Redwood City – County Executive Mike Callagy today released a final budget proposal that focuses on long-term goals: ending homelessness, advancing an equity-based COVID-19 economic recovery; and creating modern and efficient public buildings.
The proposal includes $134.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds to help communities most impacted by the pandemic. The budget also contains $185.7 million to boost the County’s efforts to effectively end homelessness by increasing support services to prevent homelessness and building permanent, affordable housing.
“This budget proposal reflects what the community has clearly desired: solutions to some of our most persistent challenges,” Callagy said. “That means a laser-like focus on providing real assistance to individuals and families in innovative ways and treat individuals and families with the dignity and respect they deserve as we create permanent solutions to the housing crisis.”
The Board’s consideration is the last step in a months-long process that began with the approval of the Fiscal Year 2022-23 Recommended Budget. This final budget recommendation reflects changes to the Recommended Budget based on fresh revenue assumptions and policy and program changes.
The plan for 2022-23 calls for an increase of $791.2 million from the Recommended Budget, to $4.2 billion. This is fueled in large part by unanticipated growth in property taxes and sales taxes, along with the infusion of federal and state funds to assist with COVID-19 relief.
“Despite the unanticipated growth in FY 2021-22, the County continues to take a calculated and conservative approach in budgeting for FY 2022-23,” Callagy wrote in a message to the Board accompanying the final budget recommendations.
Taking a long-term approach, Callagy’s final budget proposal includes an additional $158 million for capital projects. This fully funds four high-priority projects currently under way or in the final planning stages:
- Cordilleras Mental Health Center, a 121-bed treatment center that will replace a current facility built as a tuberculosis ward during the Truman Administration.
- Navigation Center, a 240-bed shelter to provide safe, temporary living spaces for homeless individuals and couples with services designed to help clients find and maintain stable housing.
- County Office Building 3 (San Mateo County Civic Center), a five-story administrative center under construction in downtown Redwood City.
- San Mateo County Health Campus, renovations to current facilities and replacement of outdated ones.
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