Or, stated more precisely, it has saved the whole next year.
Assistant County Administrative Officer for Budget and Finance
And, just like that, millions of dollars in cuts expected to create layoffs and service reductions across the county have disappeared.
Contentious debates about funding for the
"For the most part we've got a balanced budget at this point," Lawson said.
Now those layoffs and closures won't happen.
"We're going to be whole. We're not laying anybody off. The level of service is going to stay the same," he said.
Youngblood said he doesn't like standing up before the
But the fight for staffing was critical, he said, because 19 of the 23 layoffs would have be sheriff's deputies.
"My biggest fear was we were going to have to take officers off patrol," Youngblood said.
"The big stuff we were most worried about is taken care of," she said.
Lawson said the ongoing money from tax increases will fund ongoing staffing costs.
The one-time cash from the county budget "carry-over balance" will go, she said, to fund one-time costs like critical technology upgrades across the county, replacing old sheriff's patrol vehicles and updating the Kern County Elections voting systems.
This cash windfall is not a shocking occurrence.
Traditionally the county sees some level of savings at the end of the year as county departments hold positions open and strive to tighten belts.
That money, over the past few years, has been used to offset the impacts from the recession and slow recovery of the economy.
But Youngblood said the annual windfall is not guaranteed.
"We do not count on that money being there because one year it's not going to be," he said.
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