Sacramento County Expected to Approve Final Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, September 3, 2004
Overall, the budget improved by about 19-Million dollars. Sacramento County’s chief financial officer Geoff Davey credits fewer welfare caseloads and penny pinching by various county departments. The other reason that things turned out to be less onerous than we thought is that the governor actually back-tracked on many of the proposals that he had made earlier in the year to balance the state budget on the backs of counties. The improved budget outlook also means supervisors will mostly likely end a three-year hiring freeze. We anticipate that when the hiring freeze is lifted that there would be somewhere in the neighborhood of seven to eight-hundred permanent jobs filled eventually. As for the 19-Million dollars, supervisors are expected to spend about half of it on high priority programs like the Sheriff’s Department and put the rest in the bank to help deal with more state budget cuts anticipated next year. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.