LA County says no layoffs, but budget includes cuts

Los Angeles County’s first budget draft for the next fiscal year weighs in at nearly $23 billion. That’s more than $400 million less than what the county is spending this year – and it might get smaller still. KPCC’s Nick Roman has the basics.

Los Angeles County’s first budget draft for the next fiscal year weighs in at nearly $23 billion. That’s more than $400 million less than what the county is spending this year – and it might get smaller still. KPCC’s Nick Roman has the basics.

Nick Roman: L.A. County will cut nearly 1,700 jobs from the payroll during the next fiscal year. But cutting those jobs won’t require layoffs – and the county will still employ more than 100,000 people when those cuts are done.

That’s not to say L.A. County isn’t facing a budget squeeze. County chief executive officer William Fujioka says the budget has a $300 million hole – most of which comes from the chronically deficit-ridden Department of Health Services.

He plans to fill in the budget hole with federal stimulus dollars, some grant money and – of course – budget cuts. But Fujioka says he might be wrong about his estimate that L.A. County property tax assessments will drop only by 1 percent.

If it’s closer to 3-percent – and it might be – he’ll have to cut the budget some more. Hearings on Fujioka’s proposed $22.8 billion budget begin in three weeks. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will adopt the final budget a month after that.

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