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Supes Vote Tomorrow on Final Tuolumne County Budget

Tuolumne County Supervisors could approve a final 2003-2004 budget Tuesday, 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.

In a memo to supervisors, Wallace said that because of state actions, there will be no local roadway reconstruction, asphalt-overlay or chip seal projects during the next year. There are about 600 miles of county roads in Tuolumne County.

Wallace has pointed to the skyrocketing cost of workers’ compensation as a big problem.

Supervisors may also look at finding new revenue sources. A fee study is in the works and some fees could be raised. Supervisor Paolo Maffei has suggested that growth impact fees be extended to include commercial development. Right now, those fees only apply to homes.

Administrator Wallace blames the state for the local budget crunch. 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.”