Counties Worry About Impact Of Governor's Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Under the Governor’s plan, more than a billion dollars in state payments to counties for social service programs will be delayed a few months. Paul McIntosh is Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties. He says that could affect staffing – and services: “You can’t just lay off people and bring them back, and lay off people and bring them back. You need some sort of continuity in the workforce, on the one hand. On the other hand, counties aren’t in a fiscal position to be floating 1.3 billion dollars worth of delayed payments that they’re entitled to.” The Governor’s plan also calls for a delay in gas tax money to counties. McIntosh says some counties rely heavily on that to pay for staff. A spokesman for the State Department of Finance acknowledges there will be a delay, but notes that counties will eventually receive that money.