Orange County could be forced to make layoffs after a judge ruled against it in a multimillion-dollar dispute with the state.
The Orange County Register reports that a tentative ruling issued Tuesday could force the county to turn over $73.5 million in annual revenue - that's more than 11 percent of this year's general funding.
It's unclear whether the county could prevent the immediate loss even if it appeals.
The case involves a battle over how much property tax the county turns over to the state. It's been running for several years, meaning the county potentially might have to pay than $219 million.
County Supervisor John Moorlach says that could mean layoffs but Budget Director Frank Kim says there are funding reserves that could act as a buffer.