County budget meetings planned

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners will hold public meetings this month and in October on the county’s preliminary 2013 budget.

The first week’s meetings will begin Monday afternoon and continue on Tuesday and Wednesday. No meetings are scheduled for Thursday or Friday due to scheduling conflicts.

The next set of meetings will begin the afternoon of Oct. 8 and continue through Oct. 12.

Commission Chairman Greg Tompkins said the preliminary budget submitted to commissioners by the county auditor is $1.9 million out of balance in terms of expenditure requests over anticipated revenue. Requests submitted by department heads and elected officials will have to be reviewed and revisions made to balance the budget.

The public meetings are a change in the budget process. In previous years, a budget committee consisting of the county auditor, county treasurer, and one county commissioner would meet with elected officials and department heads to review their respective budgets and then make suggested revisions to commissioners, Tompkins said.

“In order for the public to hear and see the same information the Board (of Commissioners) utilizes in making decisions on balancing the upcoming year’s budget, the county commissioners have returned to the format of these open meetings,” Tompkins said. “I just think it’s important for people to know where we stand in terms of these tough economic times.”

A copy of the preliminary 2013 budget document will be posted on the county’s website, but due to the size of the document and the fact that it is the preliminary budget, only a small number of printed copies of the respective office or department preliminary budget will be available at each meeting,

State law requires that when commissioners have prepared a final balanced budget, a public hearing must be held on the first Monday of December prior to its adoption. This year that hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 at the commissioners’ court in the Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Meeting schedule

The schedule for public meetings on the preliminary 2013 budget for

Walla Walla County:

Monday

(No morning meetings scheduled due to commissioners being in session.)

2 p.m. — Facility maintenance

2:30 p.m. — Commissioners’ office

3:15 - 4 p.m. — (To be determined)

Tuesday

9 a.m. — Clerk’s Office

9:30 a.m. — (Break)

9:45 a.m. — WSU Extension office

10:15 a.m. — Assessor’s Office

1:30 p.m. — (To be determined)

2 p.m. — (To be determined)

2:30 p.m. — (Break)

2:45 p.m. — (To be determined)

3:15 p.m. — (To be determined)

Wednesday

9 a.m. — Technology Services Department

9:30 a.m. — (Break)

9:45 a.m. — County Auditor’s Office

10:15 a.m. — (To be determined)

1:30 p.m. — Public Health Department

2 p.m. — (To be determined)

2:30 p.m. — (Break)

2:45 p.m. — (To be determined)

3:15 p.m. — (To be determined)

Thursday

No meetings scheduled

Friday

No meetings scheduled

Oct. 8

(No morning meetings scheduled due to commissioners being in session)

2 p.m. — Court Services/Juvenile Justice Department

2:30 p.m. — Treasurer’s Office

3 p.m. — (Break)

3:15 p.m. — (To be determined)

Oct. 9

9 a.m. — Public Works Department/Road Department

9:30 a.m. — (Break)

9:45 a.m. — (To be determined)

10:15 a.m. — (To be determined)

1:30 p.m. — (To be determined)

2 p.m. — (To be determined)

2:30 p.m. — (Break)

2:45 p.m. — (To be determined)

3:15 p.m. — (To be determined)

Oct. 10

9 a.m. — Emergency Management Department

9:30 a.m. — (Break)

9:45 a.m. — (To be determined)

10:15 a.m. — Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

1:30 p.m. — Sheriff’s Office

2 p.m. — Sheriff’s Office

2:30 p.m. — (Break)

2:45 p.m. — (To be determined)

3:15 p.m. — (To be determined)

Oct. 11

10 a.m. — District Court

11 a.m. — (To be determined)

1:30 p.m. — (To be determined)

2 p.m. — (To be determined)

2:30 p.m. — (Break)

2:45 p.m. — (To be determined)

3:15 p.m. — (To be determined)

Oct. 12

8:30 a.m. — Superior Court

9:30 a.m. — Coroner’s Office (tentative)

10:30 a.m. — (To be determined)

1:30 p.m. — (To be determined)

2 p.m. — (To be determined)

(No further meetings scheduled)

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