Orange County's new budget is first in 3 years that doesn't ask departments to make cuts

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Copies of the Orange County 2012-2013 budget. In the midst of dramatic cuts across much of California, Orange County's budget director says that county is actually in a strong fiscal place.

Orange County begins a new fiscal year on Monday, with a new budget approved last month by the County Board of Supervisors.

Orange County’s budget for the next year is $5.6 billion, about $100 million more than last year. It's also the first time in three years county departments won’t be asked to make 5 percent cuts.

Fifth District County Supervisor Pat Bates says the new budget shows improvements over previous years, but she says continued uncertainty in the state budget could mean reductions in state funding, which could impact county programs.

Bates says county departments are prepared to make reductions.

Gov. Jerry Brown says he can close California's nearly $16 billion spending gap with his recently-signed budget. But voters first need to pass his tax increases in November.

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