Counties, Like the State, Face Their Own Fiscal Problems
The state’s budget crisis has gotten a lot of headlines recently. Now, California’s counties say they’re in financial trouble, too.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Just saying revenues are down and expenses are up doesn’t always hit home. But these words might ...
McIntosh: “You could see a reduction in library hours; you could see longer lines for social services; you could see reduced patrols on the sheriffs department.”
Paul McIntosh is the executive director at the California State Association of Counties. He says the state’s 58 counties will face a combined shortfall that reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s due to a decline in property and sales tax growth and an increase in health care and retirement costs.
McIntosh says counties will be forced to make up that gap … and state mandates leave them without much flexibility. He says the cuts will have to come from discretionary spending – like libraries and public safety.