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Maricopa County supervisors approve $4.35 billion budget

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved a new $4.35 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget was boosted in part thanks to roughly half a million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide Maricopa County with funding to increase affordable housing projects, fund food banks and strengthen addiction recovery programs.

About half the total budget goes to public safety, including dozens of new hires in the sheriff’s and county attorney’s offices.

And to prepare for the 2024 election, supervisors set aside $10.1 million for the upcoming primary and general elections, as well as the Presidential Preference Election. There’s also $9 million earmarked to replace faulty ballot on-demand printers that failed at voting centers during the 2022 election.

Ben Giles is a senior editor at KJZZ.