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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

June 5, 2000
Contact: Barbara Brown
(714) 834-3110
Orange County Releases Opinion Survey on Budget Priorities
(Santa Ana) – The Board of Supervisors today released results of a survey that measured public opinion about the county’s key issues, said Charles V. Smith, Chairman of the Board and First District Supervisor.

The 750-person sample expressed optimism about the status of the county, but overwhelmingly recognized bankruptcy debt as a significant issue. They ranked the top three countywide issues as crime, traffic and growth.

When asked about spending priorities for the tobacco settlement funds, those surveyed supported a balanced plan that addressed health, safety, and debt reduction. Nearly 80 percent want public input on plans for tobacco fund spending. Those surveyed also wanted to see safeguards to ensure that tobacco funds are spent properly, and they want accountability for results. Nearly 70 percent were in favor of the Board of Supervisors’ retaining some flexibility in implementing a spending plan, rather than being bound by an inflexible formula.

"As we saw in this morning’s budget hearings, there are major countywide issues competing for the limited available dollars," said Smith. "With the tobacco litigation funds now becoming available to us, it’s important that the Board have this public input into our deliberations. I’m encouraged to see that the majority of people understand the impact that bankruptcy debt has on the County budget and that they support the Board in seeking a fair and balanced spending plan."

Survey results attached