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Highlights of the LA County Proposed Budget Cuts
|Blue Topaz |
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04/19/2010 01:07 PM
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Listed below are some of the material curtailments that are recommended in the FY 2010-11 Proposed Budget. There is a 12.4% unemployment in L.A. and they are proposing a 17.7 billion dollar budget which is a decrease of 836 million (4.5% less than 2009)
 The Sheriff’s Department reflects $128.0 million in curtailments over a 16-month
period, which began in March 2010, to help address the County’s budget gap.
Our Office commends the Sheriff and his leadership team for acting quickly to
help address the County’s budget gap. The curtailment reflects the elimination of
214.0 budgeted positions from downsizing the Pitchess Detention Center, the
deletion of 300.0 vacant deputy sheriff positions throughout the department, and
a reduction in the department’s overtime budget.
 The District Attorney’s budget reflects a $3.6 million reduction and the elimination
of 25.0 budgeted positions to address the County’s budget gap.
 The Assessor’s budget reflects a $7.9 million reduction and the elimination of
22.0 budgeted positions that will impact roll services, appraisals and information
technology projects. We are working with the Assessor to identify an appropriate
funding source to minimize the impact on the appraisal process, with an
emphasis on eliminating the backlog.
 The Department of Public Health’s budget reflects a $7.9 million reduction and
the elimination of 81.0 budgeted positions to address both the County’s budget
gap along with the department’s own budget gap. In addition, we are also
recommending that $3.0 million be transferred from the Designation for Health
Future Financing Requirements to the Provisional Financing Uses budget unit to
help mitigate these curtailments to the extent possible on a one-time basis.
 The Department of Public Social Services’ administrative budget reflects a
funding reduction of $7.4 million and the elimination of 383.0 budgeted positions
that will impact a variety of programs administered by the department.
 The Public Library budget reflects a $4.8 million reduction and the elimination of
9.0 budgeted positions to address both the County’s budget gap as well as the
Library’s own budget gap. This reduction in funding will reduce library service
hours at selected libraries and eliminate the adult literacy program.
 The Public Defender’s budget reflects a $4.0 million reduction and the elimination
of 18.0 budgeted positions, as well as $0.5 million in ongoing revenue increases.
This results in an overall funding reduction of $4.5 million.
 The Department of Children and Family Services’ administrative budget reflects a
$4.4 million reduction in various programmatic areas.
 Although the Fire Department’s Lifeguard budget reflects a reduction of
$2.4 million in salaries and employee benefits, services and supplies and capital
assets, we will be recommending the restoration of $0.8 million in funding in our
June, Final Changes letter. The $0.8 million would restore lifeguard services at
the Nicholas, Corral, Las Tunas, Topanga South, Abalone Cove, and Point
Fermin pocket beaches along with the Baywatch Cabrillo after-hours operations.
 The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s budget reflects the elimination of
32.0 budgeted positions and $1.7 million reduction in funding. In addition, a
significant portion of one-time bridge funding provided in FY 2009-10 is no longer
needed as recorder revenue receipts have increased.
 The Alternate Public Defender’s budget reflects a reduction of $1.0 million along
with the elimination of 9.0 budgeted positions.
 The Department of Animal Care and Control’s budget reflects a reduction of
$0.9 million and the elimination of 14.0 budgeted positions offset with $0.8 million
in ongoing revenue solutions.
[link to file.lacounty.gov]
In addition there will be increases for infrastructure, government facilities in Downey, community pools and beach refurbishments under County, Mental health for Olive View Hosp, Martin Luther King Hosp and UCLA Harbor, construction of libraries ( remember they eliminated 9 staff and adult literacy programs to build), refurbishment of County Mens Jails and Detention centers, Juvie Halls and expanding all that. Bringing some money into spay/neuter clinics.
Note: Fire Dept salaries and benefits have been cut 2.4 million incl. supplies.
Last Edited by Blue Topaz on 04/19/2010 01:14 PM
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