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Proposed budget to increase services while remaining fiscally prudent

 

Last updated 6/24/2019 at 9:54am



Jim Desmond

San Diego County Supervisor

This is an important few weeks for the County of San Diego. Although it’s my first year as a Supervisor, I know the importance of organizing our $6.2 billion budget. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 is one that is fiscally prudent, maintains a strong reserve, but also increases services in San Diego. We are lowering spending for one-time projects and raising spending for ongoing projects.

One of my biggest priorities when I was elected Supervisor was behavioral health. Our new proposed budget will spend $708 million on mental health services including, adding 123 workers, 177 psychiatric beds and exploring the creation of a mental health hub in Hillcrest. Also, under the proposed budget we will be adding at least 120 staff members for child welfare services.

Public safety is a top priority and we will be addressing this in the budget. We are creating two achievement centers for young people at risk of recidivism to juvenile hall. We are also adding $15 million for community services and diversion programs.

Something I’ve very excited about is a new fire station, which will be built for Palomar Mountain.

We are dedicating more money for open space parks, planting 3,5000 trees on public land and maintaining 2,000 miles of roads for the unincorporated areas.

Over the next few weeks the County will deliberate the budget and could make some changes. In the meantime, I’m excited about this budget, what it brings to the District 5 community and excitement of the future.

 

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