Cuyahoga County last week passed a $1.4 billion all-funds fiscal 2010 budget that was balanced through a series of across-the-boards cuts, many over 10%.

The budget represents a 6% decrease from last year.

The plan includes more than $7 million to finance the revamping of the county government. Voters in November approved a measure that calls for the current three-commissioner system to be replaced with a new charter government run by an elected executive and an 11-member council. A special primary will be held in September to seat the new officials.

Cuyahoga's new executive will govern Ohio's wealthiest and most populous county, which includes Cleveland. It has $152 million of general obligation debt and $93 million of non-tax revenue debt outstanding.

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