Friday, June 10, 2011

Sacramento Bee: Sacramento County Approves Large Budget Cuts

Sacramento County supervisors OK $30M in cuts, including 300 layoffs

Published: Thursday, Jun. 9, 2011 - 2:20 pm
Sacramento County supervisors this afternoon approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that will cut law-enforcement spending by more than $30 million.
That figure is less than anticipated because supervisors were able to identify $8.5 million to redirect to the sheriff, district attorney and probation departments. Most of the additional funding came from reducing a debt payment by $3.5 million and reallocating $3.4 million in planned capital expenditures.

Overall, the county's $3.5 billion budget contains almost $90 million in spending reductions, as the county faces diminished revenues and increased costs for the fourth straight year. The county expects to layoff at least 300 employees, plus whatever the district attorney and the sheriff cut to handle their shortfalls. Sheriff Scott Jones and District Attorney Jan Scully said this week that they weren't sure how many they would lay off.

The sheriff received $5.2 million in restorations today, but still faces a deficit of more than $20 million. Jones has said he will have to lay off patrol deputies.

The district attorney received $2.2 million in restorations, but still faces a deficit of more than $6 million. Scully has said she will close units and prosecute fewer cases.

Probation will lay off about 40 probation officers by the end of the month and release 40 juveniles in detention, County Probation Officer Don Meyer said.

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