts for the ongoing transformation of the behavioral health system, the transition from crisis management to the prevention and follow-up model;
– $ 11.9 million from one-off stimulus funds for the development of affordable housing to reduce homelessness.
– $ 10 million increase to help people experiencing homelessness working with cities to fund shelters and accommodation;
– over $ 130 million for health care in county jails.
– an additional $ 2.2 million to protect communities and reduce the risk of fire in non-integrated areas by managing roadside vegetation and fires;
– 100 new Child Welfare Services posts to support placements for foster children, improve prevention services and connect families with community-based services.
– 100 new positions for services including Calfresh and Medi-Cal.
– 60 new places for home support services for the elderly and the blind or disabled; and
– Nearly $ 60 million for environmental improvements, including $ 40 million for rainwater, $ 16.3 million for the Multi-Species Conservation Program, and $ 3.4 million for the Tijuana River Valley.
In early May, the county released its proposed $ 7.1 billion budget, with significant investments in mental health, homelessness, justice, tribal justice and climate change.
The budget required the addition of 1,000 employees to the so-called “priority areas”.
Earlier in the budget process, supervisors heard requests for funding from department heads and the general public. Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, observers praised residents, Robbins-Meyer and her colleagues and department heads for their contribution to shaping the new budget, which takes effect on July 1st.
– City news service
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