Santa Clara Supervisors Slash Funding For Non-Profits

SANTA CLARA (KCBS)— Santa Clara County supervisors faced with a $220 million budget deficit are cutting funding for some 50 non-profit community organizations by 25 percent.

These are painful times at the county’s government offices as officials are trying to keep the budget in balance.

Supervisors are also relying on $75 million in labor concessions. Some 70 county workers may be laid off as soon as July 1st. Board President Dave Cortese said it’s not over yet.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“We’re waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature to get their budget adopted. They’re going through a lot of grief as usual up there, but the worst part for us is that we really don’t know what kind of cuts they’re going to hand to us,” said Cortese.

County department heads will have salaries cut six percent. In addition new hires at the county level will be offered a ten percent lower entry wage.

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