Walla Walla City budget woes worsen

The City Council will review the proposed budget in a workshop on Monday.

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WALLA WALLA - The most recent sales-tax and other revenue projections confirmed the budget shortfall for next year will be about $2 million.

Earlier in the year, the city had been projecting a $1.3 million shortfall, but over the last several months the shortfall climbed an additional $500,000, and in recent weeks moved closer to $2 million.

Two of the heaviest-cut departments, Parks and Recreation and the Walla Walla Public Library, did not receive additional cuts to make up for the recent increase in projected shortfalls, said Support Services Director Tim McCarty.

Other programs that had been slated to receive no funding have been provided minimal funding in recent weeks, and other changes can be expected as City Council reviews the budget.

"We had eliminated funding for the Community Center for Youth; now we have put some of that back. So it's a bouncing ball. It can be kind of hard to follow," McCarty said.

On Monday, City Council will review the proposed biennial budget at a open workshop, where public testimony is expect to be received.

That workshop will be at the Council chambers at 15 N. Third Avenue at 4 p.m.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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