Los Angeles County Council eyes recommended budget of $38.5 billion

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider preliminary approval of a recommended $38.5 billion budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year on Tuesday.

The recommendation is $807 million less than the enacted budget for the current fiscal year, but $2.3 billion more than last year’s recommended budget. Officials said the proposed budget, which will be presented to the board by the county CEO, is expected to increase as the county receives additional federal and state funding.

“This budget brings to life the policy vision established by the Board of Overseers and sets a course for the county to strengthen the programs and services we provide to millions of residents every day,” County CEO Fesia said Monday. Davenport, in a statement. “This means continuing to respond vigilantly to an evolving pandemic, while accelerating the launch of new departments focused on key populations and driving major changes in the way we deliver services. It’s a dynamic time for Los Angeles County, and this recommended spending plan aims to reflect that.

The proposal forecasts a positive economic outlook for the county, with property tax revenues expected to increase by 6% and sales tax revenues expected to increase by nearly 8%. However, Davenport, who said the county is “cautiously optimistic,” warned of challenges and uncertainties including inflation, labor negotiations, the continued impacts of COVID-19, litigation and a geopolitical climate. unstable affecting gas prices and world markets.

Generally, the budget recommendation is divided into $12.985 billion for health-related services, $9.597 billion for public assistance, $9.461 billion for public protection, $5.737 billion for general and other services. costs, $737 million for recreation and culture.

It is recommended that the Sheriff’s Department receive approximately $3.6 billion, roughly the same amount as the current fiscal year.

The recommended budget also includes $493.3 million in Measure H funding to help mental health resources and housing for people experiencing homelessness.

The budget recommendation includes funding for a total of 513 new positions, bringing the county’s total employment count to 111,551. Most of the new positions are focused on public health, health and safety net services, including 116 new public health posts, 196 new critical care nursing posts and 41 new “street medicine” clinic posts.

The recommended budget would also allocate $15.3 million for continued compliance with a federal consent decree governing conditions at the Men’s Central Jail, which the Board of Supervisors has pledged to close. The proposal also includes $12.3 million to expand Sheriff’s Academy courses and train a ‘new generation of deputies’, while continuing to rely more on mental health professionals to respond to some incidents rather than law enforcement.

Also offered is $100 million through Measure J for “community investments” and incarceration alternatives, and support for the county’s “Care First, Jails Last” program. In accordance with Measure J, the county aims to set aside 10% of its locally generated unrestricted revenue to support the Care First and Community Investment programs by 2024.

Investments for youth outlined in the recommended budget include $22.8 million for full-time child care for CalWORKS families, $15.7 million for the [email protected] jobs program, and $14.1 million dollars for medical center services from the Ministry of Children and Family Services.

The county is also expected to introduce four new departments in the next fiscal year, which Davenport said “must be something of a record, at least in the county’s modern day.”

The new departments are Department of Justice Care and Opportunity, Department of Youth Development, Department of Aging and Disability, and Department of Economic Opportunity.

The recommendation also includes $188 million for water conservation projects, $1.6 billion for capital projects and $85.3 million to improve and expand parks.

The $38 billion is funded by multiple sources, including 22%, or $8.5 billion, from the state and 15%, or $5.8 billion, from the federal government. However, state and federal government revenues are tied to specific programs. The county also has $8.124 billion in utility fees, $8.3 billion in property taxes, and $7 billion in other revenue.

Davenport will present the budget to the Supervisory Board on Tuesday. The budget will be the subject of public hearings from May 11 and deliberations will begin on June 27. The final budget will be adopted in October.

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