Rejecting calls to defund the Sheriff’s Department, a divided Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 23, approved a budget battered by the novel coronavirus pandemic that restores funding cut from social services and other agencies and relies heavily on a dwindling pool of federal aid and strategic reserves.
The $6.5 billion spending plan for the budget cycle that starts July 1 could change if drops in tax revenue and state funding are worse than expected. The board will revisit the budget in September once the money picture clears up.
In many respects, the budget is on autopilot, with state and federal funding covering more than $6 billion. The board has direct control over about $922 million in discretionary spending.