County budget: public safety gets a priority; shortfall reduced, but still seen as significant

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The Madera County Board of Supervisors were presented an initial budget Tuesday that contained significant increases in public safety funding and the elimination of furloughs, though a gap between revenues collected and expenditures made would continue to draw on reserves.

County Chief Administrative Officer Eric Fleming led the presentation of the proposed 2013-2014 budget to the board.

That presentation continues today during a special meeting inside the Board of Supervisors chambers at 200 W. 4th St. The public was encouraged by officials to attend.

Fleming noted Tuesday that though the $209-million budget — about $10 million larger than the previous year — contained some $3 million more in spending than it is expected to collect through taxes and other revenue sources, that number represented a significant reduction from years past...

 

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