County to schedule hearings for new budget

June 24, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors is getting ready to schedule county budget hearings for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 fiscal years.

County Executive Officer Ann Capela is recommending a 2002-2003 general fund of $151.9 million with a $14.5 million deficit. The general fund is the county's day-to-day money resource. For 2003-04, Capela is recommending $153.5 million in the general fund with a $12.6 million deficit.

The board will schedule the hearings at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Last year, three of the five supervisors voiced opposition to a county budget operating on a multimillion-dollar deficit.

During last year's budget discussion, Assistant County Executive Officer Robertta Burns said the county's budget is operated according to state statute.

The board is also scheduled to:

· approve a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on its Imperial Sand Dune draft management plan and environmental study;


· continue actions to transition Child Support Services from under the District Attorney's office to a separate county department;

· consider a response to the Imperial Irrigation District Water Conservation and Transfer Project environmental report and its draft habitat conservation plan environmental report;

· discuss and possibly take action on the county's vehicle clean-up program;

· consider a $268,403 budget increase for the county Office of Employment Training. The increase would come from federal grants;

· oppose state Senate Bill 1993 on water transfers, support SB 1975 that would move the date of the primary election from March to June in even-numbered years, and support Assembly Bill 2346 that proposes to expand the authority of correctional peace officers.

The supervisors meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at:

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