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San Joaquin County supervisors to begin three days of budget hearings

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Tue Jun 28, 2011.

It will be three grueling days this week as the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors decides what services to cut and what to save for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

After a morning session on other county issues Tuesday morning, the Board of Supervisors will conduct hearings — department by department — beginning Tuesday and continuing all day Wednesday and at least Thursday morning.

One of the major issues facing the board will be whether to continue the Sheriff's Community Car, a very popular program that residents in Woodbridge, Thornton, Lockeford and Linden say make them feel safer. The Community Car has also been added to east Stockton and the Country Club area of Stockton.

County Sheriff Steve Moore said earlier this month that there is nowhere else in the Sheriff's budget to trim. But he has urged residents in rural communities to mail or email each of the five members of the Board of Supervisors, telling them how important the Community Car program is to them.

The Community Car began shortly after Moore and District 4 Supervisor Ken Vogel were elected in 2006. It is a program where deputies are assigned to a particular community so they get to know residents, merchants, gang members and others in the community.

Other major budget issues include services for senior services, First 5, health care, mental health, and parks and recreation.

Here is the budget hearing schedule:

Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.: Child Abuse Prevention Council, Community Partnership for Families, Economic Development Association, Family and Youth Services, San Joaquin County Historical Society, San Joaquin Partnership, Women's Center, Tobacco Settlement Fund, Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, Human Resources, Board of Supervisors, county administrator, county counsel, Registrar of Voters, Community Development, Capital Improvement and Maintenance, facilities management, Parks and Recreation, Agricultural Commissioner, Office of Emergency Services.

Wednesday, 9 a.m.: Sheriff, District Attorney, Probation, Grand Jury, Animal Control, Stockton-San Joaquin Library (not counting Lodi), Public Works road fund, Delta activities, solid waste, Stockton Metropolitan Airport, flood management.

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Health care administration, mental health, correctional health, San Joaquin General Hospital, Environmental Health, public guardian/conservator, substance abuse services, Aging and Community Services, economic development, First 5 Commission, Mary Graham Children's Shelter, Head Start, Veterans' Services.

Thursday, 9 a.m.: Final budget hearings, fee revisions including from permit fees, booking into county jail and Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

Then the Board of Supervisors will formally adopt the final budget.

All hearings will be in the Board of Supervisors' chambers, 44 N. San Joaquin St. at Weber Avenue, sixth floor, Stockton. For more information on the hearings, call 468-3113 or visit www.sjgov.org.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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