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County sets dates for ’09 budget talks

The Island County board of commissioners has set out a schedule for preparing next year’s budget.

Review of the 2009 spending plan for each county department gets underway during a regular board session on Monday, Sept. 8.

The assessor’s office, auditor, county facilities, Senior Services, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County will be discussed, starting at 11 a.m.

On Monday, Sept. 15, central services and public works are on the regular board agenda, starting at 11 a.m.

During a special session on Wednesday, Sept. 24, the human resources department budget will be discussed, starting at 1:30 p.m., followed by the county fair, dog control, public defense, veteran’s assistance and other programs.

Budget work continues during a regular board session on Monday, Oct. 6, with public-health pooling starting at 11 a.m. Planning and community development will be discussed at 1:30 p.m., followed by capital project funds at 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13 is largely law-and-justice day for the commissioners. Budget talks begin with district court at 11 a.m., followed in the afternoon by discussion on the funding for the prosecuting attorney, sheriff, clerk, superior court and coroner.

The budget for human services and drug court is on the agenda for the commissioners’ regular session Monday,

Oct. 20. Also on the agenda is the treasurer’s office, and the status of special budget accounts, which include the homeless housing fund, E-911, the low-income housing fund, joint tourism promotion fund, and rural counties sales tax fund.

A special session has been set with County Budget Director Elaine Marlow to review the budget on Wednesday, Oct. 22 and Monday, Oct. 27.

The proposed budget will be presented to county commissioners on Nov. 3, to be followed by a budget hearing on Dec. 1.

Additional dates for commissioner workshops have been set aside for Nov. 10, 17, 21 and 24 if more time is needed to finalize the 2009 budget.

Island County has a budget of roughly $73.8 million this year, up from $69 million in 2007.

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