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Public to weigh in on San Diego County's proposed budget for COVID-19 relief

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Posted at 7:58 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 10:58:52-04

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.