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Board approves proposed budget

Posted: April 21, 2009 10:09 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2009 7:00 a.m.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the county's proposed budget for 2009-2010.

The proposed $22.79 billion budget, $415 million less than the 2008-09 budget, calls for 1,684 fewer budgeted vacant positions than the current 102,458. The budget, proposed by the county's Chief Executive Officer William T. Fujioka, emphasizes preservation of critical county programs and reduction of costs without the layoff of employees.

However, vacant positions in more than 10 departments are proposed for elimination.

"Los Angeles County has been operating in a fiscally conservative manner by preparing for a rainy day.

Well, the rainy day is here and considering the circumstances, we're not doing too badly," said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. "However, that being said, we are losing positions in key areas that are disconcerting."

Bell said a motion by Antonovich directed Fujioka to identify funds to restore park cuts.

The budget document continues to be a "proposed" budget because it remains a work in progress, especially until state budget situation becomes clearer. Its' finalization won't take place until fall.


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