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Public Hearing on the 2009 Skagit County Budget. December 2, 2008. 2009 Budget Process. July – Budget call and software training August – Departments submitted budgets September through October – Administrative Staff met with departments,

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2009 budget process
2009 Budget Process
  • July – Budget call and software training
  • August – Departments submitted budgets
  • September through October –

Administrative Staff met with departments,

reviewed requests, compiled recommendations

  • October – Individual Department meetings with Board of County Commissioners
  • November 18 – Preliminary Budget Available
  • December 2 – Public Hearing to consider testimony
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2009 Budget Process
  • Departments asked to maintain 10% reduction in supplies and services
  • Departments asked to submit a budget that provided the same level of service for 2009
  • Requests from departments showed a $3.7 million shortfall
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2009 Budget Process
  • Departments given further instructions by the Board to assist in balancing the budget.
  • Responses included:
    • Increased Revenues
    • Reduction in supplies and services
    • Reduction in programs
    • Reduction in staffing
      • General Fund – 12.475 FTE’s, 4.875 Vacant
      • Non General Fund – 24.2 FTE’s, 7 vacant
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2009 Budget Process
  • Other items to balance the budget included:
    • $500,000 - Increased PILT revenues
    • $350,000 - Levy banked capacity / Levy shift
    • $350,000 – Attrition
    • $500,000 – negotiated concessions
    • General Wage Adjustment exceptions
2009 and beyond
Quarterly budget reviews

Uncertain revenues

Sales Tax

Change from 2007 to 2008 is -7.8%

Similar decrease from 2008 to 2009 = $637,500

Uncertain expenses

Extraordinary Criminal Justice Expenses

2009 and Beyond
what s next
What’s Next?
  • Final Budget Adoption on December 9th
    • 8:30 am in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room
  • Public Hearing on Property Tax Levies on December 16th
    • 1:30 pm in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room
  • Adoption for Property Tax Levies on December 23rd on Consent Agenda
    • 8:00 am in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room