The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a budget on Tuesday for the 2011-2012 fiscal year that includes $46.9 million in cuts, mainly to funding for public safety.
The cuts come on top of $250 million the county has cut from the budget over the past three years, County Administrator David Twa said.
The new cuts require the elimination 138 positions, including 42 positions from the probation department, 28 from the sheriff's office and 12 from the district attorney's office.
Other cuts include 33 positions eliminated from the conservation and development department, eight from the public defender's office, seven
from the employment and human services department, five from the human resources department, two from the general services department and one from the treasurer-tax collector's office.
Of those 138 positions, however, only 107 were funded this year and not all of them are currently filled.
More than a dozen people, including several department heads and union representatives, spoke at the meeting in opposition to the cuts.
District Attorney Mark Peterson said if he makes the cuts, he would be forced to reduce prosecution of misdemeanor, domestic violence and sex offender registration cases and scrap crime prevention programs.
Although supervisors passed the budget, issues of where the cuts will fall still need to be worked out.
Peterson and Sheriff David Livingston were the only two department heads who declined to provide Twa's office with lists of positions to be cut. That issue will be taken up at a meeting scheduled for June 7.