Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich issued the following statement on the proposed county budget for 2016-17:
“The Chief Executive Officer has done a superb job developing a responsible county budget which reflects the Board’s key priorities including public safety, mental health services, the homeless initiative, jail diversion and re-entry. The budget continues to demonstrate stabilization, supplements the rainy day fund and addresses pension liabilities. Additionally, the Board unanimously approved my motion with Supervisor Solis requesting that the Sheriff’s allocation of increased patrols in unincorporated areas prioritize its deployment to areas with the highest crime rates.
Additionally, the CEO’s leadership has resulted in the implementation of a management structure within the organization and county departments which emphasizes efficiency and a common sense approach to decision-making at all levels. This year, she has also accomplished a major restructuring of health, mental health and public health by establishing a consolidated health agency.
Maintaining a balanced budget for the long-term will be an ongoing challenge which will require continued sound fiscal management by the Board.”