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|June 17, 2021|
SB County budget underscores economic recovery
San Bernardino County supervisors adopted a $7.6 billion budget Tuesday while hitting the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The spending plan is aimed at keeping significant resources available to address any possible future economic challenges. The Board set aside an additional $41 million towards its General Purpose Reserve and is projecting to end 2021-22 with a $19 million General Fund operating surplus.
Addressing community concerns, the 'supes' allocated $10.4 million over the next several years to help combat illegal marijuana cultivation, short-term rental oversight, illegal dumping and graffiti abatement, snow play nuisance abatement, illegal vending in problem areas and illegal trucking activities.
The budget reflects a renewed focus on fighting homelessness. Staffing will be added to the Homeless Strategic Plan, which aligns the county's homeless population with health and housing services provided by the county and its partners.
"We are being fiscally responsible with your tax dollars and we are listening to your priorities," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. "We are putting resources in the right direction and this budget gives us the opportunity to move this county forward."
Story Date: June 15, 2021