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Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 23, 2007
Contact: Clarence Moriwaki
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 07-55

Kitsap County cuts $1,060,000 from general fund budget

PORT ORCHARD, WA— To help soften the projected budget shortfall of more than $3 million, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners today unanimously passed a resolution cutting $1,060,000 from the general fund.

“Cutting more than $1 million from the general fund budget shows that we’re serious about taking every step possible to be fiscally responsible,” Kitsap County Commission Board Chair Josh Brown said. “Leadership rings hollow if we don’t set by example, and that’s why the Board of Commissioners chose to cut $416,000 from our own budget.”

The more than $1 million in savings was made possible by the following budget cuts:

$400,000 savings from reducing the Board of Commissioners one-time only expenditure budget
$410,000 savings from not purchasing computer equipment
$152,000 savings from annual and sick leave cash-outs
$30,000 savings from not hiring extra help for the Prosecutor’s Office
$20,000 savings from not hiring extra help for the Parks and Recreation Department
$20,000 savings from not hiring extra help for General Administration and Operations
$16,000 savings from not hiring extra help for the Commissioners Office
$7,000 savings from not hiring extra help for the Purchasing Department
$5,000 savings from not hiring extra help from the Clerk’s Office

Brown warns that even with these and other cuts, the looming budget shortfall still poses a serious challenge to the county’s policy of maintaining a sufficient cash balance to meet basic payroll and bill paying requirements. Brown says the county’s hiring freeze and other cost savings measures will help close the budget gap, but like with every sector of the economy, Kitsap County has seen the cost of doing business rise faster than the rate of revenues.
 


To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Officer, 
call Clarence Moriwaki at 360-337-4481 or email: cmoriwak@co.kitsap.wa.us

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014