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Santa Barbara County budget funds city project

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 19:54:33-04

Santa Barbara County officials approved the $1.105 billion budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, with added funding for a city project to improve traffic. 
The board is dedicating $155,000 to extend the Union Valley Parkway near Santa Maria and solar and energy plans. 
This addition will give more traffic options, which were just restricted to driving on Santa Maria Way. 
Only one supervisor voted against funding Union Valley Parkway. 
The budget also gives $1.5 million to repay the $5.9 million pulled from the Strategic Reserves earlier this year for disaster response like the Montecito mudslides.
"The Board adopted a balanced budget with no layoffs, few service reductions, replenishment of reserves, and increased maintenance funding while continuing a commitment to long standing priorities like the Northern Branch Jail and fire district funding," County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato said. "In this budget, they also were able to allocate more funding to libraries, public safety needs and environmental initiatives."
The budget is increased by 2.5 percent in comparison to last years.