County unanimously approves next budget
STOCKTON — The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a $1.62 billion balanced budget for fiscal year 2017-18.
The approved budget includes a $127 million increase from the previous year.
Included in the budget is $326.2 million for law and justice departments. That will allow for a net increase of 16 full-time positions, in the Sheriff’s, District Attorney and Public Defender offices. Probation will lose seven positions. The budget also includes funds for courthouse repairs and upgrades to the county jail and honor farm.
Proceeds from the county’s Transient Occupancy Tax, charged to hotel guests, will go toward funding tourism activities and economic development. That includes funds for iHub San Joaquin and the Gateway to Growth magazine, as well as incentives for businesses that relocate to San Joaquin County.
The budget also includes more than half a million dollars for repairing, maintaining and improving levees.
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