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Ventura County Holding Hearings On Proposed $2.16 Billion Dollar Budget

It’s being called a tight budget, but includes proposals for spending increases in public safety and social services.

Ventura County could approve a $2.16 billion dollar budget this evening. The budget plan is 5.6% higher than last year’s, with the increases focused on areas like public safety. But, state and federal funding will help pay for new positions needed to help in areas like health care, and adult and child protective services. The plan also includes adding to the county’s reserves, which would push them to $136 million dollars, the highest in the county’s history.

County Supervisors are holding a public hearing on the plan this afternoon, and a second tonight, and could vote this evening depending on whether they get through the hearing, or have to continue it to another day.