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Public to be heard about Island County budget

Island County commissioners have worked on the 2013 budget all month and are ready to hear the public’s input. There will be a commissioners meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 in the commissioners’ hearing room in the courthouse annex building, located at 1 N.E. Sixth St. in Coupeville.

Commissioners met seven times in September to work on the county’s budget for the coming year. The budget has an estimated $67.1 million in revenues, 25 percent of which will come from property taxes, with an equal expenditure budget. Maintenance and operations are expected to increase this year to $23.7 million, about 36 percent of the county’s total expenditures. Interdepartment and transfers costs are projected to shrink, however, from $9.1 million to about $8.3 million.

A second hearing, if needed, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8.

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