SANTA ANA — The Orange County government's proposed budget for the next fiscal year calls for a third straight year of painful cuts as the county's revenue sources are expected to continue their slump due to the economic downturn.
The fiscal 2010-11 budget proposal, released Monday, draws about $36 million from the reserve fund and other one-time funding sources, but still leaves the county about $49 million short of what would be needed to maintain the same level of services as this year.
The proposal calls for county departments to shrink their budgets by 5% during the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. That would mean that since 2008-09, all non-public safety departments will have cut their budgets by 15%. Public safety agencies such as the Sheriff's Department, district attorney and Probation Department have cut closer to 10%.