SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego residents will have their chance to weigh in on the county's $6.4 billion budget for the fiscal year 2020-21, during two virtual public hearings this week.
The proposed budget includes $100 million dedicated to testing, medical supplies, food distribution, and other needs related to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The budget also calls for the establishment of a new office of Equity and Racial Justice.
Another $15 million is earmarked for technological resources related to behavioral health services, including telehealth, electronic health record upgrades, outreach and engagement, workforce recruitment, and retention.
The proposed spending plan is $159 million -- or 2.5% -- larger than the last fiscal year's budget.
Residents can share their opinions on how they believe the money should be distributed on Monday at 9 a.m.
There is another public meeting scheduled on August 12th at 5:30 p.m.
County supervisors will vote on formally adopting the budget during their August 25th meeting.
The public health crisis has pushed back a formal approval of the budget, which usually happens in June.