Contra Costa County chief administrator David Twa sent out an email to county elected leaders and top staffers yesterday urging patience and cool heads as the county struggles with its difficult finances.
His message suggests that correspondence in recent days has become heated as the county mucks its way through deep budget cuts and tough decisions.
Here’s what Twa wrote:
Subject: Take a deep breath
These are difficult times for all of us. Unfortunately, they will get worse before they get better. The budget problems we are currently facing are just the first of many. The national economy will not recover anytime soon, and neither will Contra Costa. We are ill prepared to face the Retiree Health Insurance (OPEB) or the Coming crisis in Pension funding. By 2013 we will need to invest over $200 Million just to meet these obligation, with revenues that continue to decline. There will be no money for raises for our employees, and cuts in service and lay offs will be the norm for the next few years.
As I have reviewed e-mails and correspondence over the past few days, it is clear that as our resources continue to shrink, everyone is becoming more stressed and emotions are rising to the surface. I would only suggest that we try to be a little more patience with each other and deal with the
issues as quickly as we can.
Thanks for all you do for Contra Costa.