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Pinal County OKs budget that cuts about 4 percent

Pinal County Supervisors have adopted a $357 million budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year that trims about 4 percent from county spending.

The plan is about 17 percent lower than the current $430 million budget. But many of the cuts come from a state-mandated privatization of the county’s long term care programs for the elderly. State funding for those programs will now go to a private contractor and most county workers who did the work will lose their jobs by Oct. 1.

County Manager Fritz Behring said department and elected leaders worked together to reduce spending, eliminate programs and streamline operations.

The budget gives no merit, step or cost of living raises to county employees.

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