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Supervisors order review of cost-cutting measures for county budget

Posted: March 24, 2010 12:35 p.m.
Updated: March 24, 2010 12:35 p.m.
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- To address an anticipated $500 million budgetary shortfall in the county's projected 2010-2011 budget, a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, directs the county's Chief Executive Officer to review all viable options of ongoing and one-time savings, and report back to the Board during Budget hearings.

"California's $20 billion and deficit and its expansion of entitlement programs during the last 8 years have severely impacted the state's cities, counties and school districts," Antonovich said.

- San Francisco just sent layoff notices to 15,000 county workers.

- Solano County has already laid off 144 employees.

- Sonoma County has laid off 87 employees.

- Sutter County halted scheduled pay increases to its employees.

- Santa Barbara County is delaying a major computer system upgrade.

- Nevada County is considering outsourcing to keep library services.

"Along with layoffs, other local governments are also exploring furloughs, suspending annual step increases, eliminating sick-leave buy-back, and many other options," Antonovich added.

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