Counties Sue State for Withholding Social Service Funds
(CPR file/Ben Adler)
Sacramento and San Diego Counties sued State Controller John Chiang Friday. They hope to force the release of $270 million for social service programs that the state has failed to send counties due to California’s financial crisis.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson says several counties – especially the smaller rural ones – are at risk of going bankrupt.
Dickinson: “Really what’s going on here is the state of California is asking counties to float them a big fat loan to carry the cash requirement of these programs. And we are in no position to take that responsibility off the state’s back and absorb it ourselves.”
26 other counties are expected to join the lawsuit.
In a statement, the controller says the Governor and Legislature have passed the state’s cash problem onto the counties – and he’s frustrated as well.