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SD County proposes new budget

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposed $5.4 billion San Diego County budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 will be presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, envisioning a 6.1 percent spending increase over the current fiscal year.

According to a staff report, spending in the county's Public Safety Group -- which includes the Sheriff's and Probation departments and District Attorney's Office -- would rise $62.1 million, or 3.8 percent, from this year.

The budget for the Health and Human Services Agency would increase $103.3 million, or 5.4 percent. The county says about half of the increase stems from a higher caseload for in-home supportive services.

The Land Use Group, which includes public works and planning, would have spending go up $6.4 million, or 1.5 percent. Community Services -- with libraries and parks -- would see a $2.9 million hike, or 0.9 percent. A $17.4 million jump, or 4.5 percent, is planned for Finance and General Government, thanks to maintenance costs and one-time technology expenses.

The county's spending on capital expenses, which fluctuates wildly from year to year depending on when projects are ready to come off the drawing board, would climb $55.5 million, or 66.2 percent.

The staff report says the county has received $54.9 million in additional funding for its crime lab and $50.6 million to upgrade the regional communications system.

The county, which budgets in two-year cycles, also projects spending $5.1 billion in 2016-17, according to a staff report.

Public hearings on the spending plan are set to begin June 1.

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