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Dems, Governor Look to Avoid Sudden Budget Cut to Counties

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 18, 2012

Counties have used this money for years under agreements with newly-dissolved redevelopment agencies.  And Paul McIntosh with the California State Association of Counties says it would be extremely difficult to lose those funds at the last minute.

McIntosh: "Many counties have already adopted their budgets, so they would have to go in and rip out general fund money - and that general fund money, unfortunately, is going to support public safety, libraries, the things that the counties do with their general fund."

Counties have an ally in Governor Jerry Brown, who strongly opposes the property tax change.  And several Democratic lawmakers who voted for the budget last week did so only after a promise that the counties would keep the money.  So budget talks are focused on finding the $250 million somewhere else.
Yolo County Especially Nervous
In the Sacramento area, Yolo County would be particularly hard-hit if that money goes away, since it accounts for about 10 percent of the county's budget. "There were a number of us who only voted for the budget because of the assurances that we were given that there would be a different source of $250 million that would be found in the budget," says State Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat who represents Yolo County.
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