OLYMPIA – Citizens will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed 2018 midterm budget adjustment of Thurston County's 2017-2018 biennial budget at a public hearing on Monday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in County Courthouse Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502.
What: Public Hearings on 2018 Midterm Budget Adjustment of 2017-2018 biennial budget
When: Monday December 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: County Courthouse Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502
The public may submit written comments in lieu of testimony at the hearing.
Written comments can be emailed to Robin Campbell, Assistant County Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, hand delivered, or mailed to:
Thurston County Board of County Commissioners
ATTN: Robin Campbell
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502
The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, The Board of County Commissioners will adopt the 2018 midterm budget adjustment on Tuesday, December 12 at their regular board meeting.
Prior to the 2017-2018 biennial budget, the Board of Commissioners adopted a budget on an annual basis. The midterm budget adjustment process provides an opportunity for the Board of Commissioners to evaluate current revenues and expenditures.
Figures show an overall budget for 2018 of $286,133,685. That compares to $316,375,044 in 2017.
The main source of revenue for the county is property taxes, which is capped at 1% growth annually. That increase does not keep up with inflation, averaging 3 to 5% a year for items such as health care, software and construction supplies.
In order to maintain the current level of services, programs and activities offered to the public, the Board of Commissioners approved a property tax levy increase of 1% for the general fund, roads, Medic One and Conservation Futures. The total combined property tax revenue will increase by $714,000 in 2018.
Other revenue increases include
- Lake management district rate increases for Lake Lawrence and Long Lake
- Sewer and water system rate increases for Boston Harbor, Tamoshan/Beverly Beach, Olympic View and Grand Mound
The preliminary 2018 midterm budget adjustment can be found on the county's website.