Fresno County Reduces Services, Eliminates 13 Public Health Positions
On Tuesday, Fresno County supervisors voted 3-2 to eliminate 13 positions from the Department of Public Health, the Fresno Bee reports.
The county expects to save about $82,500 in fiscal year 2008-2009, which ends June 30, and about $1 million in the next budgetary cycle.
The cuts will affect services for six programs, but department officials said no programs will be cut.
Edward Moreno, Fresno County's health director and public health officer, said the department has experienced five budget cuts since October, dropping this year's budget from $77 million to about $73 million.Â In addition, the cuts have translated to a 22% reduction in staff positions, from 586 to 456 (Hostetter, Fresno Bee, 5/5).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.