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Supervisors to discuss budget

Plan will include funding to adapt to transfers from state prison system

Posted: June 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to begin deliberations today on its $24.53 billion proposed budget, which includes funding for 640 new positions because of state prisoner transfers to counties.

The proposed budget is $74.8 million more than the budget recommended by county officials earlier this year, according to a letter from the county's chief executive office.

A state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April 2011 transfers control of lower-level offenders - including non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual offenders - from state prisons to county jails. The transfers began in October 2011.

Under its proposed new budget, the county would hire 640 positions deemed necessary to deal with the additional prisoners who are now the county's responsibility.

The positions would be paid for from a percentage of state sales tax and vehicle license fee revenues that are now going to the county instead of the state, according to the county Chief Executive Office. The county expects a $272.4 million allocation to pay for the additional salaries.

If the currently proposed budget passes, the total number of budgeted positions would increase by 301 to 101,726 and the total budget would increase by $18.3 million. The county budget first proposed in April would have been trimmed by $565 million.

Part of the reason for the budget increase stems from estimates of a higher fund balance at year-end than originally anticipated, according to a letter from the Chief Executive Office.

The projected budget gap would also be closed by one-time budget solutions, according to the Chief Executive Office.

Aside from the positions required for additional prisoners, hiring for most county positions - besides critical health and safety personnel - would be frozen under the proposed budget, along with non-essential purchases, according to the Chief Executive Office.

More information on the county's previously proposed budget can be found at the-signal.com.

kjonas@the-signal.com

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