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Pierce County 2010 budget at a glance

Post by David Wickert on Nov. 11, 2009 at 9:25 am with 4 Comments »
November 11, 2009 9:25 am

2010 Pierce County budget at a glance

  • $269 million general fund, 7 percent less than a year ago. Total spending also is down 7 percent to $793 million.
  • The budget cuts more than 300 jobs. Many already are vacant, though some departments will lay off workers. The sheriff’s department will lost 15 deputies. The planning department will cut 25 positions. Superior Court loses one of its 22 judges.
  • Services will be eliminated at 16 parks, including Breseman Forest, Mayfair Park, Swan Creek, Seeley Lake and the Purdy Sand Spit.
  • Employees get a 2.5 percent raise.
  • Planning and parks fees will increase. Sewer and surface water rates will rise. The basic monthly sewer charge for a single family residence will rise $3.93 to $29.65.
  • The budget sets aside $3 million in reserve funds to pay for future pension obligations. It sets aside another $1.5 million in a reserve account to cover future budget problems.
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  1. ldozy1234 says:

    Dave: I know your busy but please answer these questions.
    What was the decision in this budget regarding the loan/funding for Chambers Golf and what was the total amount they requested?

  2. David Wickert says:

    Ldozy, the budget ordinance includes a $2.5 million loan to Chambers Bay from the county’s equipment rental & revolving fund. I need to get more information, but plan to write about this in the next week. As I understand it, county officials think they’ll be able to repay the loan with revenue from the U.S. Open. The budget ordinance says the loan is to cover course preparations for the two tournaments. But given the course’s financial situation, I wonder if it will be used to cover the debt repayments on the golf course. Look for more soon.

  3. RonMorehouse says:

    It appears that the ocunty could take some lessons from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue for budget process. This is a department that has no equal in budget process. They have a public reading and input of budget, then then have 2 more readings 2 weeks apart. When the crash was expected in 2008 all departments cut real dollars from their department and no one was let go. Again this year similar experience. Districts from across the country are looking at the Pierce County Fire district budget process as the leader in country.

    This is my personal opinion
    R.E. Morehouse

  4. ldozy1234 says:

    Thanks Dave…
    as you report on this, can you also explain to folks like me what normally would be covered under the equipment and revolving fund and how much of a budget cut ( or increase) this fund took over the last year.
    Also how much now has the County loaned or given Chambers over the last year and how much have they also spent of the funds from the Open and where this actually is portrayed in their recent fiscal report?
    I missed seeing how they adjusted the previous what, $600,00 loan the County made them a few months ago and the scheduled Open payment that was received. All I saw was total revenue… not where it factually came from and must of missed the reporting on it
    Thanks again!!

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