March 17, 2011 9:02 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • In light of a looming $8.4 million budget deficit, the City Council appears poised to reverse its decision to spend more than $1 million putting additional deputies back on city streets.

Councilman Mike Rothschild called for a special meeting to rescind his March 1 vote to immediately fill seven deputy positions and one sheriff’s service specialist position, which have been left vacant to save money over the last couple of years.

His turnaround was prompted by the bleak financial report the City Council received Tuesday night. Rothschild said he wouldn’t have voted to increase Victorville’s contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department if he’d known just how grave the city’s budget situation is, calling the lack of foresight on his part a “failure.”

Without Rothschild’s support, the proposal fails, having narrowly passed two weeks ago on a split 3-2 vote.

Mayor Ryan McEachron and Councilwoman Angela Valles — who began pushing to add more deputies shortly after she took her seat in November — said they aren’t backing down from their commitment to fund the positions.

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