Supervisors Look for Budget Answers
Posted by Comments (4)on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Kicking off the first of three budget workshops this week, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors launched on Tuesday the first review of a proposed budget that will have to cut $219.6 million for the upcoming fiscal year.
Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith has recommended a budget that balances the county’s $4 billion budget through program and service cuts, use of one-time revenue and layoffs. The budget takes into account all services, operations, capital improvements and reserves.
The proposed budget calls for an estimated 110 layoffs, 122 county employees would be bumped to lower-paying positions, and 300 would be transferred to different departments, Smith said today. Layoffs and reductions would not be implemented until August at the earliest.
The county’s budget is contingent upon the overall economy. A strong economy means more tax revenue for programs and services. During a weak economy, the county is adversely affected in that revenue decreases as demand for county safety net services increases.
Similar to San Jose, the county is facing its 10th consecutive year of budget deficits.
The workshops will continue through Thursday. Budget hearing meetings to make final decisions on the budget will take place from June 13-17.
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