Board boosts funding for agencies struggling in fiscal first quarter

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Funding to offset a deficit in the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, along with allocations to cover the costs of a union contract and the sheriff's purchase of a new helicopter, were approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to smooth out wrinkles that appeared in the first quarter of the current fiscal year. In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board agreed to commit nearly $15 million in contingency money to meet agencies' needs, taking the cash reserve down to $2.7 million. More than $200 million in reserves, however, remains available in a variety of budget sub accounts. The largest commitment that the board approved was a $4 million appropriation for the United Domestic Workers' memorandum of understanding authorized in early October. The contra
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