In recent weeks municipalities across the region and around the state grappled with finalizing their budgets for the new fiscal year. This year, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (Board) made it look easy when they reached a consensus in June and voted unanimously to adopt a $6.9 billion-dollar budget for the fiscal year beginning Jul 1, 2019. According to county postings the budget fully funds increased costs to maintain current levels of public service, makes a substantial contribution to capital project needs and allocates funding to many projects and programs that support the Countywide Vision in addition to other goals and objectives determined by the supervisors. In a written statement to the Board, the county’s Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride declared, “The Board’s longstanding fiscally prudent approach, coupled with continued growth in property and sales tax revenues, has placed the county in a position to take care of immediate needs and strategically invest in the future.” Some examples of the funding recommendations considered include allocations to enhance public safety through programs like the Sheriff Department’s HOPE (Homeless Outreach Proactive Enforcement) and START (Sheriff’s Transitional Assistance Reentry Team) programs; improve decision-making capabilities through the use of technology like Esri GIS licenses and support; address workload issues, particularly staffing for the District Attorney and Public Defender offices; and invest in capital projects, such as gully funding for the Valley Dispatch Center project. Beyond all of this, the budget also includes $406.9 million dollars in reserves; one billion dollars for law and justice; $2.3 billion for human services and $721 million for the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.