President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Mike Wasserman delivered the annual “State of the County Address” on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022.
The County is currently facing unique and dramatic funding challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the County has spent more than $1.3 billion on the pandemic response alone. FEMA reimbursements are coming in slower than anticipated, which will make balancing this year’s budget tougher than ever. But as always, we will find a way. Since the pandemic started, the 9,400 employees of the County Health System -- with the help of an addition 4,800 County Disaster Service Workers -- have provided more than 1.6 million COVID-19 tests and 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Progress continues on other fronts as well: Along with our regional partners, the County is meeting goals for new affordable housing units, and we are investing more in services for people experiencing mental health crises, substance abuse and other behavioral health disorders.
Santa Clara County faces challenges head on, with grit and determination, as well as compassion and intelligence, which is why our County is the best there is, in so many ways!
Click on the link below to watch the 2022 State of the County address.