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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Don Krupp, Thurston County Manager, (360) 786-5440

Public Invited to Comment on Thurston Countys 2013 Budget

Olympia- Thurston County Commissioners encourage county residents to comment on the proposed 2013 budget at a public hearing Tuesday, December 4. The budget, as proposed, is a status quo spending plan.

Thurston County Budget and Fiscal Manager Robin Campbell says the plan calls for the county to live within its means next year. "The slow economy means there will not be any major revenue increases for 2013. Careful spending by county elected officials and department directors also allows the proposed $291.4 million budget to come forward without the major program cuts that were needed in 2008 and 2009."

The $291.4 million proposed budget for 2013 is slightly lower than the 2012 budget of $318.8 million. The proposed General Fund budget for 2013 is just under $87.6 million, up only $55,000 from 2012, or an increase of less than one percent. Nearly 17 percent of General Fund revenue comes from sales tax, which has decreased dramatically since the economy first faltered in 2008. Additions to the budget, requested by county offices, can be found on the county website.

What: Public Hearing for the 2013 Thurston County Budget
When: 5:30pm Tuesday, December 4
Where: Room 280, Building One, Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SE Olympia

Thurston County residents can also submit comments to:
Board of County Commissioners
Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W.
Olympia, WA 98502

Comments may be sent by e-mail to: tcbocc@co.thurston.wa.us.

Budget materials are available online at www.co.thurston.wa.us.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3