Maricopa County supervisors last week unanimously approved a preliminary $2.3 billion budget for fiscal 2009, an amount just 0.4% higher than fiscal 2008.

The budget includes $42.5 million in cuts for county departments through elimination of unfilled jobs, reductions in programs, and overall belt-tightening, according to deputy budget director Christopher Bradley. He said the county will cut another $56 million from non-departmental budgets by reducing spending on infrastructure projects.

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