Supervisors approve budget, throw sheriff an extra $1.5 million

A recent Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Supervisors approved Kern County’s 2016-2017 budget Tuesday and, for the most part, resisted demands for more money from the Kern County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices.

They rejected a request for an additional $630,000 for staffing in the D.A.’s office but agreed to shift $2.8 million from county reserves to the active budget on behalf of Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

The money won’t be Youngblood’s to control. The sheriff will have to ask the County Administrative Office — with which he exchanged tense words Tuesday

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