Supervisors View New Operational Plan

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning got an initial look at a recommended operational plan for the coming two fiscal years.

The presentation, delivered during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting at the County Administration Center in downtown San Diego, included a video (view above) that provides an overview of County operations and plans for the coming years.

The operational plan lays out a $5.06 billion budget for fiscal 2014-15 (view entire plan in pdf), which represents a 1.6 percent increase over the current year’s adopted budget. It also includes a $4.85 billion spending plan for fiscal 2015-16.

County Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer said that County revenues have increased slightly, enough to be able to restore some programs previously cut. But she emphasized that the County must continue to carefully assess risk. The biggest risk continues to be the slow economic recovery, she said.

“We’re certainly pleased that we’re moving in a positive direction, but consumer confidence is building at a snail’s pace,” she said. “The job outlook is improving, but layoffs still continue both in small business and also some of our largest corporations.”

Robbins-Meyer said the County couldn’t let “pent up demand that has been building during the economic downturn cause us to move too quickly.”

The recommended plan will be considered at a series of public hearings starting June 9. A final plan is expected to be approved in late June.

Michele Clock is a group communications officer with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact