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Top brass in O.C. asked to take pay cut to help county

June 10, 2009 | 12:47 pm

Key county executives and elected officials will be asked to take a 5% pay cut as part of the ongoing effort to slash $1.2 billion from Orange County’s budget, county supervisors decided today.

“We’re trying to lead by example,” Supervisor Chris Norby said. “The seriousness of the economic downturn has affected our budget. It is serious. People are hurting out there.”

The proposed pay cuts are part of an ongoing effort to trim the county’s budget by 18%, a reaction to the slumping economy and the decline in sales and property taxes. Two days of budget hearings ended today.

The pay cuts would affect slightly more than 100 county employees, including department heads but excluding a handful of social services managers who already face an 8% to 10% salary reduction through work furloughs.

Elected officials -- including the five county supervisors, the district attorney and the sheriff -- must voluntarily agree to pay cuts because their salaries cannot be adjusted during the year, county officials said.

The proposal introduced by Thomas Mauk, the county’s chief executive officer, would save about $600,000.

Supervisors unanimously approved the recommendation, which is to be adopted along with the final budget June 23.

-- Paloma Esquivel