By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a balanced 2016-17 county budget that includes funding to improve security for county employees and facilities, construct and maintain county infrastructure and pay for ongoing mental health and medical services for county residents. The $5.5 billion budget acknowledges the likelihood of another economic downturn in the near future and contributes an additional $62.8 million to reserves. Highlights of the budget include:
- $10.2 million in funds towards improving the security of county employees, including $2 million to conduct a security assessment of all county facilities and $8.2 million in immediate improvements to facilities, such as expanded security guard services, upgraded security cameras and key card access installations
- The Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator is continuing to fund the Homeless Outreach Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) program, which provides services to the homeless population that help in the transition from homelessness.
- The Public Works Transportation budget includes more than $35.0 million in major infrastructure projects, funded in part with Discretionary General Funding.
- The Department of Aging and Adult Services budget of $8.3 million will supplement programs such as the Elderly Nutrition, Supportive Services, Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, and Family Caregiver.