Supervisors OK $2.2B budget for Maricopa County

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a $2.2 billion budget for Maricopa County for fiscal year 2015.

It's $8.5 million less than the budget for the current fiscal year.

More than half of the new budget will go for law enforcement and $1 million of which will be used to pay for a court-ordered monitor to the county Sheriff's Office.

The monitor was appointed because of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff's office.

Supervisors Chairman Denny Barney tells Phoenix radio station KTAR that most of the rest of the money will go toward other areas of law enforcement including the county attorney, public defense services and courts.

The money for law enforcement includes raises for sheriff's deputies and probation officers. Three new court divisions will be added.

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