County Officials to Resubmit 2018 Budget Requests

Mason County elected officials and department heads are being asked to redraft and submit their budget requests for 2018. The Mason County Commissioners held a budget workshop Wednesday morning to discuss the county’s budget for next year in the wake of the failure of a property tax levy lid lift.

There is a $5.1 Million difference between the requests for 2018 ($36,473,478) and expected revenues ($31,373,174). Each elected and department head is now being asked to reduce their expenditure requests and submit a revised preliminary 2018 budget by Wednesday, November 22nd.

Among the largest reductions will be to the Sheriff’s Office ($2,984,721). Earlier this month, the Sheriff submitted a revised 2018 preliminary budget that included a $3 Million levy shift from the Road Levy and a three-year, $375,000 interfund loan to purchase seven new patrol vehicles next year. According to Sheriff Casey Salisbury’s November 8th letter to the Commissioners, these actions would provide his office with the $13 Million required to operate without layoffs of patrol deputies.

These concepts and other cost saving ideas will be discussed at future budget workshops beginning November 27, 2017.

The League of Women Voters Mason County will be discussing the County’s budget in detail at 12 PM, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The League’s meeting in the Johnson Library at Olympic College Shelton is open to the public.