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June 11, 2012
Regional Parks will get a forum in county budget hearings
Another department will get its own platform at Sacramento County's budget hearings after all.

After requests from advocates and others to him and to county supervisors, County Executive Brad Hudson announced at the start of the budget meeting this morning that the Regional Parks will have its own presentation at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Hudson is recommending that the parks system get about $7.8 million in 2012-13 -- nearly $300,000 less than in 2011-12. The Regional Parks budget has been slashed in recent years, its longtime director Janet Baker retired last year and it has turned over some operations to nonprofits and the private sector, like Gibson Ranch

Though Hudson denied it, several supervisors were told that he initially planned for only the elected department heads -- District Attorney Jan Scully and Sheriff Scott Jones -- to present their budget proposals directly to supervisors. They are both planning to lobby this morning for more money. The sheriff wants $10.7 million more, while the district attorney is seeking another $2.2 million.

UPDATED: The heads of Human Assistance and Health and Human Services, among other major agencies, addressed the board as well. In wrapping up today's session, Supervisor Phil Serna thanked Hudson for responding to early criticism and noted that those agencies had less bad news to report on their financial pictures. 

Hudson has defended how he has put together his proposed budget. He told supervisors this morning that there has been plenty of community outreach. After his plan was posted on the county's website last Tuesday, an email blast went out to 40,000 people, he said.

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