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Jun 3, 2014 12:06 PM by Associated Press

Abandoned camp has cost Orange County $1.5 million

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A youth detention camp in the Cleveland National Forest has cost Orange County $1.5 million since it was closed in 2009. There are still 15 years left on the lease.

The county is negotiating to break the lease with the U.S. Forest Service, but in the meantime, security and maintenance bills have to be paid.

Supervisor Todd Spitzer tells The Orange County Register (bit.ly/1osr5GJ) the board needs to get the property off the books but the federal government is dragging its feet.

Ranger Darrell Vance at the Forest Service's Trabuco District says discontent is new to him.

The county negotiated its first lease in 1970 and last renegotiated in 2008. One year later the economic downturn forced the county to shut it down, releasing or moving 150 students.

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