Applicants Sought for County Budget Committee

The Mason County Commission is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the Mason County Citizens Advisory Budget Committee. This committee will be comprised of no more than seven members and include two residents, not employed by Mason County, appointed from each Mason County Commissioner District and Mason County Commissioner Terri Drexler who will serve as Committee Chair. Terms shall end December 31, 2018 unless extended by the County Commissioners.

The Advisory Budget Committee will review and develop recommendations to the County Commissioners on the following:

a. Recommend Budget Priorities based on mandates.
b. Recommend how to close the funding gap between expenditures and revenues.
c. Examine and evaluate new revenue sources and new revenue options and provide
recommendations on which to pursue.
d. Define and recommend alternative budgeting methods, i. e. zero based, line item
authority, biennial.
e. Define opportunities to better manage expenditures and revenues growth.
f. Establish recommendations for a county wide sustainable budget.

A report containing recommendations should be received by the Board of Commissioners by July 31, 2018.

Advisory Budget Committee meetings will be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act and members will be required to attend, at no cost to themselves, Open Public Meetings Act and Public Record Act training made available by Mason County.

Interested parties may obtain an application at the Mason County Commissioners Office, 411 North 5th Street in Shelton; by calling 427- 9670, 275-4467, or 482- 5269 ext. 419; or on County’s website: www.co.mason.wa.us. (Click here for a director link to the application.) Applications will be accepted until April 5, 2018.

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  1. Citizen budget committees are nothing new, and they are a good idea. However, as is sometimes the case, good ideas do not always translate into good outcomes, especially when the process is being manipulated, which is the case here.
    Commissioners Neatherlin and Drexler were quick to introduce a condition into the committee by-laws that requires a County Commissioner Chair the committee and also to cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie decision.
    What this means is that a commissioner will be directly involved in all aspects of the committee process, from who serves on the committee, to how the committee runs, to casting the tie-breaking vote. And when the committee completes its report, that same commissioner will then vote on whether to accept the committee’s recommendations when they’re presented to the board on which she sits.
    If all that ‘parenting’ concerns you, you’re probably not going to find much comfort in the explanation Commission Drexler gave for it, which boiled down to not trusting committee members to “stay on track”.

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