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San Diego County’s Proposed $5 Billion Budget Goes Before The Public

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Aired 5/8/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Greg Cox, Chair, San Diego County Supervisor, (District 1)


The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to begin public hearings June 10 on a proposed $4.97 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The plan would increase spending by 2.5 percent over the current year. It would also provide funding for the equivalent of 16,601 full-time jobs, an increase of 3.7 percent.

Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer presented the spending plan to the supervisors, and called it one of "modest growth."

Most of the new positions would be in public safety and the Health and Human Services Agency, both of which will receive spending increases. The proposal calls for public safety to get a 4.4 percent boost to pay for more detention staff, operate the expanded women's jail for part of the year and make higher retirement contributions.

Health and Human Services would get an extra 3.6 percent to pay for changes to various programs and add staff. The Land Use and Environment, and Finance and General Government sectors would also get more money. Funding for capital projects is set to decrease by almost 39 percent. However, infrastructure spending varies widely from year to year because of the way the county funds its projects.


SD County Recommended Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-14 & 2014-15

SD County Recommended Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-14 & 2014-15


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Work that would be funded in the next fiscal year are libraries in Alpine and Imperial Beach, renovation of the assessor's branch office in El Cajon, $9.8 million in debt service for the Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility in Santee and $10 million for its Multiple Species Conservation Program. Supervisor Greg Cox said the proposed budget was "balanced and well thought out."

Robbins-Meyer said the county faces several risks, including a "fragile" economy, unemployment that remains high despite recent job gains and uncertainty over sequestration spending cuts by the federal government and the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act. She also said the state Legislature was preparing bills to shift higher health care costs onto counties.

The county, which plans its budgets two years at a time, also has proposed spending $4.81 billion in 2014-15.

The county proposed a $4.77 billion budget in 2012, but came in at $4.86 billion.

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DIZZY | May 9, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

$10 million for its Multiple Species Conservation Program.Exactly what species of what? Are we paying for hundreds of goons in the City to implement huge new regulations on property owners? Will we have to pay fines if we do not implement mundane upgrades or other changes to private property to save the cockroach? Lets stop this insanity.

Man must stop trying to be God and that is exactly what beaurocrats are doing by implementing laws on the lower classes of folks that are Not in Government positions of power.This is just more revenue generation from the working class to pay for the uneducated, poor, refugees who cannot support themselves for whatever reason.
This organization appears to be connected with the health and human services department . I can connect the dots ,how about you?

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