The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to approve a $2.4 billion budget for fiscal 2010 that will close a $177.6 million funding gap by eliminating 235 jobs and reduce some key services.
County Administrator Susan Muranishi said the funding gap is the largest that the county has ever had.
In a statement, Muranishi said, "It is a responsible budget that will allow this county to live within its means and remain solvent, while maintaining many important services that our residents depend on."
But, referring to the possibility of further cutbacks in state funding due to the state's fiscal problems, Muranishi said, "We must be mindful, however, that further cuts are on the horizon."
Muranishi said in a briefing with reporters two weeks ago that about half of the 235 positions that are being eliminated are currently filled.
According to a spokesman for the county, the board of supervisors left the door open to averting some of the planned layoffs by asking employee bargaining units to consider concessions in ongoing labor negotiations.
The $2.4 billion is an increase of $34.7 million, or 1.45 percent, over the final budget for the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30.