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Supervisors propose public dashboard tracking county's COVID-19 costs

Full board to consider plan on Tuesday

Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Dave Cortese announced a proposal Wednesday to create a public dashboard tracking the county's costs accrued during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The dashboard, as proposed, would include breakdowns of expenses across about a half-dozen categories, including by board committee, county department, date, time and vendor.

On May 4, members of the media visit a classroom where COVID-19 tests will be administered at James Lick High School in east San Jose, one of Santa Clara County's test sites. Photo by Lloyd Lee.

The dashboard would also feature data on expenses that will be reimbursed through state or federal funds and costs incurred from modifying the county's shelter-in-place order.

"The post-COVID future will be a sobering one that will include hard decisions," Ellenberg said. "In order for those decisions to be responsible and well-informed, we first need a clear view of what has been spent to date, where we still need to spend, and what we can cut that will cause the least amount of harm."

Cortese and Ellenberg said they hope the dashboard can improve public awareness and transparency of the county's budget approval process next month.

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"We are facing significant budget cuts for the next fiscal year," Cortese said. "We need to know where we are in COVID-19 related costs and spending so that we can plan for our future needs in supporting individuals and businesses who will still be impacted by coronavirus."

The county already has COVID-19-related dashboards for data on cases and deaths, hospital capacity, testing and long-term care facility capacity.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the dashboard's creation at its May 26 meeting, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Links for the audio and video streams of the meeting can be found here.

Find comprehensive coverage of the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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Supervisors propose public dashboard tracking county's COVID-19 costs

Full board to consider plan on Tuesday

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Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Dave Cortese announced a proposal Wednesday to create a public dashboard tracking the county's costs accrued during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The dashboard, as proposed, would include breakdowns of expenses across about a half-dozen categories, including by board committee, county department, date, time and vendor.

The dashboard would also feature data on expenses that will be reimbursed through state or federal funds and costs incurred from modifying the county's shelter-in-place order.

"The post-COVID future will be a sobering one that will include hard decisions," Ellenberg said. "In order for those decisions to be responsible and well-informed, we first need a clear view of what has been spent to date, where we still need to spend, and what we can cut that will cause the least amount of harm."

Cortese and Ellenberg said they hope the dashboard can improve public awareness and transparency of the county's budget approval process next month.

"We are facing significant budget cuts for the next fiscal year," Cortese said. "We need to know where we are in COVID-19 related costs and spending so that we can plan for our future needs in supporting individuals and businesses who will still be impacted by coronavirus."

The county already has COVID-19-related dashboards for data on cases and deaths, hospital capacity, testing and long-term care facility capacity.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the dashboard's creation at its May 26 meeting, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Links for the audio and video streams of the meeting can be found here.

Find comprehensive coverage of the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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