OLYMPIA – Thurston County residents are encouraged to attend a hearing on the 2015 county budget, the evening of Monday, October 6.-30-
The county's overall preliminary budget for 2015 is $294 million, which includes $88 million for the proposed General Fund spending level. County offices and departments for several months have been working on a spending plan for next year that is frozen at 2014 levels. Elected leaders and department directors have to absorb the increases in medical benefit costs, salary increases, and other inflationary costs as part of this budget.
"There really is not a part of county government that doesn't deserve additional resources to provide services that citizens need. However, limitations on revenue mean we have to tighten our belts more each year just to get by, because inflation is increasing at a higher rate than revenue. And that impacts all offices and departments of county government." said Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela. "Having said that, I think this budget is a responsible way to manage the revenue we have and provide as wide an array of programs and services to the public as we can."
The public hearing follows a September budget presentation that was open to the public and several open meetings where County Commissioners discussed the spending plan. Commissioners are scheduled to adopt the 2015 budget on October 9.
WHAT: Public Hearing on the 2015 Thurston County Budget
WHEN: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Thurston County Courthouse Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia