SJ board of supervisors approves budget

June 17, 2011 1:56:59 PM PDT
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this morning passed a $4 billion budget for the new fiscal year at the culmination of weeklong budget hearings.

The board voted unanimously to approve a budget recommended by county Executive Jeff Smith that addresses a $219.6 million deficit in the county's general fund through program and service cuts, use of one-time revenue and layoffs.

The $4 billion recommended budget takes into account all services, operations, capital improvements and reserves.

Earlier this week, hundreds of social workers showed up at a hearing to plead that their jobs and services be given fair consideration.

On Wednesday, the board held a hearing related to the budget for a number of public safety departments, including the offices of the district attorney, public defender, and sheriff.

The county is depending on receiving $75 million in general fund savings from labor agreements.