The county Board of Supervisors was informed Tuesday there is no money in the county budget to help with the placement and maintenance of water stations in the desert to provide refreshment for illegal immigrants crossing the area.
About $87,000 yearly was requested from the county by San Diego-area businessman John Hunter, who in a past appearance before the board said the proposed 400 stations could save lives and save the county as much as $150,000 in medical and related costs.
County Executive Officer Ann Capela told the board Tuesday that the issue of funding the stations was referred to the county Public Health Department, whose director replied via letter that there is no money to be had.
"It is not within the health department's budget to contribute funds to this project," wrote Yvonne Smith, county public health director. "However, this project may qualify for funding through the border health initiative or other grant sources."