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.