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Don't Cut the Tax Collector

( FRESNO COUNTY FINANCES )
 IT'S OKAY TO CUT SERVICES AND PERSONNEL IN EVERY FRESNO COUNTY DEPARTMENT BECAUSE OF THE BUDGET CRISIS, BUT DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT LAYING OFF PROPERTY ASSESSORS OR TAX COLLECTORS.  THAT'S WHAT SUPERVISORS HEARD YESTERDAY DURING THEIR ON-GOING BUDGET HEARINGS.  COUNTY ASSESSOR ROBERT WERNER, AND TAX COLLECTOR VICKI CROW URGED THE SUPS TO RE-THINK PROPOSED CUTS IN THEIR DEPARTMENTS BECAUSE, QUITE FRANKLY, THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO COLLECT THE MONEY THE SUPERVISORS GET TO SPEND.
 PROPOSED CUTS WOULD ELIMINATE FIVE JOBS IN THE TAX OFFICE AND 22 POSITIONS IN THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE.