San Bernardino, CA, June 19, 2012, 3:00pm - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a balanced, $4.06 billion County budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The 2012-13 Budget is $28.8 million less than last year’s budget, closes a projected $33.2 million shortfall, and sets aside $16.3 million for contingencies and reserves. The budget also puts the County on track to eliminate a five-year gap of $91.5 million by including $40.3 million in savings. Those savings include $11.8 million in reductions to department budgets and reducing $7.3 million in allocations to capital projects and an emergency radio system upgrade. The savings also include $8.9 million in labor union concessions currently under negotiation. The County’s role in achieving the Countywide Vision serves as the basis of the Budget. The budget approved on June 15 does not attempt to predict the impact of the State budget, which has yet to be approved. The Board of Supervisors was warned that the State budget could have a substantial impact on the County budget, especially in the area of Human Services.
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