Budget hearing set for November 5

YAKIMA – Yakima Coun-ty’s general fund budget for 2014 is expected to be $56.9 million. County officials anticipate they will use nearly $155,000 in reserve monies to cover expenditures, according to Craig Warner, director of financial services.

The reserve fund will remain at 11 percent, however.

Warner told the commissioners on Tuesday of this week the county has seven priorities, law, justice, public safety, public services, government services, economic development and quality of life.

The 2014 preliminary budget Warner presented shows revenues for the year are expected to total just more than $56.5 million, including a road tax levy shift of nearly $2.9 million. Sales taxes received by the county are anticipated to amount to nearly $1.2 million more in 2014 than in 2013. Overall, revenues are expected to exceed 2013 figures by $1.9 million.

Expenses are expected to increase by approximately $1.5 million.

A public hearing for Yakima County’s 2014 budget was scheduled yesterday. The public can also weigh in on the proposed budget on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the city of Yakima council chambers, located at 129 N. Second St. in Yakima.

The hearing will continue at 7 p.m. the following day at the same location, and final adoption of the budget is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m.

The Yakima County commissioners yesterday approved the dates for the public hearings and date for final adoption by a 3-0 vote.

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