Special meeting to discuss county budget

The preliminary 2014 budget can be viewed on the county website.

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Walla Walla County commissioners will review and discuss the county’s preliminary 2014 budget at a special meeting Monday.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ room on the second floor of the Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Commissioners will review requests from county elected officials and department heads as well as the process to balance the county budget. There will be various presentations and a question-and-answer format.

Commissioners began holding an informational meeting on the budget process last year to help people learn more about the county budget process and the decisions to achieve a balanced budget, which is required by state law. According to a release from the commissioners’ office, the preliminary 2014 budget has about $1.6 million more in requested expenditures than there is in anticipated revenue.

The preliminary 2014 budget can be viewed on the county website at www.co.walla-walla.wa.us and copies may also be downloaded from the website. Due to the size of the 653-page document and because it is still preliminary, paper copies will not be available at the meeting. People are encouraged to make copies of any portions of the budget on which they might have questions to bring to the meeting.

The final budget will be adopted following a public hearing on the document, which by law takes place on the first Monday in December. This year’s hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2.

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