Thurston County Commissioners encourage county residents to comment on the proposed 2014 budget at a public hearing Tuesday, October 29. The preliminary budget proposal recommends a reduction in spending for 2014 as inflation continues to outpace revenue growth. Taking into consideration 2013 expenditures and early revenue forecasts for next year, Commissioners will need to trim about $6 million dollars from 2013 spending levels for the 2014 budget.
County manager Cliff Moore says county leadership is committed to good management and financial practices. “We must be diligent to ensure there are sufficient reserves to meet cash flow needs and the cost of unanticipated emergencies. Our greatest challenge is to balance the needs of county citizens with our current revenues.” This is difficult, as the primary source of county revenue- property tax- is capped at one percent growth per year while inflation has been running three percent to seven percent a year.
The proposed $290.8 million budget is lower than the 2013 budget of $316.6 million. The proposed General Fund budget for 2014 is about $90.5 million, down about 2 percent from 2013. Nearly 13 percent of General Fund revenue comes from sales tax, which has decreased since the economy first faltered in 2008.
WHAT: Public Hearing for the 2014 Thurston County Budget
WHEN: Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rm 280, Building One, Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia
Thurston County residents can also submit comments to:
Board of County Commissioners- Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W. Olympia, WA 98502
Budget materials are available online at www.co.thurston.wa.us.
October 28, 2013/Thurston County Public Notice