The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Friday quickly approved a $4.1 billion budget that county leaders called "a welcome respite from deficits.''
For the first time in 11 years, the county said it did not have to make major cuts combined with revenue measures to meet projected annual deficits in excess of $200 million.
County officials were able to maintain the budget due to a few factors, including an improved economy and $75 million in employee concessions.
The $2.2 billion general fund budget reflects a proposed spending plan for all discretionary and many mandated services for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget added 350 jobs, many related to the state's Public Safety Realignment Act, which transfers responsibilities for certain state prisoners to counties.
Among other investments planned for the upcoming fiscal year, supervisors designated $100 million in technology bonds to help pay for a new electronic medical records system at Valley Medical Center and to beef up the county's 911 equipment and radio system, among other expenses.
The board also established a general fund reserve of about $110 million to cover impacts from state and federal budgets.
Contact Tracy Seipel at 408 275-0140.