Session centers on budget concerns

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By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Don't expect any new roads in Calaveras County in the near future.

At a study session with the Board of Supervisors yesterday, county Public Works Director Bob Kawasaki told supervisors his department does not anticipate enough state funding to schedule major road-construction projects.

"We're in a holding pattern for now," said Kawasaki, adding that the county's road budget will be more than $1 million less than last year's an expected outcome of the state's budget problems.

Supervisors held the study session to discuss the condition of county agencies and departments that rely largely on state and federal funding to survive.

But only a few department heads spoke.

Calaveras County Works and Human Services Director Terri Beaudreau was more optimistic than Kawasaki. Beaudreau expects her department's $12.6 budget to remain intact throughout the year.

Jeanne Boyce, director of the Calaveras County Health Services Agency, said state budget cuts will hinder her agency's ability to fight communicable diseases and might cut into her agency's funding to keep an eye out for epidemics.

The board will hold another study session soon to hear about the budgets of departments that are fueled mainly by county general fund money.

Kawasaki said the situation isn't good, and could worsen before final budget hearings next month.

"But if we lose it all, we can survive," he said.

Contact Scott Pesznecker at spesznecker@uniondemocrat.com .

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