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San Joaquin County faces more than $36 million budget deficit

Budget shortfall does not include cuts at state level

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Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:46 am, Wed Feb 9, 2011.

Not counting any cuts from the state, San Joaquin County faces a deficit ranging from $36 million to $38 million for the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to the County Administrator's Office.

The projected deficit is too large for the county to cut, so county staff recommends trimming half the deficit from so-called "one-time solutions," Assistant County Administrator Rosa Lee said.

Lee and County Administrator Manuel Lopez recommend that the Board of Supervisors consider four other steps to trim the budget:

  • Set freezes on filling vacant positions and purchasing fixed assets.
  • Reallocate the $6 million hospital tax that has been set aside for operations at San Joaquin General Hospital.
  • Identify midand long-term capital projects for possible de-funding.

The Board of Supervisors didn't act on the recommendations Tuesday afternoon. Lee said that department heads will have four to six weeks to submit budgets based on the need to cut almost $40 million.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:30 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    These are just the beginning of yet more drastic budgets to come in the next 5 years or so.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 10:42 am on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1795

    I am wondering how much of this deficit is due to the HUGE pensions and benefits retired County employees receive? A retirement for public employees service is fine, but 80-90% of their highest wage? Outlandish and obviously unsustainable.



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