Rachel Showalter

The San Luis Obispo City Council approved the 2021-23 financial plan at a meeting June 1. It includes an expansion of the city’s police budget, which has raised concern among some members of the community.

The two-year financial plan totals $173 million. The money is divided between a general fund, water, sewer, parking, transit and special revenue.

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Goleta residents could see their rate fees for garbage collection increase by 4% as soon as this summer.

KCBX Two-Way: After budget cuts, what's next for Lompoc?

Jul 31, 2019
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A recent announcement that the Central Coast’s Vandenberg Air Force Base will serve as a key operations center for the country’s expanding military activities in space has put a focus on the city of Lompoc.

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Despite speculation about bold moves—in a far left direction, even for this blue state—Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative Democrats actually landed a budget Thursday that’s surgical about new taxing and spending while still keeping promises to help poor Californians and working families.

CSU, UC among the winners in new California budget deal

Jun 9, 2018
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Gov. Jerry Brown has repeatedly fought requests for more state funding for the University of California and California State University.

Governor's budget earmarks funding for mental, inmate and rural health issues

May 14, 2018
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Governor Jerry Brown has proposed some one-time budget allotments that could improve health services for inmates, the mentally ill and rural residents going forward; all currently key issues in San Luis Obispo County.

Brown admin's untried proposal could save billions on pensions

May 19, 2017

UPDATE as of May 19, 2017: An earlier version of this story posted on the KCBX website incorrectly conflated Gov. Brown's proposal with cities' pension costs. KCBX News has removed the first two paragraphs that were initially added to Ben Bradford's story and published here on May 17, 2017 under the headline, "Could Gov. Brown's pension proposal help Central Coast cities?" Those additions concerned future budget gaps faced by the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo due in part to increased pension liabilities. Please scroll down to the end of this article to read more on why cities' pension costs are unrelated to the Governor's proposal. We regret the error. 

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A new Santa Maria DMV office aimed at relieving the pressures of a growing population will likely be built in the coming years.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday morning the county's budget for the coming 2015/2016 fiscal year, totaling $562.1 million.

Health and human services and public education make up about 60 percent of the total budget, according to Whitney Szentesi with the county's Administrative Office.

About $2.1 million of the budget will go to a variety of community programs, including homeless services and programs to drive economic development and foster the arts.

San Luis Obispo County includes funding for business incubator in budget

Jun 9, 2015
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Funding for a San Luis Obispo business incubator will now be included in the County's annual budget.

The board of supervisors unanimously approved an annual $200,000 in funds for the San Luis Obispo HotHouse this week.

Supervisor Adam Hill said he worked to create a partnership with the Hothouse and pushed to add funding for the incubator to the annual budget.

The HotHouse is a collaboration between Cal Poly and the community to help students and community members create businesses.

San Luis Obispo County has more to spend in 2014-15

Jun 12, 2014

San Luis Obispo County's 2014-15 budget is set to take effect on July first and includes dozens of projects that will get additional money because there's more to spend.

Guy Savage, the Assistant County Administrative Officer, says the county collected nearly $5.8 million more than the previous year in a variety of taxes, showing a stronger economy.

"We've been going through what we call the 'seven year pain plan' and this is the first year that we're not in the pain plan anymore," said Savage. "This is a very exciting year for us."

A Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report published Tuesday highlights budget concerns over the future operations of the proposed North County Jail.

The facility, just outside the Santa Maria city limits, was designed to help with the county's jail-overcrowding problem. Construction is expected to start next year with completion estimated for May of 2018.

The jury's report says there is an "uncomfortably high probability" that funding the jail's future operation could require new revenue sources, a cut in county services, or both—based on the county's budget plan.