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County approves $7.2 billion budget with big investments in mental health, public safety



The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $7.2 billion budget that boosts money for mental health services, pandemic recovery and other programs.

The spending plan adds $200 million to the originally proposed budget of just over $7 billion, with big spending increases for the county’s Health and Human Services Agency and its Public Safety Group.

The five supervisors said the plan focuses on increasing equity in communities that have historically received fewer resources, expanding behavioral health programs and improving environmental sustainability.

“I believe this county budget reflects the values of San Diego County and reflects the values of this board,” Board Chair Nathan Fletcher said. “It is community-focused; it has been community developed. We saw rigorous input and feedback, and I think puts us on a path to build back better as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.” READ MORE