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Sheriff, D.A. Pull Off Bloodless Budget Coup : Government: The lawmen have rewritten the political rules. Supervisors can no longer touch their funding.

COUNTY REPORT: Power of the Badge

August 20, 1995|KENNETH R. WEISS and CARLOS V. LOZANO | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

"I think the consequences will come and the public will finally see it," VanderKolk said. "Then the pendulum will swing again. That's politics for you."

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County Public Safety Budgets

The budgets of Ventura County's public safety agencies have grown over the last four years. In 1993, voters approved a half-cent sales tax that has funneled millions of extra dollars into the agencies' coffers. Not included is the Fire Department, which receives its money from the state.

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Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 Sheriff $71.6 million $80.8 million $100.0 million District Attorney $13.5 million $13.8 million $15.1 million Corrections $15.6 million $18.8 million $19.6 million Public defender $4.7 million $5.1 million $5.4 million TOTAL $105.4 million $118.5 million $140.1 million

Fiscal year 1995-96 Sheriff $105.0 million District Attorney $15.8 million Corrections $21.2 million Public defender $5.7 million TOTAL $147.7 million

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Source: Chief Administrative Office

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Changes in County Workers

Public safety departments have grown compared to other key Ventura County departments in terms of jobs lost and gained over the last four years. The biggest single increase was in the Sheriff's Department, which hired additional employees for the new Todd Road Jail. The total increase in jobs for public safety was 283. The total increase for the other departments listed was 18.

PUBLIC SAFETY

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Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 total jobs total jobs total jobs total jobs Sheriff 962 934 1,175 1,189 District attorney 185 179 209 204 Public defender 57 57 65 65 Corrections 317 291 347 346 TOTAL 1,521 1,461 1,796 1,804

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GENERAL GOVERNMENT

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Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 total jobs total jobs total jobs total jobs Assessor 129 113 96 106 Auditor 77 73 72 72 Chief administrator 36 31 29 26 Board of Supervisors 25 25 25 25 County counsel 35 34 33 32 Personnel 65 57 48 44 TOTAL 367 333 303 305

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HEALTH

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Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 total jobs total jobs total jobs total jobs Public health 138 114 125 133 Mental health 383 390 426 440 Health care Administration 34 10 9 3 TOTAL 555 514 560 576

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PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

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Fiscal year Fiscal year Fiscal year 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 total jobs total jobs total jobs Welfare maintenance 491 532 534 Welfare administration 81 83 81 Children's services 144 142 145 TOTAL 716 757 760

Fiscal year 1995-96 total jobs Welfare maintenance 532 Welfare administration 70 Children's services *173 TOTAL 775

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* Includes transfers from within the department.

Source: Chief Administrative Office

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