The County of San Diego's actions in response to the current
fiscal crisis include another attempt to determine whether any
current county-operated programs can be outsourced.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 May 12 to
direct the county's chief administrative officer to identify
additional county services for outsourcing and to return to the
supervisors with recommendations within 120 days.
"We have a responsibility to the taxpayers to explore any and all cost-saving measures," said Chairman and District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob. "This may be the only way to keep some of our programs alive."
The county's discretionary funding from sales and property taxes
is down more than $100 million, the stock market collapse has
created significant losses in the county's pension fund, and the
State of California's budget problems will impact county
"The county is facing what I classify as a triple whammy," Jacob said.
The decline in revenue is expected to be a long-term problem requiring long-term solutions.
"Outsourcing of services would help the county put decreasing tax dollars where they stand the greatest chance of doing the most good for the most people,"