Maricopa County begins hiring, spending freeze

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Administrators in Maricopa County have begun a hiring and spending freeze.

The county will limit all purchases that are more than $1,000 and all positions that are currently vacant or become vacant in the current fiscal year.

Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson says that even though the economy appears to be stabilizing, the county's new budget anticipates little to no growth in revenues.

The Board of Supervisors has approved an operating budget of $2.3 billion for the fiscal year.

The hiring and spending freeze applies to the county's superior court, the offices of independent county-elected officials, and all departments and services governed by the county, including the library.