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The following article was posted on June 17th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 15 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 15

Supervisors pass a $905 million budget

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

In addition to passing a $905 million budget that puts Santa Barbara County in the black—$2 million more in revenue than expenditures—county supervisors also put a plan into place that allocates more than $100 million to the maintenance budget over the next 10 years.

Fourth District Supervisor Peter Adam was the sole dissenting vote against the budget on June 11, saying that the maintenance plan doesn’t fully fund what the county needs for upkeep on parks, buildings, and roads.

“Clearly, for you, it’s all or nothing,” 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal told Adam during the hearing. “It can’t be all or nothing. How silly is that?”

Carbajal added that even though Adam lost the fight over Measure M during the June primary, he really won.

“We are responding,” Carbajal said.

The maintenance plan allocates 18 percent of expected revenue growth for maintenance costs over the next 10 years.

The $905 million budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 is a $53.8 million increase from fiscal year 2013-2014. That jump is due to increases in tax revenue, state and federal funding, and charges for county services.