The Board of Supervisors has approved a $485 million budget for the coming fiscal year, an increase of five percent, or $25 million.
Supervisors approved an additional 48 positions, bringing the total to 2,602. Approximately 21 of those workers were added during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The budget is austere, and anticipates challenging fiscal times ahead.
“The bottom line is that business as usual isn't going to cut it anymore,” said Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox. “It's a pretty simple dynamic: the money coming in isn't keeping up with the money going out.