L.A. County budget has money for hiring more sheriff's employees
The proposed Los Angeles County budget includes enough money to hire more than 150 Sheriff's Department employees and spend nearly $500 million for construction and repairs to fire stations, swimming pools and parks.
Los Angeles County supervisors are scheduled to begin considering the proposed $23.8-billion budget next week. Officials have said that no layoffs, furloughs or significant cuts are expected, even though the county is facing a nearly $76-million deficit. The shortfall will be resolved through a combination of savings and a drop in the demand for some county services.
The budget includes funding for 157 Sheriff's Department jobs, including eight positions to address the mental health needs of employees returning from military service in the Middle East.
The proposed budget, however, was drafted before County Assessor John Noguez surprised supervisors last week with news that the value of property in Los Angeles County would be about $13 billion less than he had predicted because of a slump in property values. As a result, county officials expect to get about $50 million less in revenue than they had anticipated.
County supervisors have ordered an audit of the assessor's estimate but should be able to absorb the potential loss without making cuts, according to officials.
-- Jason Song at the County Hall of Administration
Photo: L.A. County Assessor John Noguez, right, speaks before the county supervisors at their meeting last week. Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times