Santa Clara County Slashes Services, Jobs To Help Close Budget

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has started work on closing a $220 million budget deficit through a combination of layoffs and service and program cuts.

County Executive Jeff Smith said that not only will there be changes in how people get their services, but there will also be many people losing their jobs.

”The major areas of loss of revenue have to do with the general fund, so we will see reductions in the Department of Corrections,” said Smith. “We will also see reductions in probation and in social services and health.”

He said that 500 positions will be eliminated, with just over 100 people actually losing their jobs.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Supervisor Liz Kniss said that services aimed at helping the needy will be among the programs most affected.

”We will see the low-income and the infirmed, those who have less of a voice, they will be the hardest hit,” said Kniss.

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  1. whathappened says:

    When i read these stories they never add up Maybe the people that write them went to school in CA. Lets see a 220 million deficit so the county lays off 100 people are these the ones that get 2 and 3 hundred thousand dollar paychecks and pensions. No, So I will figure they get 100 thousand a year. And the answer is The budget is balanced because we saved 10 million. on wages. I wish they could balance my check book i would have a lot more to spend

    1. Mr. Melrose says:

      It is apparent that someone did not go to school.

  2. Chris S. says:

    IF THE COUNTY GOV’T WOULD GROW A BACKBONE AND LEARN TO SAY “NO” TO ALL THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GETTING EXTENDED FREE HEALTHCARE AT COUNTY’S EXPENSE, A LOT OF THE DEFICIT WOULD BE ELIMINATED OVER TIME. THE ONLY SERVICES THEY DESERVE IS A ONE WAY TICKET BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

  3. Debra Slayton says:

    The State of California assistance programs need to be rewritten. Our State should reqired that a person appling for a governement assistance program should obtain, a social security number (numbers needs for be investigated for possible fraudulant usage), Legal USA citizen and paid into the State Tax system for a certain period of time plus the amount someone has paid give them a level of assistance granted. It needs to be done the same way as the Federal Government has structured the Social Sercurity and Medi-Care.

  4. UPSET IN SJ says:

    I SAY TO LOOK AT THE BIG WIGS AND HOW MUCH THEY MAKE, CUT THEIR PAY! HOW DARE YOU CUTT THE JOBS AND PAY OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE WHO KEEP THIS COUNTY GOING!!!! I AGREE WITH THE ABOVE PERSON, OUR ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS NEED A MAJOR OVERHAUL. ID BET THAT 9 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE ON ASSISTANCE CAN GO OUT AND WORK JUST LIKE THE REST OF US!

  5. Clopez says:

    We serve the community and we are the saftey net as county employees. Regarding budget cuts we need to look at eliminating unnecessary spending and cut back in every way possible to avoid lay-offs and salary cuts.

    If salaries are to be adjusted we need to start from the top. The front line employees are the worker bees who make this organization continue to offer customer service to our community.

    We also need to verify and validate accurate information when a patient applies for assistance to avoid fraudulant activity when offering services.

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