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Ducks in a row? Santa Barbara County proposes $1.4 billion budget with no program, service cuts


Plan includes increased spending for homeless services, repairs to infrastructure like roads and parks.

Santa Barbara County leaders are set to begin review next week of a proposed $1.4 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. For the fourth year in a row, the budget is expected to keep the line on services and programs, with no reductions needed.

The plan calls for the county to spend more than $30 million to combat homelessness. Combined with more than $22 million in federal funding, the nearly $53 million will be the most the county has ever spent in a year to try to tackle the problem.

Another high priority in the county’s proposed budget is improving the county’s aging infrastructure. The plan includes spending $27 million for things like road, parks, and building improvements.

County Supervisors will review the proposals during three days of budget hearings next week, with final decisions expected in June.