County approves $5B budget

County approves $5B budget

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $5.08 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and a $4.87 billion spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

SD COUNTY ADMIN OFFICEThe budget for the upcoming year — about 1.6 percent larger than the current year — includes $1.9 billion for the county Health and Human Services Agency and $1.6 billion to be spent on public safety.

“The new budget reflects the county’s rock-solid finances, along with our efforts to spend money as prudently as possible and to make sure we’re doing right by taxpayers,” board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said. “It includes additional money for fire protection as we enter what could be another brutal wildfire season.”

Public safety spending will be around 5.6 percent higher than this year, with funding for new fire equipment, and information technology and communications projects for the County Fire…

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