Supervisors Pass $7.35 Billion San Diego County Budget for New Fiscal Year
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $7.35 billion budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, including $200 million in additional funding requests.
Part of the increase will go toward hiring more county employees, wildfire reduction efforts, and park or community center projects.
Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said budgets aren’t just buckets of money, but “a reflection of values,” which include better public safety and behavioral health services, sustainability, and more affordable housing.
“This is the most progressive and working-family-focused budget passed during my time here as a member of the Board of Supervisors,” Fletcher said in a statement.
Helen Robbins-Meyer, county administrative officer, said county staff has spent the last six months putting together “what I think is our best budget ever.”
According to a release from Fletcher’s office, budget highlights include nearly $225 million for health care and homelessness:
- $71.8 million will fund 115 new positions for the ongoing transformation of the behavioral health system, moving from crisis response to prevention and continuous care;
- $11.9 million from one-time stimulus funds to develop affordable housing to reduce homelessness;
- a $10-million increase to help those experiencing homelessness by working with cities to fund shelters and places for people to stay,
- more than $130 million for health care in county jails.