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Santa Barbara County Set To Look At New County Budget; No Cuts Proposed For First Time In Decade


Santa Barbara County leaders are set to begin final review of one of the most solid county budgets it’s had in years. For the first time in more than a decade no service reductions are being proposed for county departments.

The proposed $1.1 billion dollar spending plan for the 2019-2020 would include a $36 million dollar reserve fund. Officials say past decisions to set aside money for major projects like a new jail complex opening in Santa Maria mean the county is now well positioned financially for the future.

The proposal calls for more than 4200 full time employees, about 2% more than the current fiscal year.

County Supervisors will hold hearings on the budget proposal Tuesday, and if necessary will continue the process through next week.