Yolo County's New Budget Isn't Pretty
Yolo County Supervisors (county photo)
Yolo County Supervisors approved a new budget Thursday, one that balances a $24 million deficit with big cuts to health and social programs.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The term “safety-net” – in county budget-speak – means the patchwork of health care and social services that serve as a last resort for the poorest of residents. With this new budget, says Supervisor Helen Thomson:
Thomson: “Basic safety-net services are incredibly stretched. That safety net is very frayed.”
Thomson: “My toughest vote in many, many years was having to reduce the Yolo County indigent health care program, by almost $1 million. And that money was coming by eliminating services for undocumented people.”
Meanwhile, the sheriff’s department will basically get the same amount of money as last year.
More than a quarter of the county’s savings will come from employees, who agreed to weeks of furloughs. That means, as one top official put it, Yolo County will continue to do most of what it used to do – but it’ll be doing it a lot more slowly.