Orange County may have to pay state $73 million

Orange County Courthouse

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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. (Photo: Orange County courthouse, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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.

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