San Diego County will hold two public hearings on its recommended $7.15 billion budget at the County Administration Center.
County leaders urge the public to participate in finalizing the new budget. Residents can attend upcoming public meetings on June 13 at 9 a.m. and a special night session on June 16 at 5:30 p.m.
People can attend the meetings and comment in person at the County Administration Center, or watch the meetings live online and make a request to speak via teleconference or submit a written eComment. Online comments on the budget will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 22, when the public comment period ends.
Those who wish to watch the meeting online can do so on Agenda Web Stream , Vimeo Livestream, YouTube, Facebook, and on Twitter. The meeting is available on Cox channel 24 or 19, Spectrum channel 24 or 85.
A call-in line is also available to listen to the live Board meeting while it is in session at 619-531-4716. This is a listen-only line.
The County introduced its recommended budget on May 5 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, which would add 1,000 staff members to various departments. According to the county, the recommended budget “builds on commitments to address mental health, homelessness, equity, racial justice, and climate change while upholding essential public safety, land use and social services”.
According to the county’s Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Robbins-Meyer, the new budget is 1.1 percent smaller than last year, primarily because of a decrease in the need for COVID-19 response.
County departments presented their individual budgets to the Board of Supervisors and the public May 19 and May 20. The county will release a revised recommended budget on June 24 before the Board of Supervisors adopts it during a June 28 public meeting.
To view the county’s recommended budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, visit https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/openbudget/en/home.html#:~:text=%247.15%20Billion,-CAO%20Recommended%20Fiscal&text=Explore%20the%20various%20expenditures%20recommended,%2C%20and%20finance%20%26%20general%20government.