County approves $800 million budget

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At its Sept. 26 meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors passed its final budget for fiscal year 2017-18 without any further discussion. The total budget from county revenue is about $800 million, an $8 million increase from County Executive Officer George Johnson’s proposed budget in July.

“These increases will not prevent us from achieving structural balance next fiscal year, maintaining reserves above the $150 million level, and achieving full replenishment by FY 20/21, while still preserving out-year capacity to address anticipated cost increases for the new detention center,” Johnson wrote to the board.

He does not expect any uncommitted resources to be available for new programs for three years, in fiscal year 2020-21. Consequently, he told the board he cannot “recommend any further discretionary spending increases.”

The total county budget, including state and federal funds, exceeds $5.5 billion.

This increase was solely for the Sheriff’s Department budget, bringing its total net county costs to about $300 million. The District Attorney’s Office budget is about $100 million.

The board made no changes to Johnson’s recommendations, which only included the $8 million for the sheriff, which the board had agreed to in July.

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