OLYMPIA – Facing some difficult spending choices, Thurston County Commissioners have focused their next two monthly television shows on the budget. The county does the "Thurston County Connection" TV show each month in conjunction with Thurston Community Television, typically using the program to explain offices and departments of county government or to talk about emerging issues like West Nile Virus. This time around the April and May programs will feature in-depth information on the county's spending plan and challenges with that plan.
Chief Administrative Officer Don Krupp says there are four main themes within the two programs. "In April we will explain what programs and services are provided to taxpayers by the county and where the money comes from to do that. Then, in May, we will go into detail about the nearly
$4-million shortfall we see coming up in the 2009 budget and also the process the county will go through to deal with the revenue challenges. It's unusual for us to do TV shows like this but we find ourselves in an unusual position."
Krupp says it's important that county residents watch the TV show if they can and otherwise track the budget process. "We realize that the budget is complex and confusing at times, that's why it's key for folks to learn as much as they can, so they can provide guidance to us as we go through some difficult decision making. What we decide will impact everyone who lives in Thurston County and we need advice to find the proper balance in future service delivery. We will, of course, have many opportunities for people to comment, but it would be good if they were as informed as possible about what it is that county government is facing."
The April budget program begins airing on the 18th and the May show airs first on May 16th. Each program airs on TCTV on Comcast Cable Channel 3 for a month-
- Fridays at 7 PM
- Saturdays at Noon
- Sundays at 8 PM