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CHAIR FLETCHER RELEASES BUDGET MESSAGE ON EVE OF COUNTY BUDGET HEARINGS

05/18/22

 

Detailed presentations about the recommended County of San Diego 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Budget will be delivered on Thursday, May 19 and Friday May 20 starting at 9:00 a.m. both days. 

Chair Nathan Fletcher earlier this month said this budget is the “best recommended budget” presented since he joined the Board of Supervisors.  Today he released the following video message as San Diegans prepare to learn more of the budget details.

In the video Chair Fletcher says: “...We are doing more to tackle homeless than than ever before, including $10 million to help the 18 incorporated cities open new shelters, and more funding for Mobile Crisis Response Teams to help get the chronically mentally ill off the streets. The proposed budget in Behavioral Health Services is the largest in County history, and within the next year, the County will open 8 affordable housing developments, a record for any single fiscal year, this means more than 1,000 individuals will have a home.” 

Schedule of Hearings

May 19 @ 9:00 a.m. (Details Here)

  • Public Safety Group

  • Health and Human Services Agency 

May 20 @ 9:00 a.m. (Details Here)

  • Land Use and Environment Group

  • Finance & General Government Group 

Recommended Budget Highlights

  • Additional $71.8 million and 115 new positions for the ongoing transformation of the behavioral health system, moving away from crisis response, and into a prevention and continuous care model. 

  • $11.9 million from one-time stimulus funds to develop affordable housing to reduce homelessness.

  • $10 million increase to help people experiencing homelessness region wide by working with cities to fund shelters and places for people to stay. 

  • More than $130 million invested in health care in the County jails. 

  • Additional $2.2 million to protect communities and reduce wildfire risk in unincorporated areas through roadside vegetation management and fire breaks. 

  • 100 new positions for Child Welfare Services to support quality placements for children in care, to strengthen prevention services and connect families to community-based services. 

  • 100 new positions for essential services including Calfresh and Medi-Cal, to help people get the food and healthcare they need.  

  • 60 new positions for In-Home Supportive Services for older adults and people who are blind or disabled. 

  • Nearly $60 million for environmental improvements, including $40 million to address stormwater, $16.3 million on the Multiple Species Conservation Program and $3.4 million to improve the Tijuana River Valley.

Other Important Budget Activities & Dates

  • Virtual Community Budget Meetings: May 31 (District 4)

  • Public Hearing on the Recommended Budget: June 13 @ 9 a.m. 

  • Evening Public Hearing on Recommended Budget: June 16 @ 5:30 p.m. 

  • Revised Chief Administrative Officer Recommended Budget Released to Public: June 24

  • Budget Deliberations and Adoption: June 28 

Learn more about the recommended budget by visiting: budget.sandiegocounty.gov