County Budget 2024 - 26

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The County’s Operational Plan, also referred to as the County Budget, is a two-year plan reflecting how exactly funds will be used in the first year and making recommendations on spending for the second year.

With equity at its core, the Budget prioritizes specific areas to fund. These areas are identified based on several factors, including County values, mandated responsibilities, Board direction, resource availability, and resident interest and concern.

The Budget is prepared by outlining the County's roles, examining the data, considering community feedback, and pinpointing funding priorities.

Like your wallet, the County’s programs and services are not immune to

The County’s Operational Plan, also referred to as the County Budget, is a two-year plan reflecting how exactly funds will be used in the first year and making recommendations on spending for the second year.

With equity at its core, the Budget prioritizes specific areas to fund. These areas are identified based on several factors, including County values, mandated responsibilities, Board direction, resource availability, and resident interest and concern.

The Budget is prepared by outlining the County's roles, examining the data, considering community feedback, and pinpointing funding priorities.

Like your wallet, the County’s programs and services are not immune to the impacts of a volatile economy. That is why your input is as critical as ever as the region works together to identify priorities and pathways to fortify our community.

And as we engage with you on the Budget, we want to ensure the process works for you.

  • How do you prefer to connect with the County on the Budget?
  • What information are you interested in?
  • How would you like to receive notices?

The survey below is one of the ways to provide your feedback.

About the Budget:

In the unincorporated areas, the County provides things a city typically would, like roads, parks, libraries, and more. But regionwide, the County has even larger responsibilities. For example, it provides services for mental health and substance use issues and provides food and medical assistance to those who need them. The County addresses homelessness and affordable housing, monitors public health for disease outbreaks, and inspects restaurants, buildings, gas stations, price scanners, harmful insects, and beach water.

The District Attorney’s Office, Probation, Office of Emergency Services, and Child Support provide services to the entire county too. The Sheriff’s Department oversees the unincorporated area but is also paid by some cities for law enforcement. The County runs elections, collects property taxes, keeps vital records and the list goes on.

Funding must support all existing programs and cover new ones.

Where does the money for the budget come from?

A large share comes from the state and federal governments. But those tax dollars must be spent on certain programs. Some money comes in from property taxes, fees for services, and other sources.

Once the funding for state and federal-mandated programs is accounted for, the County looks at what funds are left to spend and considers how to get the most out of the remaining tax dollars.

Learn More:

To learn more about the Recommended Budget, review the information on the right-hand side of this page and visit San Diego County Open Budget(External link).

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    With equity at its core, the Budget prioritizes specific topic areas to fund. These areas are identified based on several factors. These factors include County values, mandated responsibilities, Board direction, resource availability, and areas of resident interest and concern.

    The responses to this survey will be considered by the County in balance with other critical factors. It will also inform how we connect with you through the budget development process. 


    There are three parts to the survey 1) priority budget topics based on what the community has shared with us, 2) information and communication preferences, and 3) about you. The survey is 12 questions long and may take 5 - 10 minutes to complete. 

    Language and Accessibility Services 

    To access the survey in another language, click here and select your preferred language from the Google Translate widget on the top right-hand corner of the page.

    If you need disability accommodations or would like to provide your feedback in an alternate format, please contact engage@sdcounty.ca.gov and provide your name and preferred contact method and we will connect with you. Alternatively, you may call (619) 595-4633.

    Your input is appreciated! The survey will be open until March 17, 2024. 



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