OLYMPIA -- Thurston County Commissioners have been presented with the draft 2007 budget. The preliminary budget for next year is set at $418 million in total. The General Fund budget for 2007 is $74.3 million with a forecasted reserve at the end of the year of $6.9 million.
Thurston County Chief Administrative Officer Don Krupp says the 2007 budget is up about five percent from this year. He says that means that current-level services and programs will continue. "Because of increased demand for services and inflationary costs for personnel benefits and other factors, this is really a status quo budget." Unprecedented new construction has had a beneficial impact on general revenues for the county. But Krupp says there are several topics of concern for 2007 and beyond. "We have some big issues that will have impacts on the budget including management of increasing numbers of jail inmates. We also have some capital construction concerns such as the new Accountability and Restitution Center , building a single secure entryway to the main county campus and remodeling of the 3400 building into a customer service center." Other issues, according to Krupp are growth management compliance concerns, utilities management and economic development in the Grand Mound area.
A public hearing on the 2007 budget will be held at 6:15 PM the evening of December 4th in room 280 of Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.
County Commissioners will deliberate on the budget December 4th through the 8th and adoption is scheduled for Monday morning, December 18th.
Those interested can review budget information on the Thurston County website at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/budget/Index.htm Comments can be directed to Budget Director John Bartz at email@example.com