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Lowered Placer County budget moves a step closer to passage

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Pared down from the growth years, Placer County’s 2010-11 budget is moving closer to adoption. With property tax revenues continuing to drop, the county’s $757.7 million spending blueprint reflects a 3.3 percent decline from last year. Linda Oakman, county administrative services manager, warned supervisors today that while the budget is now on track to be formally adopted at the board’s Sept. 28 meeting, more adjustments are likely in store after state legislators finally agree on their budget. In the meantime, county departments will work within spending guidelines that Oakman said shouldn’t be loosening any time soon. The county has had to dip into reserves while cutting spending over the past three years but with reserves also now depleted, more declines in spending could be coming, she said. As part of the budget process, supervisors conducted a public hearing but no one from the public spoke. This year’s budget is down from $783.9 million and includes salaries and benefits for 2,432 employees, with 322 positions left unfilled. In other board business: n Supervisors presented a surprise proclamation to Mike Boyle, assistant county executive officer, who is retiring after 22 years with Placer. Boyle, who initially started as emergency services coordinator, was praised for his intensity, commitment, competence and candor. n The board went into closed session to discuss a lawsuit between the county and Foresthill Residents for Responsible Growth over the Foresthill Community Plan. County Counsel Anthony La Bouff announced when they returned that a settlement had been reached between the two sides. n Supervisors approved a commendation congratulating the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Women’s Improvement Club of Roseville on their 100th anniversary and approved a proclamation declaring September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Placer County.