FLETCHER: COUNTY BUDGET REFLECTS CHANGE SET OUT TO ACHIEVE 4 YEARS AGO
Since 2019, Chair Nathan Fletcher has been fighting to ensure San Diego County’s annual budget reflects the progressive values that put people before profits, and while there has been incremental progress every year since, the new $7.15 billion fiscal year 2022-2023 budget is “the best recommended budget” presented since he joined the Board of Supervisors.
“We have worked over the last four years to redirect the priorities of the County to create a budget centered on investments and action to make a positive difference for San Diego, and our efforts are starting to take hold, which is evidenced by this latest budget,” said Chair Fletcher. “It’s the best recommended budget that I’ve seen since joining the Board because of its focus on supporting working families, and vulnerable communities.”
“I am also encouraged by the investments in Mobile Crisis Response Teams, shelter for the homeless and new affordable housing, but there’s more work to do to ensure we are maximizing our resources for the greater good of San Diego County residents,” Chair Fletcher said. “Over the next several weeks we will engage with individuals, neighborhood groups and other community stakeholders to get their feedback, and determine if we can improve upon this very strong 2022-2023 budget.”
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.
Important Budget Activities & Dates
- Chief Administrative Officer Recommended Budget Presentations: May 19-20
- 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
The budget decreased by 1.1% compared to Fiscal Year 21-22 due to the removal of one-time costs for COVID-19 response and reductions in the capital program.
Learn more about the recommended budget by visiting: budget.sandiegocounty.gov