April 18 (Bloomberg) -- William Fujioka, the chief executive officer of Los Angeles County, whose population exceeds that of 42 states, unveiled a $23.3 billion proposed budget that cuts vacant jobs to help close a deficit.
Fujioka, who runs the nation’s most-populous county, with 9.8 million people, would erase a $220.9 million gap for the fiscal year that begins in July with $185.2 million in one-time funding measures and $35.7 million in spending cuts along with eliminating 257 jobs, according to a statement from his office.
“The county is in much better financial shape than many other municipalities because of the fiscal practices and long- term budgeting discipline by the Board of Supervisors,” Fujioka said in the statement.
Revenue has “rebounded slightly,” with an annual gain of 5 percent in sales taxes projected for fiscal 2012, according to a budget presentation. Receipts from property levies are forecast to increase less than 1 percent. Since fiscal 2007, the number of general-relief cases, where indigent adults get financial assistance, has almost doubled, to about 106,900 this year from 58,600, according to the county.
The county supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposal starting May 11. The spending plan must pass the board to become final.
Department budgets have been reduced 17 percent through the past four years, according to the statement. Structural changes have led to $406 million in cost cuts and the elimination of more than 2,700 jobs in that time, it said.
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