San Diego will be spending more money next fiscal year – but the county’s still watching its wallet.

With unemployment numbers down and revenues up, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors just approved a small, yet optimistic, increase in the $5 billion budget.

But where does that money come from, and where does the county spend it?

READ MORE: Where San Diego County Gets Its $5 Billion – And Where it Goes

The increased budget will work to bring back some programs lost in the recession, like the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, which advocates for older San Diegans living in nursing homes. More money will also get poured into new libraries, crime labs and security for downtown San Diego’s new Waterfront Park.

In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Voice of San Diego’s Ari Bloomekatz highlight how the county’s money comes in, where it gets spent and what an increase in the budget says about San Diego’s outlook on the future.

Gwyneth is an intern for Voice of San Diego.

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