Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved the 2020-2021 Recommended Budget, which estimates the County’s total budget to be approximately $35.5 billion:

“Facing the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis, and its unfolding economic and fiscal impacts for the coming year, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved the 2020-21 Recommended Budget, which was developed well before the COVID-19 pandemic. As more information becomes available on the ever-evolving fiscal impacts of this public health crisis, the County’s budget will continue to be refined and modified until the Board of Supervisors adopts the budget this June.

“The Chief Executive Office has already identified a deficit of over $2 billion that will impact this fiscal year’s budget and next fiscal year’s budget. This deficit comes as a direct result of COVID-19 related costs and lost revenues. While there is hope that COVID-19 federal stimulus funding will soon come our way, the County is preparing for possible budget shortfalls. As we begin to prepare for the next fiscal year, we must brace ourselves for what will be a challenging year. LA County has already taken proactive measures to best position ourselves for the difficult times ahead of us.

“On March 31, 2020, I co-authored a Board motion with Chair Kathryn Barger to immediately freeze all non-essential hires and spending so that we can continue to provide vital services to our most vulnerable residents who lack a social safety net, while not holding up necessary resources to our County Departments that are on the frontlines of our COVID-19 crisis response. Budgets are a statement of our values, but this year it will also mirror our collective struggle, sacrifice, and pain as we, together, endure this pivotal moment. I want to reassure everyone in LA County that we will get through this critical time and come out all the more committed to recovery and healing for all. Our resolve to help one another is stronger than ever. With that, I will continue to ensure resources are equitably allocated to reach all communities served by our essential programs.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov