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County Executive Smith Evaluates SEIU Budget Proposals

Most Recommendations Already in County’s Proposed Budget

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—Today, County of Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith sent a memo to the Board of Supervisors that evaluated the proposed budget solutions by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 521). The memo responds to a report put out by Local 521 called “Community Plan: Countywide Budget Solutions.”

“The majority of the resources identified, $68 million out of the $97 million, are related to new hospital revenues related to health care reform that already have been included in the budget,” said Smith, expressing concern that the union released the Plan without any consultation with County administration.

“These solutions are at the core of the Health and Hospital Systems reduction plan and these revenues have been in the County’s deficit reduction plan from the beginning,” Smith continued.

Smith also recommended that the Board of Supervisors reject the following proposals, because: they are already included in the Fiscal Year 2012 County Executive’s Recommended Budget; they are not feasible; or they would produce negative effects in other areas:

  • Reduce contingency reserve by $9 million
  • Delay Retiree Health Repayment - $5 million
  • Internal Service Funds - $15 million
  • Capital Projects - $1.7 million
  • Foreclosure Registration Program/Bank Foreclosure Maintenance Requirement - $1,516,000 – see spreadsheet
  • CalPERS Fresh Start - $5,000,000
  • Sale of County Owned Property - $6,000,000

The County Executive’s complete response and detailed spreadsheet are attached. The Board will begin holding Budget Workshops on May 17.

Board of Supervisors Budget Workshops



Board Chambers, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose



Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – 1:30 p.m.

  • Budget Overview
  • Children, Seniors and Families: Department of Child Support Services, In Home Supportive Services
  • Health and Hospital: Children’s Shelter and Custody Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Community Health Services, Valley Health Plan, Public Health, Mental Health

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Children, Seniors and Families, continued: Social Services Agency
  • Health and Hospital, continued: Valley Medical Center

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 1:30 p.m.

  • Finance and Government Operations: Special Programs and Reserves, Contingencies, Board of Supervisors, Clerk of the Board, County Executive’s Office and LAFCO/ Affordable Housing, Assessor, Procurement, County Counsel, Registrar of Voters, Information Services Department, Three Year Technology Plan, County Communications, Facilities and Fleet, Capital Programs, County Library, Employee Services Agency, Finance Agency

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:30 p.m.

  • Public Safety and Justice: Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Sheriff, Medical Examiner-Coroner, Office of the Public Defender, Office of Pretrial Services, Department of Correction, Probation, Criminal Justice System-wide Costs.
  • Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation: Measure B, Planning and Development, Agriculture and Environmental Management, Parks and Recreation, and Roads and Airports Department.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
A Special Public Session for members of the public to speak about the FY 2012 Recommended Budget.

Budget hearing meetings to make final decisions on the FY 2012 Budget will take place June 13-17, 2011.

County Executive’s FY 2012 Recommended Budget is located at www.sccgov.org under Hot Items

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: May 11, 2011