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Supes Vote Tomorrow on Final Tuolumne County Budget

Tuolumne County Supervisors tomorrow, could approve a final 2003-2004 budget, which includes some layoffs and cuts in services. County Administrator, C. Brent Wallace is recommending one layoff, one potential layoff, and the elimination of all county government jobs that are currently unfilled. Wallace says because of state actions, there will be no local roadway reconstruction, ashpalt-overlay or chip seal projects during the next year. Wallace has pointed to the skyrocketing cost of Workers’ Compensation as a big problem. Supervisors may also look at finding new revenue sources. For example, Supervisor Paolo Maffei has suggested that growth impact fees be extended to include commercial development. Administrator Wallace blames most of the problems on the state. When the board approved a preliminary budget, wallace said our local economic picture is good. The lack of control of our budget is where the deficiency is.