By: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
Orange County is in negotiations with five of its seven employee groups—and it couldn’t have come at a tougher time.
The County is facing unprecedented financial hardship: $50 million in promised State funds evaporated in the past year and the County must repay the State another $150 million on top of that. Diverting State prisoners to County jails will cost $6 million more than expected. Rising health and retirement costs will consume an extra $14 million next year just staying with the status quo.
Something has to give. Continue reading