Welcome to the County of San Diego's Budget website!

The Operational Plan provides the County's financial plan for the next two fiscal years (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023).  The Operational Plan document identifies the major accomplishments achieved during the past year, discusses strategic objectives for the next two years,details planned expenditures over the next two years, and projects the resources that will be used to finance these activities. 


Helen Robbins-Meyer

Chief Administrative Officer
Helen N. Robbins-Meyer

It’s a new day at the County! We have built an operational plan that is more responsive to community voices than ever and builds upon a bold new Framework for the Future established by the Board of Supervisors.

As we introduce this new budget, you will see that the framework places equity at the forefront of all that we do and strengthens outcome-based programs and services to best meet the needs of our region. It also focuses on helping our residents and businesses come back strong after the devastating impacts of this pandemic.

Consistent with the framework, this budget sets a new foundation built upon racial equity, social and environmental justice, sustainability and economic opportunity. We are also examining all we do through a renewed focus on transparency and inclusion, one that brings community to the table and one that will strengthen our operations.

We remain focused on fiscal responsibility while prioritizing our resources based on data analysis and community need. While we continue to hold our core values of integrity, stewardship and service commitment at the forefront of our operations, we are also re-examining all our policies and programs to tear down structural racism and ensure equity is considered at every level of government programs and services.

The County of San Diego’s recommended budget is designed to help improve the lives of all San Diegans, especially the most vulnerable. This year’s budget will increase by 7.3% or nearly $0.5 billion over last year’s budget to more than $7 billion in Fiscal Year 2021-22.

Our top priority has always been and remains serving the residents of San Diego County by striving for excellence in everything we do.

The future is promising. Together we are strong, and together with the community and our Board, we will build upon the lessons learned in 2020 and strengthen our vision of a County that equitably builds better health, ensures safe living and thrives.


Executive Summary



The public can submit comments to the Board through  e-comment. The online comments can be submitted until budget hearings close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23.

To participate in the Board meetings remotely by speaking via teleconference, fill out the online Board of Supervisors tele-comments form and submit it before the start of the meeting.


May 6, 2021

CAO Recommended Operational Plan
Released to the Public

May 26-27, 2021

CAO Recommended Operational Plan
Budget Presentations

June 14, 2021

Public Hearings on
Recommended Budget Begin

June 16, 2021

Evening Public Hearing
on Recommended

June 29, 2021

Budget Deliberations
and Adoption


County Budget Reflects Residents’ Needs, Builds Framework for Future

May 6, 2021 | 12:32 PM

With a new budget that responds to voices in the community and follows a Framework for the Future that fundamentally changes our operations, the Chief Administrative Officer’s recommended budget was released today.

It calls for $7.03 billion in fiscal year 2021-22 spending, an increase of 7.3% and a net increase of 660 additional staff years, excluding staff from the Air Pollution Control District which became an independent agency on March 1.



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$7.03 Billion

CAO Recommended FY2021-22 Revenues

Explore the various recommended revenues made by the Chief Administrative Officer to the Board of Supervisors. This includes revenue from taxes, fees, and other charges for services.



$7.03 Billion

CAO Recommended FY2021-22 Budget

Explore the various recommended expenditures made by the Chief Administrative Officer to the Board of Supervisors. This includes expenditures in public safety, health, land use, and finance & general government.



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County of San Diego CAO Recommended Operational Plan
A comprehensive overview of the CAO's recommended financial plan for the County's operations for the next two fiscal years.

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County of San Diego CAO Recommended Operational Plan Change Letter
Proposed changes to the CAO Recommended Operational Plan submitted by the CAO and/or members of the Board of Supervisors. The CAO Change Letter updates the Recommended Operational Plan with information that becomes available after the latter document is published.

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County of San Diego Adopted Operational Plan
The Board of Supervisors' two-year financial plan that allocates resources to specific programs and services that support the County's long-term goals; it includes the adopted budget for the first year and a tentative budget that is approved in principle for the second year.