Budget Reaction: California's Counties
The new spending plan is good news for California’s 58 counties – not necessarily because of what’s in the budget, but simply that there is a budget at all.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Paul McIntosh with the California State Association of Counties says the lack of budget would’ve forced counties to drastically cut back vital services.
McIntosh: “We know there’s much dislike in this budget, including significant cuts in services. The budget resolution allows our economy to begin to recover and eases the cash crisis that’s crippled counties.”
But Sacramento County chief operations officer Nav Gill says his county still needs the state to forward around $45 million for social services that should have arrived earlier this month.
Gill: “Our cash flow indicates that if we do not receive payments by end of April, we start running out of cash at that point”
Gill expects the new budget will force Sacramento County to make further cuts in health and human services and public safety.