San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors held their annual budget hearing Monday, with a $630 million budget for the year.
Supervisor of district three, Adam Hill said the board is trying to tackle the important issues facing the county, “We have some long-running priorities like public safety and being able to address some of them related to that so we’ve been able today for instance, one of the initiatives that will hopefully be a successful initiative when we’re rolling it out, called Stepping Up, which is to reduce the number of mentally ill that end up in jail.”
Pay increases for county employees, affordable housing, and a program called 70Now, which the county will provide a house for 70 chronic homeless people are also additions to this year’s budget plan.
While the hearing helped to establish an outline for 2019-2020 budget, the planning does not end today.
“It’s an on-going process essentially, even though every year we have to by law adopt a budget for the state, our local county budget, we are always working on it. As most people know there’s no shortage of needs, it’s resources that can be tough,” Hill said.
Another round of meetings is set to take place this Wednesday to discuss community based organizations before a budget is formally adopted next week.