Supervisors launch budget review — and get an earful

In this photo from earlier this summer, District Attorney Lisa Green listens as the Kern County Board Of Supervisors discusses budget cuts that would greatly affect her department. Tempers flared over the budget again Tuesday.

Tempers, still hot after a contentious budget process that ended last week, flared again Tuesday as the Kern County Board of Supervisors launched a county-wide effort to streamline government, save money and survive financial crisis.

County Administrative Officer John Nilon pitched the process to supervisors Tuesday afternoon.

Things got heated when he pointed to the Sheriff’s Office as an example of a place where the county could save. Nilon questioned the need for an $80,000 sheriff’s plane that he said only flies a couple times a year and 30 new sheriff’s

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