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County to Begin Recommended Budget Hearings

 

Last updated 6/1/2024 at 2:01pm



The County Board of Supervisors will hold two public hearings next week on the recommended budget for fiscal year 2024 – 25.

The first budget hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4. The second hearing takes place in the evening and begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Both hearings will be held at the County Administration Center board chamber.

The recommended budget came out May 2 and totals $8.48 billion, an increase of $317.7 million or 3.9% over the 2023-24 adopted budget. The budget also includes roughly 72 new positions, a 0.4% increase.

The plan maintains core services and calls for funding to support the County’s budget priorities. They include behavioral health, homelessness, affordable housing, roads, justice reform and environmental sustainability.

Overall, the recommended budget increase is smaller than previous years, limiting the growth of staffing and reducing spending on capital projects.

The County provides many services across the region, including food and restaurant inspections, beach and bay water testing, elections, social services, health programs, foster care, adult protective services and more.

In addition, the County provides city-type services for those who live outside of the region’s 18 cities in the unincorporated area, including law enforcement and fire protection, and maintenance of parks, libraries and roads.

County staff prepared the budget using community input collected throughout the year, an equity assessment to evaluate potential impacts to vulnerable populations and additional data.

About half of the County’s budget funding comes from federal, state or other governments. The Governor released the revised state budget recently, and staff is currently reviewing it for impacts to the County and monitoring areas where revisions may be needed pending the final state budget. The overall economy may also affect projected County funding in the next couple of years.

The County will release its revised recommended budget June 13, with approval of the final budget by the Board of Supervisors expected on June 25. The budget will take effect July 1.

Learn more about the recommended budget by reviewing an executive summary or the full recommended budget plan.

Give your feedback and let us know how you prefer to receive updates on the budget process by leaving comments at Engage San Diego County now through June 13.

You can also watch, listen and participate in upcoming budget hearings, and the June 25 Board meeting for deliberations and adoption.

Attend the Meeting in Person

The meetings will take place in room 310 at the County Administration Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101.

Spanish language translation services for public speakers are available at Board meetings.

Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Persian (including Farsi, Dari), Somali, Spanish, Tagalog (including Filipino), and Vietnamese translations of the overall proceedings are also available upon request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Contact the Clerk’s office at (619) 531-5434 or email PublicComment@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Watch Online

The live stream broadcast online may be delayed by 45-seconds or more depending on the service and your internet connection.

Agenda Web Stream (Available live and archived several hours later)

Vimeo

County YouTube Channel (Closed captioning available)

Facebook Live

Twitter

Watch on TV

Cox channel 24 or 19

Spectrum channel 24 or 85

AT&T U-Verse Channel 19

Listen on the Phone

Call in to (619) 531-4716 for a listen-only line to the live Board meeting while it is in session.

Comment Online or by Phone

Online: Submit your feedback on the budget at Engage San Diego County’s budget page before public hearings formally end on June 13.

By phone: To speak during the live meeting by phone, fill out the Board of Supervisors tele-comments form and submit it before the meeting starts. After submitting the form, you will receive instructions on how to call in to the meeting.

For more information, visit the Clerk of the Board’s website or call 619-531-5434.

 
 
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