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Budget crunch claims victims in Contra Costa County

Original post made on Dec 14, 2008

In an effort to slow or stop the financial hemorrhaging in Contra Costa County, members of the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to amend their budget to reduce spending by $18.5 million. Caught in the crossfire of what is necessary and what can be provided are children and the elderly, as more 200 positions throughout the county will be lost.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 11, 2008, 5:21 PM

Comments (2)

Posted by B Lynn Goodwin, a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2008 at 8:57 pm

I understand there is no money for social services, but it's hard to imagine the long-term consequences of these cuts. I wonder who/what will fill the void.

B. Lynn Goodwin
www.writeradvice.com


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Dear Dolores,

The Fiscal Crisis at the state and county level has been thoroughly studied by talented analysts, as Diablo Vista region neighbors, and Ms. Goodwin raises only one issue of the impact this crisis will have at the county level. The cascade of issues impacting revenue come from state and county impact on all your readership region in the areas of public safety, public works, education, child services, elder services and much of our lifestyle supplied by governments.

Use your exceptional journalism and incredible writing talents to inform us all of the costs this crisis will bring in 2009/2010. We, as all neighbors, must realize that the cost of recovery will be borne by neighborhoods. Neighbors simply want to know the costs and how to succeed in investing in recovery and our future.

No one is insulated from this crisis and we appreciate your workload with fewer reporters and greater demand for all news. I cannot imagine a more important story for all readers.

Please,

Hal


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