Board tentatively agrees to hike appropriations for public safety agencies

By PAUL J. YOUNG RIVERSIDE - Riverside County supervisors signaled today that they're willing to increase appropriations by $16.9 million to ensure the 2021-22 fiscal year budget contains greater revenue for sheriff's patrols, animal control and other operations. The second hearing on the proposed spending plan was held after the Board of Supervisors conducted its regular Tuesday business and focused on bucket lists submitted by each supervisor, which the Executive Office distilled and returned with final recommendations. The board is slated to vote on formal adoption of the budget during its June 29 meeting. County CEO Jeff Van Wagenen said the revised appropriations plan would include an additional $5.5 million for sheriff's patrol operations in unincorporated areas, partially closin
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