June 17, 6:23 A.M.: The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors passed a $3.7 billion budget that includes across the board general fund increases for departments including the sheriff's, probation, mental health, and parks. The general fund spending is about 100 million more than last fiscal year.
The general fund spending is about $100 million more than last fiscal year.
Original Post: The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is holding its final budget hearings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week on the county's $3.7 billion spending plan.
The proposed budget includes an increase of about $100 million in general-fund spending. The increase comes from higher tax revenues and money left over from last year's budget.
The spending plan includes $33 million for homeless programs, $6 million to address a high African American childhood mortality rate, and $6.7 million for undocumented immigrant healthcare.
Board Chairman Phil Serna says the county has restored some services lost during the Great Recession but has not spent recklessly.
"Now we're in a position where we can continue to keep our thumb on the pulse of maintaining our fiscal footing, but at the same time look at some modest growth in various departments so that we can begin to restore some services," he says.
The Sheriff's Department, animal services and mental health budgets would also increase.
Serna expects the board to vote on the budget Wednesday.