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Inyo leaders look at budget solutions

March 26, 2014

County department heads and staff members wait their turn Tuesday to present cost-saving and revenue-generating ideas to the Board of Supervisors. Photo by Charles James

Inyo County staffers and department heads met with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss progress on the county’s “Creative Budget Solutions” initiative – an effort to cut costs, generate revenue and partner with other area agencies to close a $1.06 million budget gap anticipated for the coming 2014-15 fiscal year.
Seven working groups, each focusing on a different area of county services, addressed the board, updating local leaders and the public on progress made under the direction of former Palo Alto city manager Dr. Frank Benest, a contractor hired to help redesign how the county does business.
According to County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio, budget projections made last summer indicate that the county’s General Fund expenses will increase by more than $1 million next fiscal year, and another $1.15 million in Fiscal Year 2015-16, “due solely to cost-of-living adjustments provided for in labor contracts, and changes in how the county shares health care costs with employees.”
Carunchio said General Fund revenue is not expected to increase at the rate expenses are increasing.

Read more in the Thursday, March 27 edition of The Inyo Register.

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