On September 1st, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and her fellow Supervisors held hearings for Orange County’s 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. Supervisors examined the County’s seven program areas: public protection; community services; infrastructure & environmental services; general government; capital improvements; debt service; and insurance, reserves and miscellaneous. Straw votes were taken on each of the program’s requested budget restorations or augmentations. The Board of Supervisors will approve the final budget on September 15.
Below is a statement from Chairwoman Steel on the budget:
One year ago, Orange County families never could have dreamt that we’d be dealing with a worldwide pandemic. COVID-19 has devastated families, we’ve seen loved ones lost, front line medical workers pushed to the max, and many small businesses have closed their doors permanently.
Our County team has worked hard to put together a budget that funds critical health and social services and gives our law enforcement agencies the tools they need to keep our community safe and provide oversight. And our law enforcement agencies are doing everything they can to ensure our public safety in a very challenging environment.
We won’t be raising taxes, laying off employees, or emptying our reserves. I want to thank CEO Frank Kim, CFO Michelle Aguirre, the entire budget staff and our department heads and County employees for getting us here.
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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.