PAUL J. YOUNG
City News Service
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County agencies face across-the-board spending cuts in the next fiscal year, with some of the steepest reductions impacting public safety agencies, as the county contends with revenue shortfalls stemming from the public health shutdowns, according to a proposed budget the Board of Supervisors will debate next week.
``The economic hardship caused by COVID-19 has created much fiscal uncertainty and will require difficult budget decisions,'' county CEO George Johnson said in an introduction to the 385-page document. ``This recommended budget strikes a balance to reduce (costs) to our county general fund departments, while maintaining services at the highest level afforded by the fiscal reality of much less revenue. We mu