REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today tentatively approved a balanced budget of $1.8 billion for the 2012-13 fiscal year that eliminates 216 positions (net) while maintaining critical public safety, health and human services. In all there are 276 deleted positions and 60 added positions. Of the 276 deleted positions, 234 are filled.
The budget emphasizes maintaining core services for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Over the next 12 months the County’s 20 departments will develop plans to find long-term savings with such efforts as improving efficiency, restructuring or consolidating, negotiating labor cost savings and other means.
Since 2008 the County has eliminated 699 positions, or 12 percent of the workforce. The number of positions approved in the budget is 5,106, down from 5,805 in 2008.
“We are trying hard to avoid deep cuts to our core services – ensuring public safety, providing access to health care for our most vulnerable residents and helping residents who are still struggling from the recession with basic needs,” said Adrienne J. Tissier, President of the Board. “At the same time we are investing in some long-overdue projects.”