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Budget paints bleaker picture for supervisors

By: Gus Thomson, Journal staff writer
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Placer County supervisors will consider a bleaker budget picture today, now that the state Legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have patched together a plan to address California’s $26.3 billion deficit. The new view forecasts a further $26 million shortfall for the county. Placer supervisors approved an interim spending plan in late May that balanced out an estimated $23 million more in expenditures mostly tied to wage increases against flattening revenues. That meant an 11.1 percent drop in the county budget – to $769 million – and actions that include a once-a-month furlough program for workers. The other shoe dropped last month with the budget agreement at the Capitol that includes the use of revenues that had been initially earmarked for local jurisdictions. In a report to be presented today by CEO Tom Miller’s office, the anticipated additional $26 million shortfall includes $17.5 million in state reductions. Also projected is a further reduction in Public Safety Sales Tax revenue of $3.4 million. Miller said that given prudent actions by the board over the past several years, the county is positioned to address the challenges it is facing. “However these challenges will result in the delivery of less services than in previous years, given the severity of the reductions facing the county,” Miller said. Board budget workshops will take place Aug. 18-19 to consider options to close the $26 million funding gap. --------------------- Placer County Board of Supervisors When: 9 a.m. today Where: County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn