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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 15, 2016
Contact: Amber D'amato, Director
Department of Administrative Services
360.337.5777 or adamato@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2016-082

County budget hearings underway
Hearings televised live

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County budget hearings for 2017 to review funding proposals from all county departments and agencies got underway Sept. 13. County departments are presenting funding requests for the 2017 budget to the Board of Commissioners, County Administrator and Budget Review Committee, an advisory group made up of a citizen representative from each Commissioner District and a county employee representing organized labor.

Hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 13; 1 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20; 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21; and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Hearings take place in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street in Port Orchard.

“This is a great opportunity for all citizens to hear details of what goes into making up departmental budgets as they are presented to the Board of County Commissioners,” said Board Chair, Commissioner Edward Wolfe. “You can hear the level of questioning that goes on and learn more about what’s proposed. We invite the public to attend or view the BKAT broadcasts and welcome their input.”

Budget presentations air live on the Bremerton-Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) station, broadcast on Comcast Channel 12 and WAVE Broadband Channel 3. The Budget Review Hearings schedule is available here or go to http://www.kitsapgov.com/das/default.htm and click on “2017 Budget Information.” There is a link there to the videos from each budget presentation.

Departmental presentations are open to the public to attend, but no public comment will be accepted during the presentations. Commissioners will deliberate and make preliminary budget decisions in early October with final deliberations in late October or November. A public hearing for the 2017 Kitsap County Budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 during the Board of Commissioners regular business meeting in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the County Administration Building.

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Last Updated:  September 16, 2016