Monday night, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and top legislators emerged from behind closed doors to announce that their negotiations had borne fruit: A budget deal that they said would close the state's $26.3 billion budget deficit.

It's not news being greeted warmly by local governments, as the deal relies in part on borrowing from local governments and redirecting of funds earmarked for them.

"It's about what we anticipated what the worst case could be," Hesperia Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David McLaughlin said Wednesday.  "We don't know ... where the actual hurt will be, until the bills are passed in the legislature in the next day or two."

The city of Hesperia will be hit on multiple fronts.

"They're actually taking it from all the [financial] districts," said Hesperia Director of Management Services Brian Johnson, "So for the first time, the fire district will lose we're estimating $314,000. ... Not having any other sources of revenue, that's a pretty big deal. That's the equivalent of having 2.7 firefighters out on the street."

In addition to fewer firefighters, the proposed deal could mean $8 million less in road and infrastructure improvements for the city in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

And don't look for the County of San Bernardino to be able to pick up the slack.

"Sacramento's outrageously irresponsible proposed theft of local funds would result in the virtual elimination of local road maintenance services, resulting in deteriorated roads and unsafe conditions," First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt was quoted as saying in a press release issued on Tuesday. "Our county alone stands to lose 61% of what it costs to operate and maintain 2,775 miles of roads."

While there are some cuts that will be felt in the near term, the effects of Monday's budget compromise won't be fully felt for at least 12 months.

"This year we can survive with these cuts, because we have some federal stimulus to backfill," said McLaughlin. "The brunt of these cuts will be in next year's budget."

In borrowing and taking funds from local governments, the legislature is living by a different set of rules than local governments are required to abide by.

"Where possible, we make sure we keep as healthy a reserve as possible," said Johnson. "This year, when we adopted the budget in June, we adopted a balanced budget with less use of reserves than in previous years, and those are all for modest one-time uses. ... The key for us, each year, as painful as it may be incrementally, is that you've got to pass a balanced budget."

The state senate approved the budget deal on Thursday. The assembly was still considering the issue as of Friday afternoon. If they approve the deal, the exact details of how much local governments will lose to balance Sacramento's budget won't emerge for several weeks.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.