Los Angeles County’s balanced, $31.4 billion budget for 2018-2019 was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 25, 2018.
The spending plan represents a blueprint for confronting the region’s most difficult social challenges. Chief Executive Officer Sachi A. Hamai noted that it “demonstrates the County’s determination to elevate the quality of life for all residents, no matter what their circumstances or paths.”
It also builds a foundation for future progress through an array of proven programs and services, including support for a range of vital commitments—from the County’s vast healthcare system to its essential public safety operations to its broad beaches and world-class cultural institutions.
At the same time, it embraces the County’s longstanding commitment to conservative fiscal practices—including bolstering the County’s Rainy Day Fund—which have consistently led to strong credit ratings and taxpayer savings.
The budget specifically aims to advance the ambitious priorities of the five-member Board of Supervisors. Among other initiatives, the spending plan:
- Ramps up the fight against homelessness through Measure H investments that already have helped place more than 3,000 homeless families and individuals in permanent housing
- Enhances the lives of children and families through funding commitments and innovations in foster care, youth jobs and expanded recreational opportunities, including the popular Parks After Dark Program
- Expands access to medical and mental health services, including substance abuse treatment and the hiring of hospital-care companions for patients who need observation in medical-surgical areas of County medical centers
- Promotes justice reform through diversion and innovation, including allocations for supportive housing and intensive case management services and other programs to reduce recidivism.
The budget also continues to support the County’s work on behalf of immigrants and its commitment to environmental justice. In addition to these high-priority policy areas, the plan invests in new facilities, infrastructure repair and improvements in monitoring and remediating storm water pollution, including in the Santa Monica Bay.
Under the adopted budget, the County’s workforce now stands at 111,392.
Additional changes are expected in October, when the Board considers the Supplemental Budget, which is intended to address emerging issues or priorities.