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Supervisors wrestle with budget balance

By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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Typical lies from the board.

Typical lies from the board.

Not a bit surprised! You will

Not a bit surprised! You will see more of these ghost accounts coming to the surface from the Human Service Department in the near future. These accounts were conceled while the Human Service Department monster building was under construction. Jim had said that the building was going to be built at no cost to the county. Really? During the time when the State of California is broke? He is just a big fat lier. Soft money from federal grants was manipulated and hidden to later be used to pay the new building bills (utilities, mortgage) instead of using the money to help people in this community as per contracts. This explain the reason why some human service employees sit around doing nothing all day instead of reaching "contract goals". Jim gives conflicting information to managers so they could mislead employees about how to use contract money, the money is push to be spent as a philosphy, but lack of procedure makes it almost impossible to utilize the money:"no clients = no money spend". By not spending the money, the funds could get lost in the transalations of paper work to then be used for other purposes. Is the county CEO in with Jim about these ghost accounts? Now that the Fed itself is running out of ideas to fund soft money projects we have all of these ghost accounts comming up to the surface. I hope the Board makes Human Service Department director and county CEO fully accountable for the misleading reports.They should both get fired.

Ghost Accounts? Is that like

Ghost Accounts? Is that like vodoo economics? I cannot believe that money is just mismanaged and we are "Stuck with it". Accountability must be a dirty word when it comes to these issues. The people's tax money is being squandered or spent on line items it was not intended for. Shouldn't the department that caused the shortfall have to pay the money back to the county fund. Why is the tobacco money being spent to "balance" the budget? Why is the CALPERS money being spent so the unfunded liability issue can be held over the employees heads at a later date? Disaster money was diverted?????? What if we have another disaster the state or Feds will not pay for? If these issues are five years old why did it take so long to discover. The department heads do annual reports don't they?????? Will this work in my personal finances? I can't pay the power bill or mortgage so I'm gonna use my property tax money to cover it and then in a couple of years I'll be "stuck with it". Or will the county be "stuck with it" because they will have less money then they projected??

Does it seem to you that

Does it seem to you that board is always confused about the budget?

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