Public Hearing on County Budget – Monday, December 6

From a news release dated Thursday, December 02, 2010:

Thurston County Commissioners on Monday, December 6 will hold a public hearing on the spending plan for 2011. Commissioners have been meeting with county elected officials and department directors the past several weeks to iron out the final details of the budget. They have also been reviewing comments received from the public.

The $276 million budget would enable Thurston County to maintain its current level of programs and services without the painful budget reductions of the past several years. The county remains under a hiring freeze, and there will be no cost-of-living increases for county staff. Thurston County budget analysts predict Thurston County will end 2010 with financially responsible fund balances.

Although Thurston County’s 2011 budget is less painful than in years past, County Manager Don Krupp predicts some difficult decisions in the years ahead. “Property and sales taxes revenue growth is sluggish. In addition, property tax growth is limited to one percent per year while operational costs typically increase by three to five percent per year. State layoffs will also take a toll on the county’s economy.” Krupp predicted. “Our greatest challenge is to strike a balance between the needs of county citizens and the revenue situation,” he said.

The budget public hearing will be held at 5:30 the evening of Monday, December 6th in Room 280 of Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse. Thurston County residents can also submit comments by mail to: Board of County Commissioners, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW, Olympia, WA 98502

Those wanting to comment can also call (360) 786-5440 or fax to (360) 754-4104 or send email to the County Commissioners at: tcbocc@co.thurston.wa.us Budget materials can be viewed on line at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/budget/

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