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July 3, 2012 > Alameda County adopts budget with an uncertain future

Alameda County adopts budget with an uncertain future

Submitted By Laura Lloyd-Jenkins

Even though State budget details continue to materialize, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted a balanced, on-time FY 2012-13 Final Budget that approved a $2.6 billion spending plan and closed an $88.1M funding gap. Although this is the first funding gap of less than $100M in the past four years, tough cuts were made - including eliminating 37 vacant County positions and cuts to critical health and human services programs as a result of State-imposed reductions in funding those programs.

If the Governor's package of tax-increases on the November ballot, is not passed, it could mean further reductions to programs important to local residents and leave a question mark related to guaranteed, ongoing funding for the State's "realignment" plan which transfers responsibility for many public safety and health and human services programs from the State to local governments.

"Realignment is taking us into uncharted territory,'' said Supervisor Carson, "I believe it will be some time before we truly understand the full impact of these plans on Alameda County and the people we serve.''

"We hope that details emerging at the State level and the passage of the final budget bill don't further negatively impact the county", said County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi. "We're already squeezed financially as a result of a protracted economic slump, with demand for safety net services remaining unusually high and the resources to pay for these services diminished."

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