June 28, 2022
County budgets rise reflecting needs of increasing population
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County Supervisors are being presented with a preliminary budget that meets the needs of the county’s increasing population. It weighs in at $7.4 billion in funding for vital services. That’s up more than 8 percent from 2021-22 spending plan.

Approximately $1 billion of the new budget is discretionary to meet additional priorities.

Five million dollars is earmarked for infrastructure such as sewer lines and sidewalks in underserved, unincorporated areas.

On the flip side, incoming revenue is up by $607 million, or 9 percent compared to prior budget. The increase is attributed to taxes, state revenue, including Prop. 172, and federal revenue.

The county is rebuilding its reserves starting next fiscal year is $368 million.

County Executive Officer Jeff Van Wagenen says the county budget is being transformed “from a program-based model to a client-focused model.”

Budget hearings ended Tuesday and will be followed by adoption of the final budget June 28th.

Across the county line, San Bernardino County Supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed a balanced, $8.6 billion county budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

The 'supes' concurred that budget makes substantial investments in public safety, efforts to reduce homelessness, technology in pursuit of heightened public service, and bracing the county against financial instability.
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