Sonora, CA — The key item for the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors today will be the consideration of approving the proposed fiscal year 2008-2009 budget.
CAO Craig Pedro notes that for the second consecutive year the county´s budget is significantly reduced from the previous year. The General Fund will see a 2.7 percent or $1,739,566 reduction.
Pedro notes that the slowing economy combined with known reductions in State allocations has resulted in revenue sources that are generally flat or declining. Combined with the second full year of transitions in the county´s healthcare system, the result is a smaller county budget. Those transitions include Tuolumne General Medical Facility, VNA/Hospice/Adult Day Health Care and Behavioral Health, the successor service model for the Acute Psychiatric Unit.
Pedro goes on to note that the budget is tightly balanced. Any increases in the expenditure plan must be matched with like expenditure reductions or new revenues.
In order to retain as many staff and services as possible, contingencies have been set at $538,084, approximately half of what the Board of Supervisors has requested.
Pedro and his staff will seek direction from the Board on the successor service model for the Acute Psychiatric Unit, the future of the Groveland Physical Therapy Unit and possible privatization fo the Adult Day Health Care Center.
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Written by Bill Johnson