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San Andreas, CA – Calaveras CAO Jeanne Boyce says there is much to be concerned about with Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget.

“There’s a shift in corrections whereby offenders may stay longer in county jails, there’s a proposal that could negatively affect transportation dollars, a proposal to not fund the Williamson Act, and Health and Human Services would take a tremendous hit if the Federal revenues that the Governor is relying on don’t come forward by July,” says Boyce.

California cities have similar concerns about the Governor’s budget.

“Our state government is still not getting the message,” says Sonora City Administrator Greg Applegate. “There shouldn’t be any turning on local government to bail themselves out of their budget fiasco. It is not a way to operate and not a way to do business.”

Applegate and Boyce say they hope lawmakers pass a budget as soon as possible, so that local municipalities can have a better gauge of how much revenue they will have to work with over the next fiscal year.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.