San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to discuss Proposed Budget

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(Best Syndication News) - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will be meeting on Friday to discuss the budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. Chair Josie Gonzales announced that the goal for tomorrow's agenda would be to close a multi-million dollar deficit.

The $4.06 billion proposed budget for 2012-2013 is anticipated to close a $33.2 million deficit.

Gonzales explained that last year the Board of Supervisors started a 5-year plan that would close the deficit. She points out that even though revenues have declined for the county, they have managed to meet their obligations while at the same time they are slowing their spending.

Gonzales said that certain funding priorities need to be discussed. This includes $3.8 million for a one-time funding for Land Use Services, $5 million in one-time funding for the Pavement Management Program, $5.8 million in AB 109 funding for county jails, and $20 million for ongoing funding to upgrade the 800MHz public safety radio system.

The Board of Supervisors will discuss the $3.8 million funding for Land Use Services in more detail because it involves $2.3 million to spend on updating the county General Plan and Development Code, $700,000 to spend on updating permitting software, and $360,000 in funding to stop illegal medical marijuana dispensaries from operating without a permit.

Chair Gonzales said that the county is ready to spend $2.3 million for the General Plan to help create jobs and improve the economy.

Gonzales believes that the 800MHz radio system is badly outdated and is necessary for police and fire to communicate in emergencies. Gonzales said that she does not want to see this go on the back burner for another year.

By: N Wilson

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