The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will host an economic and budget forum called "The Worst is Yet to Come" on today.
County officials say the forum will examine how their finances are being squeezed by the current economic downturn.
County Administrator Susan Muranishi said in a statement, "We are experiencing a perfect storm when it comes to Alameda County's finances and the programs the county provides."
Muranishi said, "The funds we need to provide vital health care, social services and public protection programs are dwindling at a time when the public demand for these services is going up."
According to Muranishi, the steep drop in home prices means a corresponding reduction in property tax revenue received by the county.
The Board of Supervisors has invited mayors and other elected officials to attend the forum, as well as local leaders in health care, labor, social services, public safety and other vital services.
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, who chairs the county's Budget Work Group, said the forum will provide an opportunity to explain how county programs are funded and how the impacts of the global financial meltdown will trickle down to affect key local services.
The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Elihu Harris State Office Building Auditorium at 1515 Clay Street in Oakland.