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

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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.