Kern County: County budget passed

from the Bakersfield Californian

“Kern County supervisors approved a place-holder budget Tuesday morning for the 2015-2016 fiscal year that begins July 1. The spending plan cuts all county departments’ share of the county’s general revenues by 2.4 percent but manages to handle the losses without layoffs … There was little public comment about the plan, which must be updated in July and finalized in August after the county closes the current fiscal year’s books. But David Burdick, of Friends of the Ridgecrest Library, said library service in Kern County has been slowly eroded by budget cuts for year. ‘Library advocates don’t see this service is adequate at all,’ Burdick said. ‘I would like to see you increase the library budget by $2 million for the next fiscal year.’ Supervisors didn’t go for that. But [Supervisor] Gleason thanked Burdick and said the county is doing everything it can to find a way to reverse the unacceptable reduction in library services. ‘We don’t want status quo,’ he said.”