Even When You Think the County Budget's Over, It's Not

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 5, 2009
When supervisors approved their “yes-it’s-final-but-not-exactly” budget late Friday, they also approved a $4.5 million reduction in labor costs. Without a deal soon, the county says it will force what are basically mandatory furloughs for 7,400 employees. Daniel Uselmann is with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 146, which represents around 500 employees – mostly in health and human services.
Uselmann: “We want to work with the county, but they’ve got to talk with us instead of just dictating to us what’s going to happen.”
But county officials say they’re frustrated that unions have not agreed to concessions.
Meanwhile, in case you missed the supervisors’ last-minute budget decisions: they restored some funds to the sheriff’s department and Child Protective Services. But they made several other cuts to health and human services instead.