FEE CUT COULD DEVASTATE VENTURA COUNTY SERVICES.Byline: Andrea Cavanaugh Staff Writer
VENTURA - Ventura County government would be forced to cut as many as 1,700 jobs and slash public-safety spending if the state does not compensate for revenue lost from slashed slash
v. slashed, slash·ing, slash·es
1. To cut or form by cutting with forceful sweeping strokes: slash a path through the underbrush.
2. car license fees, the county's executive officer said Tuesday.
If county government loses the $36 million share of license fee revenues that budget drafters expected, local officials would have to consider eliminating jobs from the county's work force of 8,000, County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston told the Board of Supervisors.
Officials also would have to consider cutting nearly $23 million from the county general fund's $128 million contribution to public safety budgets, Johnston said.
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Supervisor Judy Mikels plans to travel to Sacramento today to take part in a rally by local government leaders protesting the loss of revenue, she said.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise that cities and counties would not lose funds from the car tax reduction fell flat this week when his office notified local governments that it will be $254 million short of the $381 million December payment of car tax revenues due this week.
Next month, local governments will receive nothing from car tax revenues, as state officials will use what is left in the fund to pay $600 million in refunds to motorists who overpaid o·ver·pay
v. o·ver·paid , o·ver·pay·ing, o·ver·pays
1. To pay (a party) too much.
2. To pay an amount in excess of (a sum due).
To pay too much. the fees this fall.
Johnston presented a breakdown of how the cuts could be applied to the county budget. Although he emphasized that he wasn't making a proposal, Johnston cautioned that hard choices would need to be made.
A $5 million cut to the $30 million in county revenues for the Health and Human Services Department The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the cabinet-level department of the Executive Branch of the federal government most involved with the health, safety, and welfare of the U.S. population. would result in slashing slash·ing
1. Bitingly critical or satiric: slashing wit.
2. Dashing; pelting: a slashing hailstorm.
3. all but 300 of the agency's 1,022 jobs, Johnston said.
Cutting the county general fund contribution to public safety by nearly 18 percent would eliminate jobs of 295 of the 2,260 people who work for the sheriff, public defender public defender, governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was , probation probation, method by which the punishment of a convicted offender is conditionally suspended. The offender must remain in the community and under the supervision of a probation officer, who is usually a court-appointed official. department, and district attorney, Johnston said.
Under an alternate breakdown that would exclude public safety cuts, contributions to county general government, the planning agency, the agricultural commission, animal regulation, and health-human services would be slashed in half, said Paul Derse, county deputy executive officer.
Supervisor John Flynn said he would like to see the revenue system restructured so that cities, which he said have greater opportunities to raise funds, make financial contributions toward countywide coun·ty·wide
adv. & adj.
Throughout a whole county: found at locations countywide; a countywide search.
Adj. 1. services.
``Something's going to have to give,'' Flynn said. ``We're headed toward a crash unless we start to make some changes.''
Andrea Cavanaugh, (805) 583-7604