County considers $4.77 billion budget

A proposed $4.77 billion spending plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year will be presented to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors next week.

The spending plan represents a 1.9 percent reduction from the current fiscal year’s $4.86 billion budget, according to documents posted online.

A further drop is expected for the following fiscal year, in which Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard will propose a $4.62 billion budget. The county plans two years at a time.

The proposal for next year includes an increase of $35.8 million for public safety, which includes the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney, Public Defender, Probation, and Medical Examiner. The Sheriff’s Department would gain 62 new jobs, while the District Attorney would lose 44 positions under the plan.

Community Services, which includes departments like animal services, libraries, and the Registrar of Voters, would get an additional $13.6 million.

The Health and Human Services Agency would pick up an extra $9 million to spend, and the equivalent of 176 full-time jobs.

Land Use, which includes Planning and Land Use; Agriculture, Weights & Measures; and Parks and Recreation, would receive $31 million less than in the current fiscal year.

Financial and general government operations would be $22.6 million lower, mainly because planned technology projects are smaller.

Spending on capital improvement projects would be $79.1 million less -— a 62 percent drop over the current year. Ekard noted that such expenditures can fluctuate wildly based on scheduling of major projects.

Overall, the budget proposes the equivalent of 15,958 full-time jobs for 2012-13, up by 271 over the current fiscal year.

The supervisors plan to begin public hearings on the budget proposal on June 11.

   
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