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San Mateo County supervisors add $296 million in spending to final budget

 

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors added $296 million worth of expenditures to the final 2019-21 budget before adopting it Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The resulting 9.3% increase brings the budget total to $3.5 billion, up from $3.2 billion in the recommended budget passed in June, according to a Board of Supervisors release.

The increased spending includes converting 64 temporary county positions into permanent positions and adding 26 new jobs.

County Manager Mike Callagy determined that the permanent positions are necessary to take on increased workloads, time-sensitive projects and expand services, according to the release.

"The use of short-term employees was and remains very valid for some positions," Callagy said in the release. "However, some positions have changed to more of an ongoing function, and the retention of valuable employees in a tight market will save the county money."

Major revisions to the budget include:

• $10 million to plan and build a new morgue facility consolidated with the Coroner's Office on the San Mateo Medical Center campus.

• $3.9 million in grant funding from the Judicial Council of California, which allows the county Superior Court to contract with the county probation department for a new program that uses a validated risk assessment tool to determine pre-trial release eligibility.

• $1.76 million for the first year of a new six-year contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), which includes funding for a new wildland program.

• $11.9 million in rollover and grant adjustments for county parks projects, including the Midcoast multi-modal bicycle and commuter trail, trails in Wunderlich County Park in Woodside and improvements at Flood Park in Menlo Park and Coyote Point in San Mateo.

• $1.14 million to the elections division for election security, extra-help staff and voter outreach.

More information on the county budget can be found online at cmo.smcgov.org/budget-policy-and-performance.

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