Many of the supervisors say this was the hardest budget proposal they’ve ever approved. The almost $70 million in cuts came from health and social services, the district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s department and probation programs. The board did not shut down three primary care health clinics on the chopping block. Instead the clinics will stay open part-time.
Chairman Jimmie Yee says they made the best of a bad situation.
Yee: “I’m very pleased that we’re able to come to an agreement because with these sizable cuts everyone gets hurt but to a limited extent.”
The supervisors used $3 million in contingency funds to keep some money for the health clinics and mental health services, domestic violence and rape victims, foster care and criminal offender programs. The board will finalize the budget in September.