11:07 PM PST on Sunday, November 22, 2009
By DUANE W. GANG
Holding off on new vehicles, buying used furniture and using video conferencing to cut down on mileage will help Riverside County save an estimated $37 million this year.
That’s according to a new report headed before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Riverside County faces dropping revenues, and officials have warned of possible layoffs as they work to overcome budget shortfalls.
In a first-quarter budget report to supervisors this month, county officials said discretionary revenues are now projected to drop from $629 million to $609 million for the current fiscal year.
Ongoing expenses, meanwhile, sit at $680 million, putting increasing pressure on county officials to reduce spending. Supervisors will hold a budget workshop Tuesday to discuss ways to bridge the gap.
The savings outlined in the new report are part of a program called Safeguard County of Riverside Against Preventable Expenses.
According to the report:
The county had originally planned to purchase 530 vehicles in the current fiscal year at a cost of $12.5 million. Instead, the county will buy 60 for $1.6 million.
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