Supervisors direct officials to restore some CPS funds

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Friday directed the County Executive's Office to find ways to restore some funding for Child Protective Services.

Supervisors are in the midst of their latest round of budget hearings, trying to close a $68 million general fund shortfall in the fiscal year that is less than three months old. Among cuts officials proposed was eliminating almost 200 jobs in Child Protective Services.

All supervisors called CPS their top priority for more funding, and Friday directed staff to find a way to minimize the cuts.

Supervisor Jimmie Yee recommended the County Executive's Office find a way to restore $3 million in local funding to CPS. Matching federal funds would bring the total restoration to more than $5.3 million and save 78 jobs. CPS had been slated to lose $14.9 million.

Budget hearings resume at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

– Robert Lewis