3540 Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
- The Budget includes General Fund reductions of $52.7 million and 66.5 positions in 2008-09.
- The following programs totaling $88.7 million General Fund have been exempted from the budget balancing reductions:
Scheduled expenditures of $82.4 million for emergency fire suppression costs.
Scheduled expenditures of $6.3 million for lease revenue payments.
The major budget balancing reductions include:
Reduce $315,000 and 1.9 positions from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. This reduction will reduce funding for direct administration of the Office of the State Fire Marshal and code development and analysis.
Reduce $44.7 million and 361 positions from the Fire Protection Program. This reduction will be implemented by shifting funding for 20 one-engine fire stations and the contract county equivalent, 11 conservation camps, and 1 helitack base from the General Fund to the Insurance Fund, and will be supported by a surcharge on commercial and residential property insurance policies.
Reduce $3 million and 20.9 positions from the Resources Management Program. This reduction will reduce funding for vegetation management, timber harvest plans, nurseries, and other resource management programs.
Reduce $4.8 million and 43.7 positions from Administration. This reduction will reduce funding for accounting, contracts, human resources, and information technology functions.